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Articles by Benjamin Tomkins
posted in August 2008
Worldwide, the market for SaaS is projected to grow 25% annually and reach $19.3 billion by 2011. Much of the fuel for the growth comes from China, where the annual growth rate is pegged 33% and almost 20% of the total market ($3.8 billion). And in China, the SMBs are the growth engine -- 42 million of them contributed 60 % of GDP and by 2012 there will be 50 million.
The paperless office. Now there's a mirage. Businesses of all sizes struggle to manage the flow of paper and scanning documents for digital archiving and management puts companies in control of the information. But scanning is just the start -- what do you do with all those scanned documents?
Despite the tight economy, belt tightening is not top of mind for midsize businesses. Rather, security is what's keeping IT decision makers awake at night. And, few of them are happy about how their company is using IT to achieve business goals.
How's your inbox? Full? Overflowing? Bursting? You're not alone. Getting a handle on all that information is a challenge previous working generations never faced. But all those messages stacking up are a symptom of a larger problem -- intellectual property, business intelligence, and required regulatory compliance. And if your business isn't archiving e-mail, it's all slipping away no matter how good yo
What do you know! Just after bMighty puts out a slideshow of 8 Ultraportable Laptops For Growing Businesses, two of the featured manufacturers roll out new models -- both at or near the coveted 3 lb. mark.
"SMBs are at an interesting point right now. When they open for business they don't think about main street, they think across the county, they think globally. The days of the yellow pages are gone."
With IT losing appeal as a career choice for the workers of tomorrow, growing businesses face a tougher market for affordable IT talent, but all is not lost -- there are ways to keep a competitive edge in the hiring race.
There's so much cloud computing talk right now, it borders on inescapable. But smaller businesses have been taking a wait and see approach, holding steady until the mists fade and reveal a clear path to follow. That reticence may have saved some from missteps, while costing others opportunity, but now the clouds may be lifting.
Heads are rolling at Fortune Small Business. Ad spending is down. Entrepreneur Media can't find a buyer. The "SMB" media landscape is shifting (along with the rest of it), but do small and midsize business people care?
Not too long ago, I spoke with two product managers for HP StorageWorks. One promoted disk backup. One promoted tape backup. There was some middle ground, but one thing they were in lockstep about was the small and mid-market audience for the products. Fast forward a few weeks and guess what? HP is rolling out a SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) option, yet another offering right in the wheelhouse of smaller and growing companies.