IDC’s Global SMB Team Presents Top 10 Predictions for 2007: Evolutionary and Revolutionary Changes Will Drive Opportunities

FRAMIGHAM, MA – JANUARY 31, 2007 – With a new year under way, IDC's global small and medium-sized business (SMB) analysts have pondered the key trends and industry developments likely to impact the SMB technology market over the next 12 to 18 months. A variety of evolutionary and even revolutionary changes will drive opportunities forward on a worldwide and regional basis. Among the top 10 predictions are the following:

1. In North America, SMB IT will gain in local networking and broadband will set the stage for investment in security and storage

2. Growing investment in technology for productivity enhancement in EMEA will transcend regional differences and variation in country support of SMBs

3. The pace of technology expansion in China and India will spur SMB spending growth in 2007 to record levels

4. In Latin America, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Chile will lead the way in regional SMB IT spending growth

"The opportunity to provide SMBs with advanced technology will continue to grow significantly throughout the world in 2007," said Ray Boggs, vice president for Small/Medium Business and Home Office research at IDC. "Global and regional macroeconomic forces will be key, but even more so will be the appeal of productivity gains made possible by the application of newly affordable technology delivered by a growing number of market participants."

IDC's study, Worldwide SMB 2007 Top 10 Predictions: Market Position Index and Growth Opportunity Ratings by Region (IDC #205251), examines the SMB market opportunity on a global basis across different regions and presents 10 predictions for 2007. In addition, the study reveals key factors expected to drive SMB growth in North America; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); Asia/Pacific; and Latin America in the next 12-18 months. The study includes the IDC Market Position Index and Growth Opportunity Ratings for different regions and provides information on the number of SMB firms and share of worldwide SMB IT spending by region.

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