When it comes to budget planning, SMBs are often so focused on immediate spending needs that they find it difficult to look very far into the future.
They would do well to broaden their vision, says an analyst interviewed in this eWEEK article.
If businesses really want to get the most out of technology and the resources it can bring to bear on their businesses, they have to start thinking further ahead. Even something as seemingly unimportant as simplifying maintenance procedures and support contracts can yield financial benefits in the long run.
This can be a tough task for SMBs -- some of whom may not have a dedicated budget or formal processes for technology spending. In many cases, the answer lies with enlisting outside help -- whether it's a consultant to advise you on new technologies like virtualization, a tech reseller whose product portfolio matches your needs, or a provider of IT services such as data storage or security.
To provide some help with the first item on that list, here is some advice on selecting a consultant and getting the most out of a consulting relationship. A good consultant can probably help SMBs with the latter two items on the list.