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Gmail as a productivity tool for small businesses

The popularity of Gmail has spawned a host of third party tools that help small business owners up their productivity and increase business. As a small business owner, here are a few productivity areas you must consider investing in.

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Establishing enterprise IT best practices for an SMB

Enterprises spend trillions of dollars each year on storage and security compliance. Here are some of the best practices that enterprise IT adhere to, and how small businesses could deploy similar systems for your own infrastructure...

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What a CIO needs to know about initial coin offerings

What the small business CIO should learn about initial coin offerings (ICO) versus the traditional initial public offerings (IPO).

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5 ways for businesses to master the relationship economy

The Consumer Economy model has shifted and is now built around trust and enabled by digitization, putting the power back in the consumer’s hands. All industries must learn to adapt to a new model, the Relationship Economy, in order to...

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Automating the workplace

Automating mundane tasks in the workplace has a significant ROI, because it lets workers focus on what really matters.

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7 things startups need to know about cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is now simply one the many realities of doing business today. You should know the risks, and put programs in place that will help you avoid getting hit by cyberattacks down the line.

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Breaking through stalls in decision-making

Many organizations struggle to make decisions effectively and quickly. In this column Patty Azzarello outlines the critical phases that teams and leaders must undergo in order to move seamlessly from debate to full engagement.

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How to create an effective business continuity plan

A business continuity plan outlines procedures and instructions an organization must follow in the face of disaster, whether fire, flood or cyberattack. Here's how to create one that gives your business the best chance of surviving...

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Improving business leadership through technology

We all want to be a great leader, but often times struggle when knowing how to improve. Here we talk about the importance of using technology when being a leader, and how it can help you be more effective.

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Partnerships among many paths to fintech tipping point

When banks and multinational service providers begin carrying out their strategies to survive, and even take advantage of the disruptive potential of fintech, they will find an ecosystem of companies ready and willing to deal.

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Project management software: 6 free and feature-filled open source tools

You don't have to shell out for expensive project management software, these free and open-source solutions that just might fit your business needs.

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Cybercrime is biggest threat to small and medium-size firms ‘by far’

Recent figures show that 80 percent of SMEs hit by major cyber incidents don't live longer than two years after the fact -- and although there's growing awareness about the importance of cyber security, many SMEs might still not be...

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How to produce a must-see small business video

Video experts and small business owners share their tips for creating videos that grab and keep viewers’ attention and offer advice on how and where to showcase them.

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SMBs continue to be a target of cybercriminals

Believing that their security program is good enough means there's a good chance they’ll be breached. Here are some lessons from the bigs guys for the SMBs.

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How to run your small business with free open source software

From alternatives to Microsoft Office to full-blown ERP systems, open source software can provide free options for small businesses that don't have the budget for big-ticket enterprise applications.

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6 steps for setting up a server room for your small business

Are you worried about relying on a third-party online service provider to store your business data? Learn how to set up your own server room for an on-premises deployment instead.

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FCC's deregulation of business data lines could mean a price hike

If you operate a small or medium-sized U.S. business, you can expect to pay more for broadband services in the near future because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to deregulate providers of business data lines,...

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8 great small business productivity and collaboration apps

Entrepreneurs and project managers share their favorite apps for staying organized and productive.

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