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IT news and analysis for small and medium-size businesses
  • What's the best Linux server for you?

    Posted March 12, 2012 - 9:50 am

    Trying to chose between Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu, and a host of other competitors? Whatever your size, there's a distribution that fits.
  • The small world of big data

    Posted February 2, 2012 - 2:34 pm

    The evolution of big data, Hadoop, and related technologies is interesting, but not just from a purely esoteric standpoint. Understanding how these technologies fit together will give users a better idea of which solution is right for them.
  • 6 reasons small businesses need virtualization

    Posted January 11, 2012 - 12:24 pm

    If you run a small or mid-sized business, server virtualization promises cost savngs and improved IT efficiency. To help ensure you understand the advantages, we drew up a list of the most tangible benefits that virtualization has to offer small and mid-sized businesses
  • Top 10 small business tech predictions for 2012

    Posted December 22, 2011 - 8:44 am

    From more affordable virtualization to cloud everything to gigabit wireless to NAS appliances, small businesses have a lot to watch for in 2012. To help you plan for the year ahead, check our picks for top tech trends of 2012 -- all cast with the needs of small businesses in mind.
  • Salesforce alternatives: 5 CRM services for small businesses

    Posted September 12, 2011 - 10:08 am

    Customer relationship management (CRM) programs have a bad reputation for being overly technical, burdensome to implement, and a chore to use. This can certainly be true of some services, especially for owners of small to medium-size businesses who lack the funds or resources to customize the CRM properly to meet their company's needs. Salesforce, for example, is popular but not necessarily lightweight or easy to get off the ground.
  • Upgrade your business network with Windows 7 Pro features

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    Though Microsoft doesn't make a big deal of Windows 7's many networking improvements and new features, they offer a fine reason to upgrade from XP. There used to be many reasons to skip migrating to Windows 7; but as the operating system matures and XP ages, Windows 7 is becoming a worthwhile update.
  • Is there free stuff for online security? Yes!

    Posted November 16, 2010 - 5:20 pm

    Anti-virus software, online scanners, vulnerability assessment tools, packet analyzers can all be had for free.
  • Supersize your WAN

    Posted November 16, 2010 - 4:02 pm

    Inexpensive SMB/branch office routers deliver advanced performance and security features.
  • How to Save $2,325 Per Desktop on Business Software

    Posted September 28, 2010 - 10:56 am

    Giant software companies like Microsoft have gotten where they are today by charging high prices for their products, and many enterprise users simply accept those costs as part of doing business.
  • Ten Mac business apps worth checking out

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 11:52 am

    Congratulations, Mac-based freelancer or business owner! Maybe you're just starting out on your entrepreneurial journey or perhaps you're gearing up to take things to the next level. Either way, if you're already feeling overwhelmed by a seemingly endless to-do list that you have yet to actually jot down, these ten great business apps and plug-ins could be just what you need to tackle the tasks at hand.
  • Cloud Computing: Early Adopters Share Five Key Lessons

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 3:25 pm

    While some large enterprises have moved their information-technology infrastructure to a third-party managed service to save costs, small firms--especially startups--have come to rely on cloud services to cut initial outlays and help them focus on the core services and products.
  • Special report: After Google-China dust-up, cyberwar emerges as a threat

    Posted April 7, 2010 - 11:48 am

    Few events have crystallized U.S. fears over a cyber catastrophe, or brought on calls for a strategic response, more than the recent attacks against Google and more than 30 other tech firms. The company's disclosure in January that it was attacked by China-based hackers -- and its subsequent decision to scale back operations there -- have stoked long-standing fears over the ability of cyber adversaries to penetrate commercial and government networks in the U.S.
  • How distributors are helping their partners

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 1:56 pm

    The ability for distributors to offer, lend and extend credit and financing to partners is nothing new. However, because of a weakening and uncertain economy, many distributors have had to revise the ways in which they are able to, or not, in some cases, provide this out.
  • Do You Need a File Server?

    Posted May 13, 2009 - 1:59 pm

    Having a file server has its advantages: your business critical files are stored on something that has more protection because it doesn't have one of your users sitting in front of it all day, surfing the Web and getting infected with e-mails. You can lock it in a closet to prevent theft, too. And lately prices have come down.
  • 5 Misunderstood Facts About ERP

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 9:48 am

    Think you know everything about ERP? Here are five things to consider:
  • The ROI of e-document delivery

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 8:38 pm

    Industry observers say e-document delivery streamlines the billing process, reduces time-consuming manual tasks and saves companies significantly on paper and postal costs.
  • SMB ERP Projects: Don't Forget the ROI

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 9:56 am

    Determining ROI pre- and post-rollout is key to achieving success with ERP projects, especially for resource-challenged SMBs.
  • SMB Security: Five Bright Ideas

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 11:51 am

    If you are in charge of security at an SMB, here are five key security trends that are affecting SMBs, along with some ideas on how to capitalize on them.
  • How SMB partners can weather the economic storm

    Posted January 7, 2009 - 5:33 pm

    At a time when most businesses are looking to cut costs and leverage existing resources, channel partners may feel discouraged in the marketplace. But there's actually no better time than now for partners to start having conversations with their customers.
  • Winchester Restaurants New on-line dining/entertainment guide

    Posted October 18, 2008 - 9:14 am

    The on-line dining guide to the finest restaurants and entertainment to be found in and around the City of Winchester. UK. Dedicated to Gourmets worldwide. Visitor feedback and reviews. Site designed and developed for usability, accessibility using XHTML strict and CSS.

  • Why VARs must add SaaS options

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 9:55 pm

    We won't be re-playing "Death of a Salesman" to the tune of SaaS any time soon, but traditional VARs that refuse to accept the SaaS model are in for a hard time. This is a game-changer, and will alter the very nature of what it means to be a reseller. The "sweet spot" for VARs will be the small and midsize business market, although if it is marketed right, there could even be growth potential in the Small Office/Home Office market—especially with standard productivity applications from Google and Microsoft hitting the SaaS world.
  • Inside one of SAP's smallest ERP success stories

    Posted September 29, 2008 - 10:25 am

    Artisan Hardwood Floors' purchase of SAP's BusinessOne ERP software in late 2007 wasn't anything that triggered a gushing press release from SAP's PR staff. It most likely didn't hit the radar screens of SAP CEO Henning Kagermann or CEO-in-waiting Leo Apotheker over in Walldorf, Germany. But it's a telling story, nevertheless, that starts with a "de facto" CIO and no IT staff, disparate systems, and almost no customer knowledge of SAP's ERP expertise.
  • Amid ERP skills shortage, customers look to SaaS choices

    Posted September 11, 2008 - 9:22 pm

    Due to an acute skills shortage in enterprise software circles that's hitting SMBs especially, a new and critical selection criterion has been added to the top of the mix: Availability of resources to help implement the SAP or Oracle software.
  • What software plus services means for Microsoft (and you)

    Posted May 27, 2008 - 12:07 pm

    In early March, during an annual conference in Seattle, Microsoft announced it was launching Microsoft Office SharePoint Online. While the idea was to provide a lightweight version of SharePoint as a hosted offering, analysts say the product has been presented in a way to avoid cannibalizing Microsoft's bread-and-butter installed software product, Office.
  • Web 2.0 business cards sport photos, avatars

    Posted March 30, 2007 - 9:53 am

    Leave your business cards at home and take the smaller, brighter, more personal mini-card with you instead. About half the size of a traditional business card, Moo cards feature your contact information on one side and a personal photo or avatar on the other -- and you can print 52 on on a single sheet of paper.
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