SMBs in developing countries are keeping pace with more developed counterparts when it comes to providing employees with smartphones, netbooks and media tablets, IDC finds.
adoption and personal use of advanced technology is paying dividends for small
to midsize businesses (SMBs) around the world as the consumerization of IT
continues to expand, especially in developing countries, according to survey
research from IT research firm IDC.
report found that SMBs in developing countries are much more likely to
encourage the use of worker-owned technology, allowing employee smartphones,
netbooks and media tablets to be connected to company networks to run a host of
different business applications.
in developed countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and
Japan typically indicate higher levels of advanced technology use, from
notebook PCs to wireless networks, than do similarly sized firms in developing
countries such as China or Brazil. However, the gap closes quickly when
portable computing/communications products are added to the mix.
in developing countries are keeping pace with their more developed counterparts
when it comes to providing employees with smartphones, netbooks/mininotebooks
and media tablets, and in some cases, the report found they are actually more
likely to provide these products to their staff. IDC research indicated China-based
SMBs are providing company-owned smartphones to employees most often.
remain competitive and increase efficiency, SMBs in developing countries are
leveraging workers' own technologies," said Ray Boggs, vice president of
small and medium business markets at IDC. "Despite the potential security
risks, these SMBs continue to allow employees to gain access to the company
network and related resources through their own devices." This
consumerization of IT has important implications for technology providers as
well as for firms competing against SMBs that are taking advantage of every
productivity tool they can.
research also found that, independent of region, midsize firms (MBs) are more
likely to provide employees with advanced mobile devices than are small
businesses (SBs). In developed countries, 33.7 percent of SBs and 46.7 percent
of MBs indicated they provide access to the business network for employee-owned
study, "Consumerization of IT in SMBs Worldwide: Developing Countries
Outpacing Developed Ones in Leveraging Employee-Owned Technology,"
examines the ways in which SMBs in developed and developing countries are
supporting the use of advanced technology by their workers. The extent to which
smartphones, netbooks and media tablets are provided to workers is described
along with the access to corporate resources available to employees using their
own portable computing and communications products. Midmarket companies from
six countries are examined: the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany,
Japan, China and Brazil.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.