Reinventing a Small Business with Simple Technology

Eric D. Brown

Last year I helped a friend of mine reinvent his business. My friend owns a plumbing company that has been in business since the 1940s and has been passed down to him from his father and grandfather. It is amazing what some simple technology can do to help reinvent a business.

12 steps to small business security

Network World

Image by Thinkstock If you’re a small to midsized business and you wing it when it comes to network management and security then it’s not a question of if you will have a disaster, it’s merely a question of when. Here are 12 steps that will, in the long run, make your business safer.

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What Can CRM Do for Small Business?

IT Toolbox

Many small businesses wonder whether they truly need to incorporate a customer relationship management (CRM) platform into their business processes. So many other options are out there—so many tools, programs, and applications. Is a CRM system necessary? The simple answer is yes. The more complicated answer is, why wouldn’t you take advantage of every tool available to aid you in building

7012 Regs and Cyber insurance on collision course with small business


This two-part article isn’t intended to fan the flames, but rather to give the context behind the regs, provide meaningful definitions for practical use, offer probable implications for industry, and set out why the seemingly most reasonable solution for businesses may be the most dangerous to them.

Is Social Media Right For Your Small Business?

Cloud Musings

While the personal value of this modern convenience seems obvious to most, the task of proving the channel’s worth to a business can be very challenging. Dell has been a leader in the use of social media for business and recognizes that it has value for more than improved brand awareness.

8 Ways Small Businesses Can Boost Sales with CRM

IT Toolbox

As a small business (SB) owner, you’ve heard how important it is to have a customer relationship management (CRM) system to increase and improve customer satisfaction. You’ve probably also heard that customers demand more personalized experiences that you can develop only by using CRM. However, knowing is only half the battle. The other half is taking advantage of the CRM system

Infographic: Small business is vulnerable to cyberattack

Tech Republic Security

According to a survey by data firm Carbonite 74% of small business owners fear Washington politicians are not doing enough to protect companies against cyberattack

Best Cloud-Based ERP for Small Business

IT Toolbox

It has such a nice ring to it: the cloud. It conjures up visions of free-floating, pristine forms with no limits on where they go or what they do. That's one version of a cloud. The other version is one of the leading technology topics in the world. Known as on-demand computing, cloud computing makes use of the internet to store records and documents through shared computing

Social CRM Strategies for Small Businesses

IT Toolbox

percent sales productivity improvement when a business uses tools with mobile and social functionality. Customer relationship management (CRM) vendors continue to add social media functionality to their products. These features bring excellent value to your CRM, with Nucleus Research reporting a 26.4 Before you deploy your social CRM, prepare the right strategies for maximizing your sales technology

Flaws expose Cisco small-business routers, firewalls to hacking

Network World

Three models of Cisco wireless VPN firewalls and routers from the small business RV series contain a critical unpatched vulnerability that attackers can exploit remotely to take control of devices. The vulnerability is located in the Web-based management interface of the Cisco RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall, RV130W Wireless-N Multifunction VPN Router and RV215W Wireless-N VPN Router.

Security breaches: How small businesses can avoid a HIPAA lawsuit

Tech Republic Security

Here's what it could mean for your business and how you can protect your company The US government recently began investigating smaller healthcare cybersecurity breaches.

5 Ways Mobile CRM Can Boost Your Small Business

IT Toolbox

Great technology can help level the playing field, giving small businesses the edge they need to compete with their bigger rivals. Mobile CRM is one such system that can help your business succeed and grow. Mobile CRM is especially useful if you have a decentralized sales force who are out on the road meeting clients and making deals. Using their laptops and tablets, they will have

NIST's Cybersecurity Framework offers small businesses a vital information security toolset

Tech Republic Security

Small businesses run lean, and bad guys know that means security may be less than adequate. NIST researchers share ways that small businesses can protect their information

Small businesses are fleeing to cloud computing and mobile apps, says new study

Tech Republic Cloud

Small businesses around the world are increasingly relying on cloud computing and apps to run their operations and solve business problems. Here's why

More than Half of Small Businesses Plan to Run Entire IT in Cloud by 2020: Report

Data Center Knowledge

Survey predicts corporate adoption of cloud-only IT will more than double in the next two years to 26 percent. Read More. Shared

Is ERP Good for Small Business?

