2010 Review: Top 10 SME IT stories

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2010 Review: Top 10 SME IT stories

Kathleen Hall

It's been a tough year for SMEs, with many turning to IT innovation to combat a tough business climate. Read our round-up of the top IT SME stories of 2010.

The IT SME procurement challenge

The government has announced it will increase SME procurement to 25% of public sector contracts. But is it likely to meet this quota with small ICT businesses? These firms are often well placed to offer the public sector the innovation and flexibility so many of its IT systems need. And with the scale of public sector savings required, the government could benefit from a shift from the status quo.

Thin clients can slash SME IT costs

Small businesses could cut their IT costs in half by ditching PCs and replacing them with thin clients, according to research.

Smartphones - a tool for SME growth

According to the Open University, 48% of small businesses are now using smartphones, with a further 9% planning to adopt the technology this year, enabling SMEs to respond quickly to all manner of positive and negative business matters.

Many small businesses still not online

One in five small businesses does not have a website, according to research from the Forum of Private Business.

Cloud computing to explode in SME market

Cloud adoption could become more widespread in the small business sector than in larger organisations, according to experts speaking at the 360IT event in London.

Virtualisation top of SME IT spending priorities

A global study of more than 3,000 SME IT professionals has revealed that many plan to increase IT spending in the second half of this year. Virtualisation technology and investments that optimise existing resources are their top IT priorities.

Small businesses need internet access 24/7

For owner-managers running a business with few resources, not having regular access to the internet can be a huge handicap.

Top IT strategies for smaller businesses

Small businesses can use IT to cut costs, stay one step ahead of the competition and avoid breaking the bank. Read our 10 top tips on the best IT strategies for SMEs.

SMEs need help because they are exposing themselves to partners

SME's are today reliant on IT systems to store vital information. The need to protect this information from fraudsters or competitors is vital.

IT contingency planning tips

Freezing weather conditions cost businesses millions of pounds last week. But small firms shouldn't wait for the next cold snap before putting IT continuity systems in place. Read our tips to minimise damage when the worst case scenario comes to pass.


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