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Worldwide Small and Medium-Sized Business Forecast, 2015–2019: IT Spending by Company Size and Region for Key Hardware, Software, and Services Categories

Worldwide Small and Medium-Sized Business Forecast, 2015–2019: IT Spending by Company Size and Region for Key Hardware, Software, and Services Categories

This IDC study examines the global small and medium-sized business (SMB) market for advanced technology products and services. Total IT spending is presented for 2015–2019, along with the baseline year of 2014. Detail on spending totals is provided for hardware, software, and services technology areas: PCs and peripherals, systems and storage, telecom equipment, applications software, and IT services."Worldwide SMB IT spending continues to grow beyond the half-trillion-dollar threshold at roughly 2 percentage points over the rate of GDP as companies step up technology investment to stay competitive," says Raymond Boggs, vice president of SMB research at IDC. "Increasing investment in technology is an appealing way for firms to expand their capabilities without necessarily increasing their head count. Technology spending will continue to vary by company size, geography, and IT category, with solutions-oriented spending (especially related to cloud and mobility) showing the greatest growth." Boggs also noted that SMB IT spending will be approaching $700 billion in 2019.


IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Design Products and Programs with Specific SMB Needs Including Unique Regional Attributes
In Developed Regions, SMBs Look for Technology to Improve Efficiency and Effectiveness
In Developing Regions, Emphasize Revenue and Growth Opportunities Provided Through Advanced Technology
Hardware Spending Growth Sets the Stage for Software and Services
Market Forecast
The Global SMB Market by Company Size
Market Context
Drivers and Inhibitors
Drivers
SMB Formation and Expansion Regionally and Globally
Continuing SMB Interest in IT Investment Expansion
Continuing Growth of Mobile Computing/Mobile Technology
Inhibitors
Economic Stagnation and Inflation as SMB IT Spending Inhibitors
Significant Market Developments
Changes from Prior Forecast
Market Definition
Methodology
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