SMEs Put Their Faith in Traditional IT

By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 2013-10-29 Email

Despite all the hype about cloud computing, most small and midsize enterprises remain committed to on-premise systems that are tied to strategic business initiatives, according to a new survey of 100 executives involved in strategic business decisions at U.S. SMEs. That doesn't mean there isn't interest in cloud infrastructure; it just means that the impediments to its adoption are still quite significant with SMEs. Topping that list of obstacles is security, which represents both an opportunity and a challenge for channel companies to provide offerings to address SMEs' concerns. The study, conducted by IDC on behalf of Progress Software, finds that more than half the survey respondents tied investments in IT to gaining a competitive business advantage. Ultimately, that means many of them have faith that investing in IT will pay off for their businesses. Of course, limited IT budgets remain a challenge, which means solution providers in the channel will need to show customers how they can save money in one area in order to free up the funds they need to invest in more strategic IT initiatives that can significantly transform the business for the better hopefully sooner than later. Channel Insider examines key takeaways from the study.

Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.

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