Market Figures

IT budgets grow as SMBs spend more on tablets and cloud services

Small and medium-sized businesses are spending more money on IT, including adopting tablets, cloud services and virtualization to a greater extent, according to Spiceworks' State of SMB IT survey.

IT budgets at companies with fewer than 1,000 employees grew 6 percent in the first half of 2012 from the second half of 2011, and 15 percent year-over-year, according to the survey.

No big shift to the cloud for unified communications and collaboration

The 2012 IDG Enterprise Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) survey highlights the uptick in UC&C adoption and investments in the coming 3 years -- specifically in enterprise organizations -- demonstrating the value organizations place on technologies that enable consistent and connected communications between employees, customers and partners.

Gartner: Half of enterprises are wasting money on social media

Getting a positive return on investment from a social media campaign is about more than tracking the number of your Facebook fans and Twitter followers. It's about linking the social strategy to measurable business objectives, according to Gartner, which says most businesses aren't doing this.

iOS dominates Android four to one in the enterprise

Tablets and smartphones continue to make headway in the enterprise as companies have surrendered to -- if not embraced -- the BYOD (bring your own device) movement. It turns out that enterprise users prefer mobile devices running Apple over Android by a margin of around four to one.

Open for business: It's the year of the corporate app store

As smartphone and tablet usage skyrockets, IT seeks a way to distribute its own apps

With more employees using smartphones and tablets for business, enterprises are setting up their own app stores for application distribution, leveraging a consumer model for mobile application access that is tuned to the workplace. Instead of saddling already overburdened IT personnel with getting applications to individual devices, these app stores provide a central distribution mechanism for employees to download applications themselves.

Are BYOD Workers More Productive?

Bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, is a movement blurring the line between work and personal life. After all, BYOD is all about employees using personal smartphones and tablets for business purposes. So does this mean people check Facebook when they should be working or read job-related emails on weekends?

In other words, does BYOD help or hinder worker productivity?

SaaS spending up 18% in a year

Worldwide software-as-a-service (SaaS) spending is forecast to reach $14.5 billion in 2012, a 17.9 percent increase from 2011, according to Gartner.

The analyst house added that SaaS sales will experience healthy growth through to 2015, when worldwide revenue is projected to reach $22.1 billion.

Le marché mondial du SaaS gardera la forme en 2012

Selon le cabinet Gartner, le marché du SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) devrait progresser de presque 18% cette année, porté par les investissements des Etats-Unis et de l’Europe de l’Ouest.

Gartner: SaaS market to grow 17.9 percent to $14.5 billion

North America is generating most of the business, but sales are rising quickly in Western Europe and Asia-Pacific

Global spending on SaaS (software as a service) will rise 17.9 percent this year to $14.5 billion, according to figures released Tuesday by analyst firm Gartner.

SaaS market growth will remain strong through 2015, when spending on the software is expected to hit $22.1 billion, according to Gartner.

US: business VoIP still a challenger

The good news about business VoIP spending is that it is set to grow at about 9.4 percent annually from 2012 to 2015, according to the latest forecast published by the Telecommunications Industry Association.

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