Smartphone investment priority for UK SMBs, says Netgear

Tablets 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

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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