Spiceworks Says SMB IT Spending Bouncing Back

Spiceworks, the free systems management platform provider, has released the results of their most recent “State of SMB IT” survey -- and it’s good news all around, as they say they’re seeing increased IT spending in smaller businesses. Topping the newly-expanded budgets, Spiceworks says, are hardware and virtualization investments. Here’s the scoop.

The survey, conducted by Spiceworks twice a year, collects answers from 1,000 IT pros. The full results are available here, but here are some statistics that caught my eye.

  • Only 25% of respondents said they plan a move into the cloud over the next six months, citing security, performance, and technology concerns as reasons for hesitation.
  • Average IT budget climbed 9% in 2010 to $117,200. Nearly half of that, on average, is earmarked for hardware purchases. Only nineteen percent is slated to go to IT services.
  • 80% of those responding say they plan on buying new hardware to refresh old equipment coming up on 48 months of age.
  • Hosted service purchase plans are down 15%, with most of that drop being attributed to a sudden lack of interest in hosted antivirus: hosted e-mail is standing relatively strong at 23% purchase intent.
So it’s good news that IT spending is bouncing back after a rough couple of years. But for cloud mavens and hosted solution providers, it might not be time to break out the champagne just yet.

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