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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Figuring out the different segments of the SMB market can be a lot like figuring out drink sizes at a coffeehouse, only with a lot more at stake. The distinction between small and midsize businesses alone, for example, will become increasingly harder to detect in 2011. That might produce some interesting inconsistencies in the IT marketplace -- one vendor's small might be another's enterprise -- but that may not be a bad thing for true SMBs, as access to technology and related services continues to grow in their favor as a result.
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.