IT Toolbox

When you run a small business, you're always on the prowl for ways to make your business run more smoothly and serve your customers better. You're also looking for ways to streamline operations and improve the efficiency of your business. You want it to grow and generate increased returns on your investment. Enter enterprise resource planning, or ERP. Does ERP

5 questions to ask when choosing a CRM for your small business

Tech Republic Cloud

Often times, a small business will have similar challenges as a large enterprise in terms of finding the right tools. Here are a few things to consider as you vet a CRM for your small business

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CTOvision Named To BizTech’s List Of Top 30 Must-Read Blogs For the Small to Mid-sized Business


We are pleased to report that CTOvision has been named to BizTech's list of the top 30 "Must-Read" blogs for small to mid-sized businesses, ranking as number 2 of 30. The small to mid-sized market includes all firms under 2000 people in size, which is 90% of the businesses in the U.S.

4 Reasons Why Every Small Business Needs to Invest in ERP Analytics

IT Toolbox

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software collects and manages big data and provides users with unparalleled business intelligence. Here are four of the benefits of ERP analytics for small businesses. Big data underpins almost every marketing campaign and customer experience. These large data sets influence everything from supply chain management to human resources.

What Makes SEO Important For Small Business?


There is hardly a business in the world that has not invested in an online presence to some extent. Following is an overview of some of the most significant advantages SEO can provide for the small business today. The post What Makes SEO Important For Small Business?

How to keep your small business safe from data breaches and hacks

Network World

And small ecommerce businesses, especially ones using an open source platform, are particularly susceptible to hacks and breaches. So what can small ecommerce shops do to protect their sites as well as any sensitive (customer) data? Cyberattacks are becoming more and more sophisticated and it's easy to be fooled by emails, links and attachments that look like everyday business requests,” says Norman Guadagno, chief evangelist, Carbonite. “It

Why Small Businesses Need to Utilize Big Data

IT Toolbox

Big data has been trending in the business world for quite a long time now. However, many people associate big data with large businesses; I'll talk about why small businesses need to make use of this valuable resource

Pursuing DoD Business? Here is what is driving major USN procurements


The following is a recap of Navy Gold Coast 2014, a Small Business Procurement Event. . Attendees were treated to some great presentations 11-13 Aug 2014 in San Diego as the Navy provided their assessment of upcoming opportunities to interested small businesses.

The secrets to big data project success for small businesses

Tech Republic Big Data

Big data analytics can help small businesses level the playing field. Find out what the cloud has to do with it, and read tips on selecting the optimal analytics tools to use

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Cloud and Mobile – Enabling the Small Business

Eric D. Brown

I just finished reading an article written by John Mason titled When Small Businesses Use Cloud and Mobile to Go Global ” over on IBM’s Smarter Planet Blog. The cloud brings a great deal of value to organizations, but even more-so to small businesses. [tech]: Windows Small Business Server 2011.

Sean Daniel

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials & Windows Home Server 2011 RTM! Both Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Windows Home Server 2011 have released to manufacturing! Windows Small Business Server 2011 is the ideal first server for small businesses with up to 25 users, providing a cost-effective, easy to use solution for protecting, organizing and accessing company data from anywhere. Green Business. (7).

The Importance of Business Continuity for Small Businesses


The importance of business continuity for small businesses is something that cannot be overstated. Many people incorrectly assume that just because they have a disaster recovery plan in place, business continuity will essentially take care of itself.

Mobile Connectivity and Your Business

Eric D. Brown

Imagine being a small business owner today. Maybe some of you are small business owners so it’ll be very easy to imagine. Now, imagine that you are looking to expand your business. Mobile Connectivity and Your Business.

5 Killer SEO Landing Page Tips for Small Business


There was a time when small businesses only had to worry about advertising on a local scale. That being said, here is a look at five killer SEO landing page tips for small business owners who are looking to establish an online presence for their company. [tech]: Windows Small Business Server 2011.

Sean Daniel

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Intel vPro Add-in. Labels: 2011 Add-in , Aurora , Green Business , SBS 2011 Essentials , Storage Server Essentials , Videos. The Basics of Local DNS for Small Business Server 2011 Essentials. Green Business. (7).

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials -

Sean Daniel

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials – Available Today! Last week, the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials was announced as reaching the RTM milestone. Then download a copy and start discovering the multiple ways Windows SBS 2011 Essentials can benefit you and your business. Testimonials As you know, a small set of companies had the pleasure of running SBS 2011 Essentials in their business as part of the early adoption program.

Startup Sndr planning encrypted file management for small businesses

Tech Republic Security

A startup, Sndr, hopes to bring similar functions to small businesses There are plenty of enterprise systems for remote file management and data encryption.

New Wix ADI uses artificial intelligence to design your small business website

Tech Republic Cloud

Cloud-based web development platform, Wix, recently unveiled an AI-powered tool that will automatically create a customizable homepage for a business or user

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