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Keith Ferrell
Keith Ferrell

Survey Says You Sweat Security More Than Cost. Do You?

A new survey of midsize businesses finds that while IT costs are important to you, security is even more so. In fact, security was ranked as the top IT concern for midmarket players.

A new survey of midsize businesses finds that while IT costs are important to you, security is even more so. In fact, security was ranked as the top IT concern for midmarket players.The Arrow Enterprise Computing Services survey of businesses with between $100 million and $1 billion in annual sales, found that the companies' IT teams viewed security as the single most important key to business success, followed by cost-cutting and customer service.

Perhaps most interesting was the finding that 61 percent of the companies are increasing IT spending this year despite (or perhaps because) widespread (81 percent) dissatisfaction with how their companies actually use IT tools for business purposes.

58 percent of the respondents felt that the failure fully to utilize IT's potential put their business at a disadvantage relative to bigbiz Fortune 500 players. (No surprise that half of the respondents felt that the midsize/bigbiz playing field could be leveled by giving the midsize companies more access to IT tools.)

On the security front, 78 percent of the respondents listed information security as a key business priority, but only 32 percent were comfortable with their company's handling of security issues.

How do your feelings stack up against these findings? Whatever the size of your company, how do you measure security concerns against IT cost concerns?

Arrow ECS's complete "Technology and the Midmarket Research Report" can be requested here; a brief registration form is required, after which the report will be "emailed to you within 48 hours."

The bMighty ANTenna take on the story is here.


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