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Greatest IT challenge for SMBs: keeping up with current tech

A recent survey from SWC Technology Partners focused on Windows 8, mobile apps, cloud computing, and other tech topics. Here are some of the survey's results.

The 2012 SWC Technology Trends Survey sponsored by SWC Technology Partners asked more than 220 mid-market IT and business leaders questions about Windows 8, cloud computing, SharePoint, revenue market share and profit margins, mobile apps, and their biggest tech challenges. One notable survey result is that over 28% of respondents answered "keeping up" when given the open-ended question "What is the greatest challenge in IT today?"

Here are some of the other highlights from the survey results:

  • 32.1% say their organization will be running Windows 8 by the end of 2012.
  • 50.9% say their organization will be running Windows 8 by the end of 2013.
  • 50.5% of respondents indicate their organization depends on one IT person.
  • 62.8% say they do not plan to build a mobile app within the next year.
  • 34.1% characterized their company's adoption of cloud computing as no activity.
  • 56% reported an increase in revenue over the last 12 months.

Download the SWC Tech Trend Survey  2012 results (PDF) for more details and analysis. Then, please share in the comments how these survey results compare with your organization. In particular, what is the biggest IT pain point for your SMB?

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Mary Weilage is a Senior Editor for CBS Interactive. She has worked for TechRepublic since 1999.

6 comments
Fairbs
Fairbs

There's an assumption here that it's necessary to keep up which I don't think is true for a lot of companies. We don't need Windows 8. We don't need to build a mobile ap. We use cloud computing, but even that is arguable in my mind as to the value.

Jensen G
Jensen G

There is no way that nearly 1/3 of SMBs will be running Windows 8 by end of year. Many SMBs are still on XP, and my own experience has shown that most will only upgrade their OS when purchasing a new computer unless a specific factor is forcing them to upgrade. I just don't believe the numbers in this survey!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Isn't that number a little Unbelievable since it's now late October and Windows 8 is yet to be released? Col

Necker
Necker

All fine and dandy but I'd love nothing more than to have the latest technology here as it happens. But the cost and time it takes to migrate and change is my stumbling block. In this time of osterity it seems this article is aimed at the companies more money and time than sense rather than the More sense than money brigade in which I fall. Therefore, for me this articles title which ignores cost and time makes no sense and is just some useless statistics (again).

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

"Hey, we've got a half-dozen Surface RT tablets for sales force to access their e-mail. We're running W8! Of course, 70% of our systems are running W7, and 29.825 are running XP."

info
info

What if they only had 12 respondents? ;) And is that TOTALLY Windows 8, or just a portion? What if it's a SMB that were purchasing new PCs with Win8 on them?

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