Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by
anyone on the street what the acronym “LAN” stands for and you’ll
get blank stares in return. (Trust me: I just tried this on my
lunch break recently. It wasn’t pretty.) Ask them to give you
details about the local area network in their office and their
response will be equally, well . . . lackluster.
Most people apparently give as much thought to the
configuration of their office technology as they do to the junk
NASA left on the moon nearly fifty years ago. In other words —
not at all. As... Read More »
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by
we understand how mobile devices like tablets can make a sales
professional more productive and successful. Armed with a tablet, a
salesperson can research on the go, write emails to prospects from
anywhere and even attend virtual video conferences from a vacation
But when it comes to the real work — like drafting a sales
proposal, giving a presentation or even signing a business contract
— we still tend to think that only a “real computer” can handle
these tasks. But that’s no... Read More »
Monday, July 29, 2013 by
of us have experienced it at one time or another: That sheepish
sense of guilt you get when you tell a colleague or co-worker that
you'll be "working from home" for the day. "Enjoy!" they're likely
to say before hanging up -- as if you'll be on vacation for the
Whether it's a cultural remnant from the 9 to 5 era, or a guilt
complex heaped on by those in jobs with little (or no) flexibility
in their work structure, the concept that one could actually be
productive and (gasp!) more... Read More »
Monday, January 14, 2013 by
Entrepreneurs used to view cloud storage as a means to back up
In the event of an emergency, copied files were saved online so
that they were accessible on different computers. Small business
owners now use cloud services as alternatives to locally storing
documents and downloading software.
The primary advantage of online storage is that businesses can
sync files with multiple devices. Employees can access important
paperwork from any gadget with network connectivity.
Staffers can... Read More »
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by
A recent report from the Census Bureau showed that 13.4 million Americans work from home at least
once per week. The total number of remote workers accounts for 9.5
percent of the workforce.
The report's lead author, Peter Mateyka, said that the growth in
popularity can be attributed to new tools that allow employees to
complete their daily responsibilities without commuting to the
"As communications and information technologies advance, we are
seeing that workers are increasingly able to... Read More »
Thursday, November 29, 2012 by
Each year, IDC magazine undertakes a Social Business Survey as
the role of social media assumes an increasingly more important
role in marketing and communications for companies of every
This year's survey showed a distinct difference from previous
reports, as social business has matured in terms of customer
service and engagement.
The range of social media has increased into a series of subsets
that businesses break down as customer experience, sales
enablement, digital commerce,... Read More »
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by
For entrepreneurs, the mantra of real estate brokers - location,
location, location - should be theirs as well when they are looking
for the best state to start a new business.
Low tax rates, reasonable housing costs for employees and a
well-educated workforce are some of the leading reasons that set
apart business-friendly states from those that aren't as supportive
to new enterprises.
Arizona, for instance, is the state where people are most likely
to start a new business, reports CNN Money. In... Read More »
Friday, August 24, 2012 by
to a recent press
release, days of traditional software and hardware are in the
past. Data from the 2012
American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center
revealed that 38 percent of lawyers have migrated to laptops as
primary computers. With an app for almost everything, lawyers are
beginning to adopt cloud software to manage tasks and
communications wherever they may be.
Online services have begun to provide lawyers with professional
capabilities they expect from... Read More »
Monday, August 13, 2012 by
doctors and other medical professionals are adopting tech tools
such as online faxing or other cloud apps to help manage
patients more efficiently.
Cloud services are enabling mobile medical professionals to
remain on the go, and at the same time, in touch with their
patients. According to an infographic from Float Mobile
Learning, approximately 56% of doctors who use mobile devices
say they expedite decision making, while 40% say they decrease time
spend on administration.
