Tablets, Cloud Services Gaining Traction Among SMBs: Spiceworks
The report found 50 percent of SMBs have deployed or plan to deploy tablets, such as iPads, within the next six months.A study issued by IT management software specialist Spiceworks revealed that small and midsize businesses continue to embrace advanced technology-including tablet computers, cloud services and virtualization technology-at a rapid pace. According to the results of the company's State of SMB IT survey, nearly half of SMBs have adopted tablet computers and cloud services, while IT budgets for the second half of 2011 saw the greatest jump in more than two years. The report found 50 percent of SMBs have deployed or plan to deploy tablet devices, such as iPads, within the next six months, and noted adoption of cloud services continues to rise rapidly among SMBs, while virtualization is still their top IT initiative. Cloud services are now used by 46 percent of SMBs, a significant rise over the 28 percent that reported using cloud services in the first half of 2011 and the 14 percent that reported doing so mid-year 2010.
Virtualization continues to dominate the SMB market, the survey found. Currently, 61 percent of midmarket businesses use virtualization, which is up from the 54 percent that reported using virtualization during the first half of 2011. In addition, IT budgets saw the largest increase in two years as SMBs continue to add IT staff. Overall IT budgets in the second half of 2011 grew 9 percent when compared with IT budgets for the first half of 2011-the largest increase in two years.