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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The recession was declared over in 2010, but it didn't often feel that way in the trenches. 2011 is shaping up to be a better year for everyone -- in other words, the year when theory meets reality in terms of economic recovery. Smaller firms will begin investing more in their IT infrastructures; though don't expect a gold rush. SMBs know better than to begin partying like its 1999, and will make smart, methodical spending decisions, and so expect a deliberate uptick over the course of the year.
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.