rsssmb IDC RSS alerts 2018 U.S. SMB PCs and Alternatives: Use and Plans for Desktops, Notebooks, Chromebooks, Convertibles, Virtual Desktops, Devices as a Service, Smartphones, Phablets, and Tablets <P>This IDC Survey updates last year's examination of the preferences and attitudes of U.S. small businesses (SBs with fewer than 100 employees) and midsize firms (MBs with 100-999 employees) regarding the use and planned acquisition of PCs of different types. Six different PC and related products are examined: desktop PCs; notebook PCs; convertible notebook PCs (2-in-1), which have detachable screens that can operate as tablets; Chromebooks; virtual desktops; and devices as a service. In addition, use and plans for tablets, smartphones, and phablets (large-screen smartphones) are examined. </P><P>The extent to which PCs continue to be cited as a top IT spending priority is examined across SMB company size and industry categories: agriculture/mining, construction, manufacturing, transportation/communications/warehousing/utilities, banking/finance/securities, insurance/real estate, legal services, architecture/engineering, healthcare and social assistance, education/education services, wholesale trade, retail trade, other professional/technical/scientific services, other business services, and other consumer services/entertainment/accommodations/food services. Share of technology spending on hardware, software, IT services, and cloud services is then compared by company size with a closer look at the share of hardware spending represented by PCs, tablets, printers/MFPs/peripherals, servers, smartphones, networking/data communications equipment, and telecom equipment. Hardware spending share and both PC and smartphone share of hardware spending are also compared by industry. </P><P>This IDC Survey presents current use and future acquisition plans of the seven portable technology product categories by SBs (with firms with 50-99 employees broken out separately), MBs, and 14 SMB verticals. The three nontraditional PC approaches (Chromebook, virtual desktop, and desktop as a service) are then examined in greater detail with the share of firms using or planning to use any of the alternatives examined by company size. This IDC Survey concludes with an examination of the share of virtual desktop users with different virtual desktop solutions including those from Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, and Red Hat.</P> IDC Survey Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Raymond Boggs IDC Finds Varying Degrees of GDPR Awareness and Preparation Among Global Small and Midsize Businesses A recent IDC survey found that less than half of European small and midsize businesses (SMBs) have taken steps to prepare for the pending EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Among non-European SMBs, the share of prepared firms is significantly lower. Research Press Release Tue, 03 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Worldwide SMB Preparation/Plans for GDPR, 2018 <P>This IDC Survey examines the awareness, activity, and expectations of small businesses (SBs with 10–99 employees) and midsize firms (MBs with 100–999 employees) regarding the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The regulation, scheduled to take effect May 25, 2018, has strict requirements for the protection of consumer data including encryption and protection of anonymity. Potential penalties are severe — up to €20 million ($28 million) or 4% of annual revenue — for noncompliance, although regulators are more likely to focus on progress toward the goal than penalizing those not quite finished with GDPR conformity.</P><P>The extent to which European firms cite compliance with new regulations (like GDPR) as a security priority is examined for small and medium-sized companies. GDPR awareness and engagement are then compared across six different categories: Aware/have taken steps, aware/need to take steps, aware/no action/none planned, unsure of implications/need to comply, not aware/will need to take action, not aware/no action/future action unlikely. The share of firms in general and in detail that have taken specific steps are then examined both regionally (European and non-European) and in detail for seven countries: United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, India, China, and Brazil. The total share of firms aware of GDPR is examined first along with the share of firms that believe they will need to take action to comply. The share of firms planning no action, independent of their awareness of GDPR, is also examined.</P> IDC Survey Fri, 30 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Raymond Boggs, Carla La Croce Broadband Providers Increase Speeds; Cable Grows Subscriber Numbers <P>Cable operators in the United States continue to increase broadband speeds and gain market share. However, telcos are not simply sitting back, as they are also making network investments to retain a level of competitive offers. This IDC Link looks at some of the recent announcements by cable and telco service providers covering residential and business subscribers.