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Top Virtualization Priorities over the Next 12 Months

Most customers are still wrestling with the fundamentals of virtualization.

Base: 253 IT decision-makers at MSEs
Source: A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of HP, April 2010

MIDMARKET CIO FORUM

Learn first-hand how   leading technology providers are developing midmarket technologies to solve key   business and strategic challenges.

The midmarket CIO lives in a unique IT world. Most IT discussions focus on the trials and tribulations of enterprise IT executives that have huge staffs. But more often than not, the midmarket CIO is taking on many of the same challenges facing Fortune 1000 CIOs with staffs that consist of 10 or fewer people.

Hewlett-Packard commissioned Forrester Research to survey 389 IT decision makers worldwide, with 253 of those executives coming from small to medium-sized enterprises. The findings showed remarkably similar interests between midmarket IT leaders and their larger enterprise brethren.

Surprisingly, security issues topped the list of concerns for midsize IT leaders by a wide margin. Not so surprisingly, reducing costs was a high priority. Unfortunately, most of the organizations didn’t seem to be too far past the initial stages of virtualization adoption, while interest in cloud computing is running a lot higher than actual adoption.

Midmarket IT organizations don’t trail large-scale enterprise IT organizations by much when it comes to emerging technologies; they just have to figure out how to take advantage of them without throwing huge amounts of people at the problem.

Be sure to read Mike Vizard's blog post, "The Changing Dynamics of Midmarket IT," for more.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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