The Great Recession officially ended this year, or so they said. In IT, it was midsize firms -- and not necessarily their smaller brethren -- that helped kick-start spending again. And though conditions did improve in 2010, midmarket spending outpaced small business spending, and SMBs of all sizes were -- as usual -- forced to be creative with their IT investments.
Among the stories underpinning the always-evolving technology industry this year: The continued, rapid expansion of mobility, cloud services, social media, and business apps, to name a few. 2010 was also a busy -- to put it mildly -- year for the relationship between big government and smaller companies. We take a look back at the 10 stories and trends that impacted SMBs the most in 2010.