rsssmb IDC RSS alerts U.S. SMB Cloud Applications and Platform Preferences: 2017 Update <P>This IDC Survey provides a detailed look at the use of different software applications by U.S. small businesses (SBs with fewer than 100 employees) and midsize firms (MBs with 100–999 employees). Analysis begins with the extent to which SBs and MBs cite the use of cloud resources in general and the average number of cloud applications in use. The use of 19 different software categories in general is then examined for SBs and MBs, with additional detail on firms with 50–99 employees. The use of 25 different cloud applications is then examined, with 10 applications identified where cloud deployment accounts for the largest share of total use.</P><P>The top 5 SMB software applications planned for acquisition in the next 12 months are identified. General SMB preferences for new application deployment are examined from three perspectives: the share of firms preferring on-premises, preferring cloud, and having no preference, so willing to consider both cloud and on-premises solutions. The total of cloud and no preference indicates the share of firms open to considering new cloud applications. The survey concludes with an examination of SMB use of different cloud platforms (like Amazon Web Services, CenturyLink/Savvis, IBM SoftLayer, Ingram Micro Cloud/Odin, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, and VMware) as well as different cloud frameworks (like Appian, CoreOS, Docker, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, and Red Hat OpenShift).</P> IDC Survey Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Raymond Boggs Western European SMBs Show Increasing Spending in Traditional IT, Thanks to DX, 3rd Platform, and IA Technology Investments, Says IDC LONDON, November 9, 2017 — IT spending for the SMB market in Western Europe is expected to reach $125.3 billion in 2017, with growth of 3.4% over 2016. According to a new study from International Data Corporation (IDC), IT spending will exceed $137 million by 2021, generating a 2.5% CAGR over the 2016–2021 forecast period. In Western Europe, IT spending by the SMB market represents a third of total spending. SMBs are the heart of the Western European economic structure, accounting for more than 99% of the business population and more than two-thirds of total employment. Research Press Release Thu, 09 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT 2017年 国内SMB IT市場 第3のプラットフォーム活用による企業革新の取り組み <P>本調査レポートでは、国内SMB IT市場(Small and Medium Business:中堅中小企業、従業員規模999人以下の企業と定義)における「第3のプラットフォーム」のソリューション(クラウド、モビリティ、データアナリティクス、ソーシャル技術)の利用動向、およびIT支出規模予測を提供するものである。2017年2月に実施した「国内SMBユーザー調査」の結果から、「第3のプラットフォーム」ならびに「イノベーションアクセラレーター」の導入/検討状況について分析すると共に、SMBが企業変革を目的にした「第3のプラットフォーム」活用の展望と課題について分析している。</P><P>SMBにおける「第3のプラットフォーム」のソリューションの利用検討状況をユーザー調査結果から見た場合、ITを活用して効果を期待する経営課題のうち「売上拡大」または「業務プロセス変革」を挙げたSMBでは、各ソリューションを積極的に導入する傾向があるとみている。また、ITを活用して企業変革を模索する企業では、「第3のプラットフォーム」を中心としたIT活用が見込まれる。ただし、現状のSMBにおいて各ソリューションの導入に関する課題も多い。したがって、「ITサプライヤーは、国内SMB IT市場において、第3のプラットフォームのソリューションの利用を促進するためには、ユーザー企業の企業変革の取り組みに対してシステム面だけではなく、多様な支援を提供することが有効である」とIDC Japan ITスペンディングのリサーチマネージャーである市村 仁は分析している。</P> Market Perspective Thu, 02 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT Hitoshi Ichimura IDC FutureScape: Worldwide SMB 2018 Predictions <P>This IDC study provides IDC's top 10 predictions for SMBs in 2018.</P><P>"Forward-looking IT managers, business unit leaders, and senior executives in small and midsize businesses will harness a wide range of technology to support positive business outcomes in challenging times. The synthesis of near-term needs and long-term vision will be at the heart of effective company technology investment moving forward." — Raymond Boggs, vice president, Small and Medium Business research at IDC</P> IDC FutureScape Tue, 31 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Raymond Boggs, Carla La Croce, Hitoshi Ichimura, Jim Westcott, Jason Blackwell Western Europe SMB IT Spending Forecast, 2017–2021 <P>SMBs represent the heart of Western European economic structure, accounting for more than 99% of the business population and more than two-thirds of total employment. They are spread across all vertical markets and characterized by high heterogeneity, both in the structure and in their contributions across the region in terms of value-added and employment creation. SMBs are more concentrated on services in terms of number of companies, and according to a recent OECD publication (<I>Small, Medium, Strong. Trends in SME Performance and Business Conditions</I>, 2017), their value-added and employment contribution is higher in distribution and professional services than in manufacturing.</P><P>This IDC study examines the IT spending of SMBs, which we define as companies with 1–499 employees in a country. IT spending forecasts for the SMB segment are provided and analyzed by size band and by vertical market at the regional level, and for the top 5 Western European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K.). For the purpose of this study, data is provided for five company size bands (1-9 employees, 10-99 employees, 100-499 employees, 500-999 employees, 1,000+ employees) to allow comparisons with the large enterprise segment and the total IT market.