24% of SMBs Backup Data Manually, 76% Automatically
Released survey results concerning SMBs IT management
practices, including preferred methods of backup.
22% of SMBs surveyed revealed that they were losing critical
business information, which had an impact on their businesses. Many respondents
indicated that inadequate or non-existent backup measures not only affected
their revenues but also partner relations and brand reputation.
The survey further shows that:
- 29.41% have no IT administrators in-house or a
possibility to hire one.
- 19.23% look for data management tools to handle all data
maintenance on site and from a single interface, with minimal involvement.
- 23.53% backup data manually.
- 76.47% backup data automatically.
- 50% prefer to store data physically and virtually.
- 20% do not conduct daily backups.
- 42.86% of those who do not backup daily indicated that
the reason is that it's not an efficient use of their time.
- 21.54% said reliability is the most important factor in
The survey reinforces what we are seeing - that 41.18% of
small businesses do not have dedicated IT staff. SMBs need an affordable and
reliable data management and maintenance tool to manage data and prevent any
Many small business entrepreneurs are experts in what they do
but start a business without any training or experience in IT management
practices. As a result of inadequate IT management, small businesses experience
data loss and, consequently, fail in the early years as a business.
According to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, 70% of small
businesses that have a major data loss go out of business within a year. They
fail not because of a flaw in the product or service they offer, but because the
business was not properly managed from the IT side. In order to successfully
manage the most valuable aspect of any business - data, a small business has to
hire an IT administrator, outsource the IT management task or get a training on
how to fulfill the IT task themselves. Small businesses usually do not have
dedicated IT staff and have little desire to spend a lot of time or money on
technology or sign up for complicated licensing agreements.