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Let’s learn from a SMB Tech Stack

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.