CIO Insight: When faced with tough economic times, mid-size companies with 50 to 499 employees act very differently than large enterprises with more than 500 employees. A recent survey of 468 IT budgeters found that mid-range companies were more likely to spend at or above budget levels in 2009, while enterprises tightened down on capital expenditures. In addition, while mid-range firms spent a lot on security, big firms were more likely to spend money on applications and Web platforms. Enterprises were also more likely to cut staffing levels.
The article concludes, "For a midrange firm looking to take advantage of current growth opportunities and perhaps become a large one, actingtechnologically speakinglike a bigger competitor looks like a smart strategy. And large enterprises have a similar chance to emulate their smaller brethren and find ways to be more nimble and focused."