Smartphone investment priority for UK SMBs, says Netgear


Smartphone investment priority for UK SMBs, says Netgear

Alex Scroxton

smartphones.jpgTablets and smartphones will form the backbone of strategic IT investments among British SMBs during the next 12 months, according to a new surcey of business owners and IT managers conducted by SMB and consumer networking vendor Netgear.

The research, produced by OnePoll, revealed that 35% of SMBs planned to make more strategic investments and spend more money on new technology compared to last year, with 28% of those surveyed viewing purchasing portable devices as their biggest priority.

However, Netgear also found that over a third of SMBs had still not considered the effect the widespread adoption of mobile devices would have on their network, with a large number already experiencing problems.

"SMBs ... clearly see the benefits of building mobility into their workforce through portable devices. However the majority do not realise the importance of having a modern network to support those devices," said Netgear product line manager of managed infrastructure, Laurent Masia.

The survey also highlighted growing take-up of more advanced, yet still data-intensive, technology among UK SMBs, with oevr a quarter of firms already using cloud-based software.

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