Feeds

Broadband ‘most important technology issue’ for SMEs

Web apps and Web dev are important too

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Broadband is the most important technology issue for small businesses, according to new research.

A survey of its own advisers by Technology Means Business found eight out of ten reported an increase in the number of enquiries about broadband in the past 12 months. And 85 per cent anticipated that this will increase over the next year.

Web services and web development are also hot topics with seven out of ten advisers noting an increase in enquiries about these area.

The overwhelming majority (93%) of TMB's clients are businesses with under 100 employees and most have at least a basic website; but one in five are also able to take customer enquiries, orders and credit card details online.

Says the TMB report: "In certain sectors, having a website is a must, while in others it's is a nice thing, but there are other aspects of e-commerce that they do not see until they are advised.

"Many businesses see ICT (Information and Communication Technology) as a tool, but do not budget for replacements, expecting their computers etc. to carry on working forever – they are getting left behind by technology because they have budgeted for replacement or improvement."

According to TMB, there appears to be a correlation between the length of time an company has been in business and the importance it places on ICT.

Around nine out of ten advisers felt that organisations that had been in business for three years or more found ICT very important or important, but this falls to 84 per cent of firms in business for one to three years, and 60 per cent of startups.

The importance attached to ICT also differs by sector with marketing and communications firms rating the importance of ICT much more highly than, say, agricultural firms.

© Startups.co.uk is the biggest independent small business site in the UK. It has more than 2500 articles covering everything from taking on staff to dealing with VAT.

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group
ALEC will have to do without Redmond, it seems
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?