Many small businesses equate improved efficiency with devices such as a smartphones and notebooks. That's why almost half are using them despite inadequate management policies, finds a new CDW survey.
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 that improve SMB efficiency.
Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation
After a fire destroyed all of Pelindaba Lavender's office and manufacturing facilities, it was able to reseed the business -- by using the product formulas and operational plans saved with EMC's Mozy service.
The cloud service, currently in beta, cloud help small-business owners get to their most important messages most quickly -- across their email and key social networks including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Born as an invoicing solution, the cloud service is finding loyal followers with those seeking an accounting application that it doesn't require an accounting degree.
About one-third of SMBs are spending an average of $845 per month to manage their social media messages, according to new research from cloud marketing company Vocus.
The new Facebook Offers services facilitates creation of "coupon-like" promotions publicized or distributed to page followers, but there's a cost involved.
More than 45 million people are using the developer's connected services, more than double its installed base for hosted services just four years ago.
Apple's lengthy iCloud email outage, which affected 2 million to 3 million people, offers a vivid reminder of why you need a plan B when it comes to electronic communications.
An increasing number of smaller companies see social connections and face-to-face relationships as equally valuable to growing their business.
Two new features make it simpler for small business teams to collaborate on hiring decisions and to attract a broader pool of qualified candidates.