When it comes to IT respect, the small and midsized business (SMB) has been the low man on the totem pole. An SMB is like the nerdy kid who gets a wedgie from the big jock enterprise guy. But anyone who's repressed or ignored will eventually revolt. Remember Michael J. Fox's character in Back to the Future? He got the girl and the jock ended up as a cheesy used-car salesman remembering the glory days.
Steve Duplessie is the founder and senior analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass.