The Internet is buzzing after the release of the Spiceworks™ “State of SMB IT” report for September 2010. The Spiceworks Voice of IT® market researchers are predicting that SMBs (small and medium businesses) will be spending considerably more on IT in the final months of 2010 as compared to the start of the year. Researchers cite a return to “business as usual.”
Spiceworks suggests that the spending increases will not occur in staffing, but in more conservative core technology investments. Virtualization technologies are high on the list, as well as hardware to replace aging and outdated systems, and anti-virus/anti-spam software.
“An overwhelming majority of respondents (91%) are planning to make at least one purchase, upgrade or renewal across hardware, software or IT services by the end of 2010,” proposes the report. The respondents consisted of 3000 SMB IT professionals worldwide. (You can request a copy of the report here.)
Interestingly, Spiceworks advised that spending on cloud computing was not likely to rise, and reported that “unproven technology” was the main concern cited by respondents who have no plans to move to the cloud. In contradiction to that, Gartner also recently released their own study on IT spending, which puts forward that 39% of its respondents are budgeting for cloud computing as a “key initiative.”
Gartner surveyed 1,587 IT budget management professionals worldwide to receive this difference of opinion. “The cloud market is evolving rapidly, with 39 percent of survey respondents worldwide indicating they allocated IT budget to cloud computing as a key initiative for their organization,” said Bob Igou, research director at Gartner. “One-third of the spending on cloud computing is a continuation from the previous budget year, a further third is incremental spending that is new to the budget, and 14 percent is spending that was diverted from a different budget category in the previous year.”
So which is it? Is your SMB planning on investing in the cloud, or is it focusing on hardware and software? Which survey do you think more accurately describes the SMB climate in Tennessee? We look forward to your comments.