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2011 Information Technology Statistics:
  • Small Businesses (10-99 employees) represent 99.7% of six million U.S. Employer Firms (In addition there are over 21 million non-employer firms, many of which are businesses run by a single owner)
  • 2011 Study done by CompTIA shows that the top three challenges for SMB (Small defined as 10-99 employees, Medium as 100-499) are 1: Budget Constraints (money for staff or technology, but not both), 2: Aging technology (legacy systems, compatibility issues due to budget), 3: Training on technology (features training for updated software/hardware)
  • SMBs often adopt consumer hardware for business purposes – need flexibility because of cost constraints. Downside is that often employees use their own equipment to handle sensitive company data, making fraud and espionage more easily done.
  • Most SMBs handle IT internally, and have limited resources to explore managed services. Top reasons companies don’t considering outsourcing Person vs Team ROI: Average IT Starting salary – 40k. Annual Managed service plan: 24K
Source: Third Annual CompTIA Small and Medium Business Technology Adoption Trends, July 2011. www.Comptia.org – this is member content, but it’s so easy to join! Find out more here. Links to Useful Sites for Business for Technology information:
  • Delaware Economic Development Office Here you will find useful information about doing business in Delaware, whether it's starting your business using DEDO programs, or advancing your business by partnering with the knowledgeable folks in the Entrepreneurial raining Program. Not sure where to start? You can also contact them directly.
  • CompTIA This non-profit is the primary source of trending, research and information for the information technology (IT) industry. They focus their programming on four core areas: education, certification, advocacy and philanthropy.
Recommended Resources for Information Technology Research and Statistics:
  • CompTIA uses additional resources to compile third party data to better form a "global view" of the IT industry, and its economic, finanical, and trending presence. Here are a few of their sources. (From www.comptia.org)
  • AMI-Partners specializes in IT, Internet, telecommunications and business services strategy, venture capital, and actionable market intelligence — with a strong focus on global small and medium business (SMB) enterprises and extending into large enterprises and home-based businesses.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner.The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. And for hundreds of different types of jobs, its Occupational Outlook Handbook covers: the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, job tasks, working conditions, and more.
  • The Datamonitor Group is an independent, premium business information and market analysis company that assists clients with operational and strategic decision-making.
  • Gartner, Inc. is a leading information technology research and advisory company.
  • IBISWorld’s Industry Intelligence can assist in making better business decisions about strategies and revenue generation by gaining an instant understanding of an unfamiliar or familiar industry faster & more conveniently than previously possible.
  • IDC is a provider of technology intelligence, industry analysis, market data, and strategic and tactical guidance to builders, providers and users of information technology.
  • Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage is a source of business and investment information, offering access to research, industry surveys, economic insights and other information.
  • Zapdata is an Internet service of D&B Sales & Marketing Solutions. Register on this site for free to access various Industry Reports which include market sizes.

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