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SME Networking Market Matures But There Are Still Opportunities, Finds IDC

  • 14 July, 2005 14:51

<p>NORTH SYDNEY, 14th July, 2005 – IDC has recently completed a market study of the local SME market titled "Trends in Australian SMEs, Demand for Networking 2005". The report includes the current state of the networking market, and an overview of where opportunities exist for vendors in this market.</p>
<p>"The networking market for SMEs in Australia is starting to mature; however, there are still opportunities for vendors provided they are more willing than ever to educate business managers on the benefits of investing in recent technologies. Vendors will also need to present clear value propositions regarding products such as bundled SME servers, wireless LANs (WLANs) and remote access through VPN," says Jean-Marc Annonier, SME Research Manager at IDC Australia.</p>
<p>IDC research finds WLANs have applications that businesses do not always expect: reduction of cabling cost in an inappropriate environment (e.g., construction site) or wireless PDAs in warehouses for real-time stock management.</p>
<p>Remote access remains a substantial opportunity with broadband Internet access becoming more and more frequent, and VPN solutions can be easily deployed while leveraging the existing investment in Internet connection. Businesses that are already operating remote access solutions are mostly using it to allow employees to work from home and increase the efficiency of their sales force.</p>
<p>"The SME networking market in Australia represents more than a million businesses and exceeds A$1 billion in 2005. Most of the opportunities are in infrastructure software and networking equipment. The server market will remain stationary," added Mr Annonier.</p>
<p>To purchase this report, please call the IDC sales team on (61 2) 9925-5226 or email Gary Clarke on</p>
<p>For press enquiries please contact:
Jean-Marc Annonier
Research Manager, IT Spending, Vertical Markets and SMEs
Phone: 61 2 9925 2221</p>
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