1 Progressive SMBs Use Technology As A Game Changer
Progressive What’s SMBs – next? Invest more in Adoption of solutions based on mobile, cloud, Technology social and analytics Use of technology- Use Technology as fueled services— a business enabler such as Elance and oDesk Generate revenue Use of IT more than other infrastructure SMBs. services
Cloud A 2 doption Accelerates, But SMBs Steer Clear Of Dark Clouds
80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 2013 2014 Use of infrastructure applications and cloud business to grow from 33% to 44% in 2014
However, some cloud vendors—threatened by high churn Rates and Wall Street—have backtracked on their easier, faster, cheaper cloud pledge.
As SMBs go further into the cloud, they will prefer vendors that remain true to the original cloud offer, and steer clear of dark clouds.
Mo 3 bile Management Becomes a Priority As SMB Mobile App Use Soars
Adoption % in 2014 Mobile Friendly Websites Using Mobile Apps Mobile Apps Deployed Mobile Solutions 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
However, concerns about manageability, security, cost and provisioning will make mobile management a top priority for SMBs.
Social 4 Media Marketing Stalls As SMBs Re-focus Marketing Practices
Small Medium Businesses Businesses Uses Social Uses Social Media Media Not Uses Soc Not Use Soci ial Media al Media Many SMBs now “get” that they require a social media Existence. In 2014, SMBs will focus more on the networks and content relevant to their business where they can target audiences, and how to convert these social connections into customers.
SMBs V 5 iew Payment Systems in a New Light
Credit Cards and checks are still the top forms of payment that SMBs accept.
What’s Next? Gift Cards, Mobile Wallet, PayPal and also Dwolla—a payment network
SMB 6 s Prepare for the Insight Economy
Only 18% of small, In 2014, SMB- and 57% of focused vendors medium businesses will focus more on utilize analytics and how their solutions business empower and intelligence enable better solutions decision-making and Insights.
A better analytics is the key to success.
SMBs 7 Integrate to Gain Higher Solution Value
In 2013, integration of cloud-to-cloud solutions as In 2014, we predict that wel as cloud-to-on-premises integration wil be the higher solutions moved up from concern even among smal the #4 to the #1 chal enge and medium businesses for medium businesses.
The Af 8 fordable Care Act Puts Workforce Management in the SMB Spotlight
Many SMBs continue to hobble along with a patchwork of manual tracking and disconnected solutions to manage activities e.g. time and attendance, scheduling, payroll, HR which leads to uncertainty, costs and regulatory risks .
That situation is about to change. Really? With Affordable Care Act (take effect on January 1, 2015) for businesses having more than 50 full-time equivalent employees.
It is E9 asy for SMBs to Go Green and Save Green
The adoption for greener IT solutions is not new, but in 2014, we wil move into a perfect green storm.
Harris Poll - over 74% of American adults believe in the global warming theory And more than 73% of U.S. citizens demanding countries to limit greenhouse gas and carbon monoxide emissions. SMB IT vendors are able to make the most of this opportunity with new, economical and energy saving products.
1Mak0 e Way For An SMB Influencer Shake-Up
In medium businesses, line- 69% of presidents/owners of-business and help assess potential departmental executives solutions, and 81% create are the most likely staff to the final decision. recognize the demand for new alternatives. Change of influencer landscape.
So who will the new influencers be? Accountants and some other professional advisors (for industry or line-of-business) that SMBs have an proven relationship with wil become more stronger influencers.
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