Japanese small and medium business IT spending reached $41 bln in 2006

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) that employ 1-999 employees in Japan spent $41 bln on IT-related products and services in 2006, up 7% from $38 bln in 2005. Security and storage were the key areas for IT investments among Japan SMBs, who spent $954 mln and $1.8 bln, up by 17% and 14%, respectively, AMI Partners says.