Many SMBs are outspending their larger peers on IT, as I've blogged recently. And the trend seems to hold true, regardless of where companies are located.
In the U.S., SMBs spent some $240 billion on tech purchases in 2007, a 16 percent increase over 2006, according to Access Markets International (AMI) Partners.
AMI got similar results in the UK, finding that SMBs spent 6.07 billion (U.S. $11.8 billion) on IT services in 2007, an 8 percent jump over 2006, according to a vnunet.com story. The somewhat confusingly worded article notes that IT services accounted for up to 29 percent of the overall 20.26 billion (U.S. $39.6 billion) in IT and telecom spending by UK SMBs last year. It doesn't offer a corresponding overall total spending number for 2006.
Interestingly, the survey also found that the smaller the business, the more likely it was to use outsourced service providers. This makes sense, considering that just one in three companies with 20 or fewer employees has an employee managing IT on a full-time basis. Yet it seemingly conflicts with earlier research by Datamonitor, which I cited in this blog, that found that just 25 percent of SMBs in the UK were willing to use outsourced services.
AMI notes increased spending on managed security services and storage services, among other areas.