We dusted off an old piece of tech -- the crystal ball -- to see what the New Year has in store for small and midsize business. 2011 will without a doubt be the year when "trend" becomes "normal" in a variety of business areas, from mobility to virtualization to social marketing. And while certain industry lingo might simply become part of the everyday vocabulary, the term "SMB" itself is likely to be thrown around even more loosely than it was in 2010, by vendors, politicians, and a host of oth
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Expect SMBs to set out on the potentially rough road to Windows 7en masse in 2011 -- especially those businesses that skipped Vista (In other words, most of them). The clock is ticking on XP's support lifecycle, which ends in 2014. With migration projects likely to run long-term, the calendar -- and fear of its rapidly turning pages -- will spur action, with Office 2010 deployments to follow suit.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.