Before your small business starts its next technology project or embarks on a new IT investment, here are some things to keep in mind.
Small Business Matters
Long-time small-business advocate Heather Clancy translates the latest SMB trends -- from e-commerce technologies to cost-effective applications, hardware, collaboration tools and cloud services.
Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism life as a business writer with United Press International in New York. She holds a B.A. in English literature from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and has a thing for Lewis Carroll.
Infusionsoft is getting $54 million in growth capital to accelerate development of its software, which combines sales, marketing and CRM functions.
Backupify offers a backup solution targeted at users of widely used cloud applications and services.
NoWait's service helps small establishments alert waiting patrons through text messages to their mobile phone, foregoing investments in pricey pager systems.
The insights enabled by massive data analytics applications aren't just the provenance of enterprise companies. Get ready to hear a lot more about big data for SMBs in 2013.
The SlideShark presentation viewer is one of the top productivity applications for small businesses on Apple iOS. The developer's new HTML 5 player product line should broaden Brainshark's presence on the Android platform.
The cloud-based application goes beyond to-do lists to help organize all the documents, conversations and tasks associated with a given project.
The emergence of mobile payment platforms is inspiring a flood of new applications that aspire to help small businesses ditch the paper punchcards many currently use to track purchases and reward repeat customers.
FedEx Office, Office Depot, Go Daddy and Intuit are among the companies that will offer discounts to very small businesses through the online business management platform.
The winter upgrade to the credit-card processing service integrates a range of features designed to aid with real-time marketing and promotions.
Wave thinks integration, Xero eases reporting and Kashoo updates iPad app.
Pricing for the NAS device, which uses both hard disks and solid state drives, starts at $599.
The Los Angeles-based startup, which makes nutritious beverages for the fitness-conscious, has cut report processing time, reduced data entry errors and accelerated reimbursements by using ExpenseCloud.
The company's new community site offers financial resources, case studies and (of course) technology suggestions for fast-growing businesses.
More than a half-million companies are extending the database platform to improve internal workflows and automate paper-driven processes.