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SMEs Continue to Slip Through the Network, Finds IDC

  • 21 May, 2004 09:35

<p>NORTH SYDNEY, May 21st, 2004 – IDC has recently completed its market study of the local SME market titled "Trends in Australian SMEs, Demand for Networking 2004". The current state of the networking market, and where opportunities exist for vendors are some of the areas examined within the report. LAN usage and the uptake of remote access for employees are points of note.</p>
<p>Almost 75% of SMEs surveyed in 2004 had already implemented a LAN, 5% were currently implementing or planning to do so within the next 12 months, while the remaining SMEs had no plans to do so. These figures are only marginally higher than last year, where 74% had implemented and 2% planned to do so. Server usage amongst SMEs is also up in 2004, with 85% of respondents choosing to use a PC server to run their network compared to 82% last year. Of the known brands of servers used, 30% were HP, 23% IBM and 14% Dell.</p>
<p>"It is the smaller businesses that really do not understand the benefits of deploying a LAN – shared resources and cost savings need to be clearly explained and demonstrated to these businesses. It is crucial for vendors to demonstrate how implementing a LAN will be of benefit to the business" stated Brad Hill, IDC Australia''s SME Market Analyst.</p>
<p>Sixty two percent of SMEs surveyed had remote access for their employees in 2004, up from 59% in 2003. "Workforces continue to become more mobile and employees will need access to information on demand, so it is inevitable that the uptake of remote access will continue. However, SMEs must become more comfortable with the security of remote access" added Mr Hill.</p>
<p>For press enquiries please contact:
Brad Hill
Market Analyst, Small and Medium Enterprises
Email: bhill@idc.com
Phone: 61 2 9925 2228</p>

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