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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
New laser printers and multifunction devices are targeted at SMBs that produce their own marketing collateral or that require professional-quality color output.
OneDesk collects feedback and ideas from internal sources and social media; a new API allows it to integrate with apps from NetSuite, Oracle, SAP and Salesforce.com.
IDC research suggests SMBs are adopting the 'bring your own device' concept quickly, helping them gain productivity and efficiency advantages against larger enterprises.
Xactly Express for SMB integrates with Salesforce.com and is targeted at small companies with limited in-house compensation administration resources and expertise.
An end-to-end energy management system from EnTouch Controls is designed in use in restaurants, retail stores and small offices.
A new site called inflite.com, currently in beta, is focused on hosting blogs written by small-business owners and professionals and boasts tight links to Twitter, LinkedIN and Facebook.
The Web-based TripIT for Business application now includes more features that help travel arrangers and financial sorts manage travel expense trends and forecasts.
SmartRecruiters offers a cloud-based recruiting applications that integrates with social networks and third-party recruiting services.
There is a lot more at stake than 'just' freedom of expression, so the small business community -- especially those with a technology bent -- need to stay abreast of this issue.