Sizing Up The Midmarket
More so than company size or revenue figures, Gartner believes the shared challenges, business priorities and skill gaps faced by midsize enterprise IT departments are what best illustrate the unique economic and managerial environments they face.
Gartner research director Mike Cisek explained as much Sunday at the Midsize Enterprise Summit, a conference hosted by CRN parent The Channel Company this week in San Antonio. Midmarket organizations need to consider alternative approaches to infrastructure, applications, security, networking and operations as they deal with budget and staffing limitations, he said.
"You can't build it internally," Gartner told a room of 200-plus IT leaders. "You're not going to staff for it. You're not going to build the tools, the SOC and the NOC. You can solve the problem. But you have to do it a different way."
Citing the research firm's extensive analysis, Cisek highlighted five trends that midsize enterprise decision-makers should consider when trying to overcome these marketwide hurdles.