SANTA CRUZ, CA, August 15, 2005 - The top three projects planned in the next year for small and medium businesses are: B2B e-commerce, Customer Relationship Management and Work Flow Management according to Evans Data’s new Summer 2005 Small and Medium Business (SMB) Development Survey. Almost half of SMB developers, 48%, expect to be working on B2B e-commerce projects in the next year. CRM and Work Flow Management projects are expected to be initiated by about 2 in 5 SMB developers, 41% and 39% respectively, within the next 12 months.
The findings differ markedly from Evans Data’s companion study of large corporations in which Work Flow Management, Enterprise Integration and Security Enhancements top the list of planned projects.
"Given that small and midsize businesses are becoming increasingly important to our client’s and their competitors’ profitability and success we have launched this new study,” said John Andrews, Evans Data’s Chief Operating Officer. “Our research corroborates that there are very distinct and wide differences in trends, adoption and overall use of technology as compared to the enterprise market and consequently this market delineation is necessary if we are to provide actionable primary research.”
Other findings from the July 2005 survey of over 500 SMB developers:
- SMB developers are much more likely to be running Linux on their servers a majority of the time compared to their larger enterprise counterparts, 19% to 7%. The developers expect to have more than a quarter of their servers, 27%, running Linux a majority of the time next year compared to 10% in larger enterprises.
- Forty percent of SMB developers are currently using PHP and another 21% have plans to use PHP, nearly the same numbers as Evans Data found a year ago in the companion enterprise study.
- SMB developers are more than twice as likely to develop all of their code in-house as their counterparts in larger enterprises, 19% to 9%.
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