We blogged about a Citrix Online survey released over the summer that found SMBs somewhat less willing than their larger counterparts to let employees work away from the office. However, new AMI-Partners research appears to show SMBs becoming more open to the idea of telecommuting and interested in purchasing mobile technology to support it.
The research, commissioned by CompTIA, found that three out of four North American SMBs allow at least one employee to telecommute and 90 percent of them have workers on the road at least one day a week. Not surprisingly, then, reports eWEEK's Channel Insider, 44 percent of them say they plan to invest in smartphones and 32 percent plan to allocate budgets for VPNs in the next 12 months.
Echoing results of an earlier CompTIA survey, 70 percent say they are interested in convergent technology. In the earlier survey, about a third of North American SMBs said they intended to invest in wireless LANs, a similar number wanted to replace or upgrade their existing phone systems, and 26 percent planned to evaluate unified communications.
A CompTIA spokesman says one of the strongest takeaways from the latest survey is that "more SMBs now consider themselves upfront adopters of technologies." As we've blogged before, SMBs are actually sometimes quicker than large companies to try new technologies, since they may not be as tied to legacy systems as the big boys and they generally have to jump through fewer hoops to reach a decision.