</P> Market Forecast Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Carla La Croce, Angela Vacca 2017 U.S. SMB Storage Update: Technology Priorities, Preferences, and Plans — Company Size, Industry, and Attitude Segment <P>This IDC Survey examines the current and planned use of different storage solutions by U.S. small businesses (SBs with fewer than 100 employees) and midsize firms (MBs with 100-999 employees) with additional detail on SBs with 50-99 employees. The extent to which SMBs cite increasing storage capacity/improving storage management as an IT spending priority is examined by company size and industry. The share of storage spending by company size is then compared across seven product categories: disk hardware, solid state disk (SSD) hardware, tape hardware, optical hardware, storage software, storage services (excluding online/cloud), and online/cloud storage.</P><P>SMB use of different technology for data backup, data protection, or disaster recovery is examined by company size for backup to disk, backup to tape, backup to disk and tape (e.g., disk-to-disk-to-tape), backup appliance, online storage, and hybrid on-premise/cloud. A summary of those using either online storage or hybrid on-premise/cloud solutions is provided, and the share of firms with no backup is also presented.</P><P>Storage use is also examined by SMB attitude cluster This segmentation is based on respondent levels of agreement with eight attitude statements that yield five distinct SMB clusters: SMB 2.0, SMB 1.5 Fast Followers, Pragmatic Hands On, Middle-of the-Road Worriers, and IT Indifferent. The share of different SMB clusters citing storage as an IT spending priority is examined first after which spending percentages are compared across three key categories: traditional disk hardware, online cloud storage, and SSD hardware. The use of six different technology for data backup, data protection, or disaster recovery is also compared across clusters.</P><P>The document concludes with a comparison of current and planned use of different cloud storage across five categories: cloud data protection/backup, cloud business continuance (replication, disaster recovery), cloud archive (compliance, analytics), cloud file services (file synch and share, collaboration), and cloud-to-cloud backup. </P> IDC Survey Thu, 26 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Raymond Boggs Verizon 3Q17 Earnings — Stepping into the "Unlimited Mobile" Fray <P>On October 19, 2017, Verizon released its 3Q17 earnings report. The company reported revenue of $30.5 billion, a slight increase of 2.5% over 3Q16 revenue. But, the company's adjusted EPS has decreased slightly from $1.01 in 3Q16 to 0.98 cents in 3Q17. But, excluding revenue from the divested local landline businesses in California, Florida, and Texas; datacenters; and acquisitions (Telogis, Fleetmatics, XO's fiber-optic network business, and Yahoo!), total revenue declined marginally by 2.3% over 3Q16.</P> IDC Link Thu, 26 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Courtney Munroe Impact of SMB Cloud Adoption on the Kenya Server Market <P>This IDC Market Perspective provides an update on the impact that cloud adoption among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) is having on the server market in Kenya. It looks at the current players in the server market, outlines the challenges SMBs face in terms of server hardware spending, and identifies the business models server vendors can adopt to remain relevant and profitable. This document also explains how server vendors can leverage their strengths to sustain and possibly grow business.</P><P>"Sales of server hardware to SMBs in Kenya continue to decline, primarily due to challenging financial conditions and the ongoing adoption of cloud as part of digital transformation initiatives. The recent strategic partnerships between ISPs and cloud solution providers in Kenya are also boosting the adoption of cloud among SMBs. Server hardware vendors in Kenya should thus realign their business arrangements with channel partners to take advantage of the new technologies, particularly as SMBs in Kenya continue to embrace digital transformation." — Research Analyst Andrew Kirui, IDC East Africa</P> Market Perspective Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Andrew Kibet Kirui Western Europe SMB Confidence Outlook: April-June 2017 <P>This IDC Market Perspective examines the state of Western European SMBs in 2Q17, with a focus on the current economic situation and the level of their business confidence expectations. The analysis focuses on the top 5 countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K.</P><P>"Western European SMBs are stabilizing their growth, and the outlook appears positive. Vendors should identify the markets they want to target with custom solutions to follow SMBs' growth path in the digital transformation era," said Carla La Croce, research analyst, IDC Customer Insight and Analysis.</P> Market Perspective Tue, 10 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Carla La Croce Dropbox Raises Stakes in Integration and Security <P>On September 20, 2017, Dropbox made two developer announcements that could have a major impact on the company's push into the broader realm of managing enterprise content. While the announcements have received little coverage outside the tech blogs, the launch of the DBX integration platform and enhanced rewards and emphasis for the company's Bug Bounty Program both reinforce the company's commitment to providing a robust content infrastructure that can serve as the underpinnings for content management and collaboration across a wide range of businesses.</P> IDC Link Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Terry Frazier, Raymond Boggs, Wayne Kurtzman