By Martin Vilaboy
Very Small but Growing
Just more than half of small businesses with 1 to 19 employees expect to increase spending on technology in 2015, according to a survey from SMB Group. A very small percentage of very small businesses, meanwhile, plan to decrease spending, with just 1 percent planning significant decreases.So, how much?
In terms of pure dollars, a plurality of very small businesses expects to spend between $1,000 and $10,000 on technology in 2015, SMB Group also found. Nearly a third, however, expect to spend somewhere between $10,000 and $50,000.New Systems, Security Rise as Priorities
Developing new systems has been among the top three priorities for IT organizations since the beginning of the recovery, according to surveys of North American IT executives from Computer Economics. This objective’s rise to the top in the latest survey is a positive sign, says the research house. IT organizations are no longer just improving existing systems; they are beginning to invest in new systems. Another change in priorities that stands out this year is IT security, which moved from seventh place, where it has languished during the past three years, into fourth place.Out-of-the-Box Collaboration
Apart from traditional collaboration solutions of file sharing and communications, a good chunk of SMBs expect SaaS business applications to have collaborative properties. A full third of SMBs and 44 percent of midmarket businesses say that SaaS applications should have built-in collaboration properties out-of-the-box, according to Techaisle surveys. The success of a cloud business application, they say, is its ability to provide/support collaboration, including email and/or hosted telephony.MDM on the Radar?
A new study by Spiceworks shows mobile security is a hot-button issue in IT, but there’s not much being done about it. According to the study, 98% of IT professionals are concerned about security risks affecting mobile devices, but less than half of them are actively working to protect these devices, either through mobile device management solutions or anti-malware software. The results of the study are particularly surprising given the rise in security breaches gaining attention during the past year.
Percentage of small businesses surveyed by Citrix that claim to use video conference more now than they did a year ago. Why? 35% say because it allows them to collaborate with customer/partners over long distances, while 33% say it’s because VC technologies have gotten better.
Mobility at Work
Worth around $3.8 billion in revenue in 2014, the worldwide enterprise mobility market is expected to hit $9.6 billion by 2018, according to forecasts from 451 Research. “EMM is moving from tools that control mobility, to instrumental elements that enable productivity for a growing number of mobile-enabled employees,” said Chris Hazelton, research director for 451 Research’s Enterprise Mobility channel. “Mobile apps in the enterprise are growing in importance and are the key to driving business transformation, and EMM will play a key role in putting these apps in the hands of users.”
The average U.S. broadband speed in Mbps in the second quarter of 2014, according to Akamai. That’s an increase of 8.9% over first quarter of 2014, which saw a 9% speed increase over the last quarter of 2013. The 11.4 Mbps average broadband speed represented a 39% increase over the same period in 2013.