Small Biz Taps the Brakes

Anticipating tough times down the road, entrepreneurs are cutting back on their info-tech budgets

Faced with a slowing economy, small companies plan to continue spending on technology -- but at a slower rate than they have over the past several years. "Things haven't suddenly come crashing down," says Ray Boggs, vice-president of small-business research at IDC, an international information technology research firm based in Farmingham, Mass. "But they're not driving upward anymore, either. So we won't see the usual increase in tech spending."

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