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Key IT Business Challenges

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2007-11-02 Print this article Print

Companies with under 1,000 employees spent nearly $200 billion on IT goods and services in 2007, and are rapidly adopting technology previously reserved for enterprises to grow their businesses.

Key Business IT Challenges

Controlling IT spending and maintenance costs, as well as leveraging IT to increase productivity are SMBs' chief IT challenges, the survey show.

Controlling IT spending37%
High IT maintenance costs26%
Using IT to increase user productivity 23%
Extending life of legacy systems20%
Integration issues 18%
Finding vendors that understand business15%
Leveraging IT to enhance customer service 14%
Upgrading to Vista14%
Finding and retaining IT talent 12%

NEXT: Top SMB IT Purchasing Criteria

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis EnterpriseÔÇÖs Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP TechnologyÔÇÖs VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTargetÔÇÖs Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.
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