Although research suggests that cloud spending will make up about one-third of IT spending by 2022, a Missed Mobile study shows that only a quarter of SMEs are actually prepared for it.
Voice technology, mobile working, and BYOD (bring your own device) have all seen overall growth throughout the IT world. Despite this, less than one in five respondents are ready for voice technology integration and a quarter feel prepared for mobile working.
Even with these uncertainties, technological advancements such as Li-Fi (cellular wireless networking using light) are making their way into the workforce.
Only one in five felt that they needed better connectivity, but the main concern is the lack of storage as SMEs continue to grow.
Two-thirds of SME owners feel that they are limited in training and properly engaging with their employees due to cost.
“Modern technology has created a new set of rules for the workplace. Tech such as WiFi, remote storage and mobile are what employees expect, and that’s what SME owners should consider first when designing a workspace to ensure that their people can work and communicate effectively,” said Simon Gammell, director at Crown Workspace. “Design factors such as layout, equipment and furniture are also massively important too but should not come at the detriment of technology.