Vancouver, BC, August 6, 2002
Economist predicts mid-enterprise market to drive economic growth
— The results of a mid-enterprise market study conducted at the Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore were released today. The study, conducted by economist Dr. Zoltan J. Acs, indicates that the mid-enterprise market segment contributes at least 25 percent to total U.S. sales and represents 23 percent of U.S. employment. It reports that the mid-enterprise segment is poised for growth relative to the large enterprise and small business markets; and that the segment is demanding technology to manage this growth.
The report entitled, “The Mid-Enterprise Market: an Economic Perspective”, is the first study to examine the economic contribution of this market segment. Unlike the Global 1000 and small business markets, the mid-enterprise segment has gone almost entirely unrecognized by the business and academic communities. It has also gone largely underserved by the technology industry which tends to view this market as an afterthought, and rarely produces products and services uniquely designed to meet its specific needs.
“The mid-enterprise market is a vital sector of the economy today,” said Dr. Zoltan J. Acs. “A power shift is occurring in the marketplace, as mid-sized companies demand relevant market research, and technology products and services that directly address their needs. Mid-sized enterprises will rely heavily on information technology to manage their growth and sustain business viability.”
Primary findings of the study include:
· Over the past three years, mid-enterprises report sales growth of 29% and profit growth of 61%.
· The mid-enterprise market has 25% of total sales in the United States.
· The mid-enterprise market has 23% of employment in the United States.
· The mid-enterprise market has 25% of payroll in the United States.
According to Bo Manning, president and CEO of Pivotal Corporation, a customer relationship management (CRM) company that is exclusively focused on the mid-enterprise market, “For years, the CRM industry presumed that mid-enterprise companies would make due with technology and services originally designed for the Global 1000 or small businesses. Now, some CRM vendors are trying to re-brand their existing offerings in an attempt to capitalize on this new market opportunity – and by doing so, they are revealing a complete lack of understanding about the unique business needs and style of this market segment.”
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