IT Strategy Depends on Company Size

New research finds differing attitudes towards IT strategies between SMEs and large organisations.  A lack of interest in the implementation of Managed Print Services appears common among SMEs.

Digital print and document solutions provider Altodigital, finds 51% of SMEs are not interested in adding Managed Print Services to their business. In addition, 78% of SMEs state they do not have a print policy in place compared with 82% of large organisations who do.

This new research combines the findings of two studies. One sought the views of 100 IT decision makers from corporate UK companies with 500+ employees and the other covers UK SMEs with less than 500 employees.

Attitudes Towards IT Strategies

It appears that many SMEs do not have a firm grip on IT issues that may affect their business. 34% state they do not have any It challenges, yet only 3% of large organisations make this claim.

However, with the recent increase in cyber-attacks affecting both small and large organisations, this complacency amongst SMEs is alarming.

Alistair Millar, Group Marketing Manager at Altodigital says,

“It is really surprising to see such a gap between large organisations in many areas, you would typically believe that small businesses are more forward thinking and agile than larger enterprises. However, these results indicate that in some areas, such as managed print services and digital transition, they could be missing a trick.”

There is also the issue of the implementation in 2018 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We highlighted concerns regarding businesses being GDPR compliant earlier this year in our article Are UK Businesses Ready for GDPR?. Non-compliance with the regulation could lead to a fine up to €20 million or up to 4% of global turnover.

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