My weekend thought provoking article.
ZDNet has published their “SMB Stack” for 2021. It’s a free eBook, and has lots of items clearly designed to sell product.
There’s some interesting data about the projections post pandemic – and how long it will take to recover, with upsides and downsides, but here are some highlights:
- 56% of firms have successfully adopted one or more new technologies since March 2020
- 54% say the pandemic has inspired long-term digital transformation projects, with 45% planning to hire new tech staff in the coming 12 months, and 53% planning to invest more heavily in digital skills training
- Conversely, 27% of UK businesses intend to cut down on IT spend as lockdown rules relax, while 30% of decision-makers are worried their business will revert to old practices
And, a final headline. Reliance on internal on-premise systems is down to 46%, from 63% last year.
Why do we care?
The other reason to care about this article was the explicit inclusion, in a technical stack listing products to buy, of cyber insurance. Right there with a printer, a computer, and a website. You have to have cyber insurance.
That’s a service offering listed with the products. And notably, IT services was NOT in that list. Consider that disparity.
Almost 20% drop in on prem servers in a year should not go unnoticed. If you say “servers are slowing going away”… I’d argue 20% isn’t slow. Small detail to consider.