Microsoft recently commissioned a survey to appraise the adoption of new technology by SMBs (small to midsize businesses). The results are in, and it appears that while smaller businesses feel new technologies are important to their success, they’re still not using them.
The survey was conducted in May of this year by Ipsos, and included 551 small business owners that represented 5000+ adult workers over the age of 18. They were asked to rank the importance of technologies, ranging from traditional items all the way to the latest headline grabbing trends. Which ones fared best? While the new “hot” items such as tablets and payment solutions were judged to be important, they weren’t nearly as important as laptops, desktops, and even landlines. In fact, despite the overwhelming acceptance that it can improve flexibility in the workplace, only 30% of respondents reported their company was currently utilizing cloud computing.
So why the discrepancy? Per the survey, the number one concern for smaller business owners was the cost involved with investing in these new developments. Additionally, respondents felt that their questions and concerns over the security of these new methods had not been sufficiently answered.
We hear you, SMBs! At Micro Visions, we know the security of your enterprise data is of utmost importance. We understand that every single dollar counts when it comes to your bottom line. However, we also believe that developing a technology strategy that aligns with business objectives is vital, and proactive upgrades can be far less expensive than equipment failures and lost productivity resulting from downtime. Here’s an interesting fact for you: Small businesses as a group are the hardest hit by IT system downtime each year, resulting in a loss of about $15 billion!
You can read the entire survey by following this LINK. And if any of the results seem familiar, GIVE US A CALL. Our experienced team can conduct an onsite audit to help determine if your current technology is capable of keeping pace with your business goals. We’ll explain the advantages and disadvantages of new technologies as they relate specifically to your individual business needs, and we’ll help you determine when the best time is going to be for you to invest. After all, even though we love them, we don’t necessarily believe every employee needs one of these quite yet.