With a new year under way, IDC's global small- and medium-sized business (SMB) analysts have pondered the key trends and industry developments likely to impact the SMB technology market over the next 12 to 18 months. A variety of evolutionary and even revolutionary changes will drive opportunities forward on a worldwide and regional basis. Among the top 10 predictions are the following:

"The opportunity to provide SMBs with advanced technology will continue to grow significantly throughout the world in 2007," said Ray Boggs, vice president for small/medium business and home office research at IDC. "Global and regional macroeconomic forces will be key, but even more so will be the appeal of productivity gains made possible by the application of newly affordable technology delivered by a growing number of market participants." Learn more about IDC by visiting http://www.idc.com .

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