I live in a small city in a small country. As a result, there are a lot of small businesses all around me. Law firms with three partners, shipping companies with a couple of dozen trucks, and building companies with under a hundred staff. Almost all of the businesses where I live are small. Take a moment to look around at the businesses in your town or city. I’m sure there are a few big businesses. But for every person who works at a big company, there is at least one who works at a small business. Small businesses are a big deal because there are so many of them. This makes the IT challenges of small businesses a big deal as well. One significant issue for small businesses is getting access to people with the right IT skills.
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I was recently invited to attend SpiceWorld Austin (paid for by SpiceWorks), a gathering of administrators, companies, and IT managers involved with SpiceWorks. SpiceWorks provides help desk, inventory, and now system monitoring for the small and medium business/enterprise (SMB/E). The SMB/E space until now seemed underserved by major vendors in the virtualization space. SpiceWorks provides a means to serve the SMB/E space using a somewhat different approach.
Small and medium business and enterprises often make do with what they can do today while dreaming about tomorrow. Most SMBs look to have communication tools in place both for communication with the outside world (email, the Web, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.) and for communication between team members (email, IM, etc.). Most of this can be done online these days by embracing the relevant tools from Google or other sources. Alternatively, SMBs can stand up their own; however, cost is often the bottom line for an SMB.
Since the turn of the century, virtualization and cloud computing have become two of the most important areas of technological advance. Now that the technology has matured, as well as become mainstream, have you ever stopped to ponder the question of which part of the business market appears to benefit the most from the cloud?
As a small business we run a 100% virtualized environment and looking to migrate to a cloud, but the investment in IT to do this has been pretty substantial and for a cash strapped small business can be a many year process due to budget constraints and immediacy of other business needs. That is the key to a small business, the immediacy of business needs, but if you can step back and do a little planning, any small business can proceed along the journey from a physical environment to a software defined environment. There are many choices available to a small business depending on when they started this journey, existing investment, and where they wish to go. What choices are available now for a small business and where should we go as small business owners?
According to Bloomberg News Dell is in discussions to acquire Quest Software in a bid to strengthen its enterprise software services portfolio. Dell has been shopping, with five acquisitions announced so far this year, to add software, computer storage and networking gear to its lineup of PCs, which account for 52% of its sales. With PC sales flat and margins thin, Dell has been seeking to broaden its services portfolio and directly challenge HP which has suffered multiple missteps in recent months.