PC manufacturers and software developers are focussing more and more on the business needs of small firms, reports the Financial Times.Falling entry prices for complex software packages and business technology solutions have recently opened up this market, allowing smaller companies with lower IT budgets access to a vast new array of products.As a result the major producers are shifting their attention wholeheartedly towards smaller and smaller companies, marketing directly to them and tailoring existing products more specifically to their needs."The technology is more affordable, cutting across all product categories. Small firms today are looking like mid-sized firms did five years ago," Ray Boggs, an analyst at IDC, told the Financial Times."Small businesses essentially need the same kinds of infrastructure and capabilities that larger businesses need. They're competing in a global economy and their customer needs are intense," added Mark Shearer, a small business manager at IBM.Separate research from Quocirca also backs up these claims, showing SMBs deploying more complex computer systems and business management software packages.© Adfero Ltd