</P> IDC Link Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Jason Blackwell A Look into Blockchain Adoption Among Western European Small and Medium-Sized Businesses <P>This IDC Survey analyzes blockchain adoption among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in Western Europe in 2018. It examines blockchain awareness among SMBs and the purposes for which these companies are using or planning to use this technology. </P><P>The presentation is based on the results of the IDC <I>European Vertical Markets Survey 2017</I>, which involved 1,967 companies with more than 10 employees in over 86% of the European economy (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the Nordics, and the U.K.). The results in the presentation come from respondents with fewer than 500 employees (955 companies).</P><P>"The survey shows that there is a widespread need for education on blockchain among SMBs, as it has been, so far, mainly a large-companies affair. Awareness is increasing, but deployment is at its very early stage among the whole small companies' market. SMBs in Western Europe are using or are planning to use blockchain for different purposes, the most important being regulatory compliance, automating and tracking transactions, and data security and integrity," says Carla La Croce, senior research analyst, IDC Customer Insights and Analysis.</P><P>The company size classes considered are:</P><UL><LI>Very small companies (10–49 employees)</LI><LI>Small companies (50–99 employees)</LI><LI>Low-end, medium-sized companies (100–249 employees)</LI><LI>High-end, medium-sized companies (250–499 employees)</LI></UL> IDC Survey Tue, 13 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Carla La Croce Worldwide SMB File Synchronization and Share Forecast, 2018–2021 <P>This IDC study presents a forecast of the SMB file synchronization and sharing market for 2018–2021. Additional analysis includes the key drivers and inhibitors of the FSS market.</P><P>"SMB interest in file sync and share continues to grow, and it's one of the top 3 cloud applications planned for future acquisition," said Ray Boggs, program VP for Small and Medium Business Research. "Interest and engagement increasingly echo that found in larger companies."</P><P>Terry Frazier, research director, Content Technologies and Document Workflow, noted major changes in the market: "File sync and share is evolving into a much broader set of content services around collaboration, analytics, and workflow. This makes it increasingly of interest as digital transformation pressures businesses of all sizes to improve the customer and knowledge worker experience with collaboration, security, and analytics tools. These can all help bridge silos, speed up business processes, and mobilize content independent of location."</P> Market Forecast Tue, 06 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Raymond Boggs, Terry Frazier Digital Transformation Through the Back Door: How SMB Tactical Needs Will Drive DX Embrace, and What Technology Providers Need to Keep in Mind <P>These event proceedings were presented at the IDC Directions conferences in Santa Clara and Boston in February and March 2018.</P><P>The past 12 months have seen a "digital awakening" among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) (firms with fewer than 1,000 employees) worldwide. SMBs have long been interested in leveraging technology for competitive advantage but are increasingly looking to coordinate resources and invest for the most efficient digital economy engagement. For many, though, digital transformation (DX) is still less a priority than improving other performance areas. This is the "DX paradox." Ray Boggs provides an update on the SMB DX journey and how SMBs globally are sharpening technology investments for maximum impact. What technology areas are SMBs looking to strengthen, and what key capabilities will SMBs be looking for in the future from technology providers?</P> Conference: Tech Supplier Mon, 26 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Raymond Boggs Mobility at the Heart of the Digital Workspace <P>"The digital workspace has been designed around the end-user and has business in mind," said Angela Salmeron, research manager, IDC Western Europe Enterprise Mobility. "With mobility at its heart, the new workspace is augmenting our skills and capabilities to new horizons never imagined before, connecting humans and machines, and positively impacting productivity, efficiency, and customer engagement." </P> Market Perspective Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Angela Salmeron Western Europe Mobile Worker Forecast and Analysis, 2018-2022 <P>This IDC study forecasts the Western European mobile worker population by segment and analyzes trends and drivers in mobile adoption. It includes home-based workers, office-based mobile workers, and non-office-based mobile workers. This document contains projected data for 2017–2022.</P><P>"Mobility will maintain a leading position among business ICT priorities. Powering the interest in mobility will be advanced mobile connectivity, collaboration, and mobile storage for non-office-based employees, and enhanced mobile security around software, applications, and content. Thus, the market will experience higher levels of mobility among office-based and home-based workers," said Rosie Secchi, research manager, European Enterprise Mobility.</P> Market Forecast Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rosie Secchi Worldwide SMB IT Spending to Pass $600 Billion in 2018, Driven by Mid-Market Demand for Software and Services, According to IDC A new update to the Worldwide Semiannual Small and Medium Business Spending Guide from IDC forecasts total IT spending by small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) to be nearly $602 billion in 2018, an increase of 4.9% over 2017. Research Press Release Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT