Today, as a result of developments such as software-as-a-service, virtualisation, cloud computing, advanced hosted services and much more, businesses of any size or core focus are able to financially sustain operations and compete with larger counterparts.

This is not simply wishful thinking or a common objective within the modern business sector, it is a reality. The fact is the combination of ongoing research and development, innovation, strategic investment and demand has resulted in widespread, easier access to technology services.

It could be argued that the advent of the online forum as a platform through which to acquire, manage and apply services is one of the more significant developments in this sector over the past 12 months.

One of the main issues and stumbling blocks for small-to-medium-sized operations in their quest to acquire meaningful technology and reliable support has been cost. The ability to gain control over challenges such as e-mail retention, adequate security, protection of data, maintenance, backups and other technology-driven areas of business management has traditionally come at a price.

The global recession still forces comany management to seriously evaluate its spend, requirements, options, challenges, risks and advantages. However, with the growth of Internet or virtual managed services, the decision-maker at a SME operation has more leverage, and a stronger hand to play.

At a time when HR development, skills acquisition and application, and highly strategic technology investment and support clearly define the commercial landscape, the online medium and level of use has emerged as the primary differentiator.

Today, as a result of developments such as software-as-a-service, virtualisation, cloud computing, advanced hosted services and much more, businesses of any size or core focus are able to financially sustain operations and compete with larger counterparts.

This is not simply wishful thinking or a common objective within the modern business sector, it is a reality. The fact is the combination of ongoing research and development, innovation, strategic investment and demand has resulted in widespread, easier access to technology services.

It could be argued that the advent of the online forum as a platform through which to acquire, manage and apply services is one of the more significant developments in this sector over the past 12 months.

One of the main issues and stumbling blocks for small-to-medium-sized operations in their quest to acquire meaningful technology and reliable support has been cost. The ability to gain control over challenges such as e-mail retention, adequate security, protection of data, maintenance, backups and other technology-driven areas of business management has traditionally come at a price.

The global recession still forces comany management to seriously evaluate its spend, requirements, options, challenges, risks and advantages. However, with the growth of Internet or virtual managed services, the decision-maker at a SME operation has more leverage, and a stronger hand to play.

At a time when HR development, skills acquisition and application, and highly strategic technology investment and support clearly define the commercial landscape, the online medium and level of use has emerged as the primary differentiator.