Got this chart in my inbox today from Applied Computer Research.
Number of Business Locations Supported by IT (All Respondents in all Vertical Markets)
If I’m reading this right, of the companies with 1-499 PCs, less than half (47.6%) have just one location supported by IT professionals. Does this propose a trend towards more and more SMBs have multiple locations? Is this accounting for home offices as a location? What pains do SMB IT Professionals face supporting multiple locations?
Of course, does this mean that islands of data are growing, or are all of these SMBs taking advantage of centralized storage (NAS, SAAS, etc) and remote access capabilities thus allowing them to “branch” out.
I don’t have all the answers, but I am sure ACR will provide some additional insight.
What’s your take?
Source: Inside IT Departments: Comparing Organization Size to IT Infrastructure and Usage Traits, by Applied Computer Research, Inc.