The all in one, mid-market systems management appliance.
Original source: Quest Software Enhances Kace Systems Management Appliance
For companies under 1,000 people, IDC “forecasts total IT spending by small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) to be nearly $602 billion in 2018, an increase of 4.9% over 2017. With a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.7% for the 2016-2021 forecast period, spending by businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees on IT hardware, software, and services, including business services, is expected to reach $684 billion on in 2021.”
Original source: Worldwide SMB IT Spending to Pass $600 Billion in 2018, Driven by Mid-Market Demand for Software and Services, According to IDC
“It predicts that global SMB IT spend – defined as firms with between one and 999 employees – could reach $597 billion this year, equating to an average of $700 per full-time employees and just over $8,000 per SMB business.”
Global SMB IT spend heading towards $600 billion
A regional deli supply company upgrades its legacy ERP system, which includes much custom coding from RPG to PHP: “The core ERP system includes product processing, sales analysis, and financials. Much of it was developed in-house, with the financials a customized version of packaged software from a vendor no longer in business. The system is very stable, according to Wolinsky.”
TheLegacy ERP Conversion Under Way At Dietz & Watson
Cloud startups like Dropbox pose a problem because they are viral in their sign-up and billing. This is what has given them a foot in the door at SMBs and the departments of big companies, and resulted in CIOs’ business-collaboration platforms becoming based on Dropbox before they know it.
Also, some good insights into IBM go-to-market thinking around software.
Bottoms up, viral spread still works
“21 percent of Ultrabooks purchased by midmarket companies were bought in big box retail stores such as Best Buy, in part because the purchasers could actually handle the product before plunking down the cash. Because Ultrabooks are touted as lightweight and highly portable, the ability to handle the merchandise gives retail channels have an advantage over online channels, where the greatest advantage is often a lower price.”