With... Read More »
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by
According to a study by the Journal of Medical Internet Research,
physicians are interrupted nearly five times an hour by phone
calls, emails, and face-to-face interactions. The
2012 National Physicians Survey showed something
that is unlikely to surprise many doctors - fax remains the dominant
method of communicating with colleagues, patients, insurance
companies and pharmacists. All told, 63 percent of healthcare
providers rely heavily on the technology, according to
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Friday, August 3, 2012 by
services have proven to provide many benefits for small businesses
- Disaster recovery
- In-house and outsourced data protection
- Cost cutting
- Leveling the playing field for SMBs
- Allowing professionals, like legal professionals, to work remotely
Studies show that companies are increasingly encouraging
employees to work remotely. According to the 2012 National Study of Employers, 77 percent of
companies surveyed allow or encourage flextime and nearly 66
percent let employees sometimes work... Read More »
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 by
to a iDatix infographic, over 71M tons of paper are used
every year. This number is equivalent to the average weight
of 9 million elephants!
The push to preserve the environment is not simply a personal
pursuit. Around the country, businesses both small and large are
making changes to limit their energy consumption and waste.
Creative managers are instituting policies in their companies that
are being shared and adopted by other institutions.
One of the most effective ways for businesses... Read More »
Friday, July 20, 2012 by
the course of many years, even small costs can add up.
businesses find ways to curb these expenses in an effort to stay
firmly in the black. Sometimes, this can mean limiting employee
overtime or streamlining procedures.
One of the most
frequent sources of expenditure, however, is also among the hardest
to excise from a budget - overhead.
In order to operate, businesses have many things they must pay for,
which include rent, utilities, and technology costs. These expenses
are so... Read More »
Thursday, July 12, 2012 by
a small business is often a process filled with significant
expenses, including building out an IT infrastructure, making a
property down payment, hiring employees or creating a successful
marketing strategy -- costs which can quickly drain a nest egg.
For these reasons, successful entrepreneurs are always on the
lookout for ways to cut costs, and when they find them, it can mean
the difference between a successful venture and a doomed one.
Among the most expensive components of starting... Read More »
Friday, June 15, 2012 by
The explosive growth in cloud computing has resulted in huge
benefits to small businesses, from significant cost savings to
It has also sparked confusion, with many asking: "What does
'cloud computing' mean and what's in it for me as a small business
Turns out there's not really a simple answer to the first part
of this question, since there are many forms of cloud computing,
including SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a
Service), MSP's (Managed... Read More »
Monday, May 7, 2012 by
A recent study by Gartner found that the security software market
generated more than $17 billion in revenue in 2011, representing an
increase of more than 7 percent from sales in 2010. Small and
medium-sized businesses were among the top drivers for this
The security software market continued to experience sales,
despite an uncertain economy and the demand to reduce IT spending
within the private sector, Gartner noted. This suggests that the
need to protect mission-critical data and... Read More »
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by
Despite the growing prevalence of mobile devices in the
workplace, a large portion of businesses have failed to implement a
According to a poll conducted by Software AG, around 60 percent
of organizations don't have a company-wide mobile initiative, while
only 22 percent have begun to research how they can implement these
plans, ITworld reported.
Only 15 percent of respondents that admitted to having a mobile
plan said it was a company-wide strategy. Meanwhile, 25 percent... Read More »
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 by
computing is being more widely adopted by companies around the
world as it promises to improve mobility and increase productivity
at lower costs than traditional solutions. According to a new
report by research firm Gartner, the worldwide market for
Software-as-a-Service will generate more than $14 billion in
revenue by the end of 2012, representing nearly 18 percent growth
SaaS and other cloud computing resources are becoming more
common in the enterprise, with small and... Read More »
Monday, April 2, 2012 by
A new study by Microsoft found the number of small and
medium-sized businesses that use the cloud will triple by 2015 and
the overall cloud services market doubles in size by 2017.
This is largely because decision-makers are recognizing the
cloud's ability to host both mission-critical data and
applications, like fax services and analytic tools,
to level the playing field for SMBs.
"Gone are the days of large enterprises holding the keys to
enterprise-class IT and services," said Marco Limena,... Read More »
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 by
The intersection of social networking, big data and other major
industry trends is causing more businesses to implement cloud
services in order to remain competitive with rival firms.
This trend will cause the number of companies that outsource
services to the cloud to more than double by 2015, according to a
new IBM study.
While organizations may agree on the need to move to cloud
services such as online fax and online backup, the
benefits from actually doing so vary.
For example, the report noted... Read More »