Tablets are catching up to smartphones in the SMB environment, says Spiceworks

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By the first half of 2013, 65 percent of small and medium-sized businesses expect to support company-issued tablets on their network, according to a survey of 1,356 IT professionals by Spiceworks.

Of the 53 percent of SMBs that currently support tablets, 85 percent support Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad devices, while 59 percent support Android-based tablets.

Smartphones are currently issued and supported by 59 percent of SMBs, with an additional 12 percent planning to support smartphones in the first half of next year.

Fifty-nine percent of SMBs support a BYOD initiative, but IT pros remain split on supporting this policy. The survey found  that 14 percent of SMBs fully embrace the trend, 32 percent said that it works well for some devices but not for others, 24 percent said it is a "headache" for their IT department, and the remaining 30 percent had not formed an opinion.

SMBs with less than 20 employees are embracing the BYOD trend with over 70 percent supporting it.

The average annual IT budget for SMBs is now $162,000, up from the $152,000 reported for the first half of 2012.

For more:
- see the Spiceworks survey

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