Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are gradually increasing their IT budgets, a new study has indicated.
Research conducted by Spiceworks has pointed to a seven per cent increase in the amount of funding available for technology investment, compared to the first half of the year.
The company found that the average annual SMB IT budget is £102,000, up from the £96,000 reported in May.
SMBs with between one and 20 employees spend £1,200 per employee on technology, more than twice the £442 per employee organisations with over 250 employees spend.
Hardware purchases such as laptops, desktops, servers and storage devices continue to account for the largest share of SMB IT budgets at 40 per cent.
This is followed by software (34 per cent) and IT services at (26 per cent).
Spiceworks discovered that the popularity of media tablets is having a particular bearing on the amount of money SMBs make available for IT investment.
Some 53 per cent of respondents said they support company-issued tablets on their network.
And an additional 12 per cent are planning support during the first half of 2013, in a bid to support mobile working and meet the expectations of their employees.
Smartphones are currently issued and supported by 59 per cent of SMBs, Spiceworks found.
An additional 12 per cent are planning to support the handheld devices in the first half of next year.
"The world's SMBs continue to increase their investment in new technologies, including tablet devices, smartphones, cloud services and virtualisation,” said Jay Hallberg, co-founder and vice-president of marketing for Spiceworks.
“The results of our research bode well for the industry as new technologies become more pervasive and prompt IT departments to make additional investments."
Posted by Alex Boardman