Computer upgrades beat out product development as the top investment made by small and midsize businesses in 1995, says a major survey. The 19% of companies that reported having no computers at all are rapidly being left behind. About 43% of the respondents had recently done a system upgrade, and a third had plans to do one.
Percentage of companies that --
Purchase computers for all office staff 59%
Plan major system upgrades 30%
Operate a client/server network 24%
Subscribe to an on-line service 22%
Provide remote connections to employees 15%
Regularly use the Internet 13%
Source: Survey of 919 companies, most with fewer than 100 employees, by Arthur Andersen's Enterprise Group, May 1995.