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A 7-Step Canvas to Turn IT into a Competitive Advantage

One of the hardest departments to manage, as an executive in a small or mid-size organization, is IT. Unfortunately, many organizations are unable or unwilling to invest in an entire IT department. For them, IT is simply an afterthought and necessary cost of doing business; something that can be set aside and looked at only […]

5 tips for running a small business from anywhere

The concept of a ‘physical office’ as a small business hub of productivity is quickly being replaced by the connected ‘mobile office,’ which connects employees wherever they happen to be. Today’s business landscape favors those who are nimble and able to adapt rapidly by collaborating on the go, sharing ideas quickly and anticipating customer needs. […]

How Small Businesses Can Thrive with Flexible Work Options

Courtesy of Cindy Bates – Vice President, Microsoft U.S. SMB group An essential characteristic of a modern business is your capacity to do business anywhere. Technology enables an organization to cultivate a cohesive, collaborative approach while providing flexibility in when, where and how your team gets work done. According to Staff.com, one in four workers […]

Nature happens—but it doesn’t have to spell disaster for your business

Security isn’t always about saving your data from high-tech hackers. Sometimes, it’s about protecting your data so you can access it in the event of an emergency. If a natural disaster forced your business to close or go offline for an extended period of time, would you be able to access important files? Would you […]

The #1 Way to Lose Customer Trust

Courtesy of Cindy Bates – Vice President, Microsoft U.S. SMB group Premera — a major health insurer based in Washington State, has been in the news this month — but not because of a major advancement in healthcare or a customer milestone. Instead, the brand is under scrutiny as a result of a cyberattack that […]

Expert Insights to Small Business Disaster Preparedness [Video]

[column span=”12″] A survey in late 2011 showed that 73 percent of small businesses experience an IT outage per year, and 24 percent experience three to four outages a year. Sixty-six percent of the systems that had outages were mission-critical to the business. These outages can cut into your company’s revenue or damage its reputation. […]

6 Ways Outdated IT Can Be Costly for Your Business [Infographic]

As a business decision maker, it is very tempting to think of technology as a long term investment that you have to depreciate to it’s last penny. But what many fail to understand is that while it may seem less costly to wait around to upgrade computer hardware and software until absolutely necessary can have a […]

A Layered Cybersecurity Bean Dip to Protect Your Business

Layered security is a trendy topic among IT professionals, but non-technical executives usually know very little about it. Simply put, layered security is all about taking a multi-faceted, strategic approach to your organization’s cybersecurity and risk management processes. The basic concept behind layered security is that threats loom at many different levels inside and outside […]

4 Best Practices for Managing a Distributed Workforce

More than ever, it’s common for workforces to be distributed across many locations. Remote offices across the country are the norm, and having ancillary offices in another country is nothing unusual. Even employees in the same office as you are likely telecommuting at least a couple days a month. And no matter where your employees […]

Microsoft Office 365: Business Benefits & Strategic Value

In 2011, Microsoft completely revamped its subscription-based office suite, rebranding it as Office 365. Four years later, Microsoft Office 365 has evolved from a cloud-based Office subscription to something that provides businesses a great deal of value. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about Office 365, and how your business can squeeze maximum […]