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posted in October 2008

Smaller Businesses Have IT Envy, See SaaS As Solution

10/30/2008
How do smaller businesses use and manage IT? Not surprisingly, smaller organizations struggle to compete with larger enterprises and often don't know how to gain access to the high-quality IT services that could offer competitive parity or advantage. But hosted services may open doors previously closed to smaller organizations.

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Microsoft Unleashes Cloud OS: Red Dog

10/27/2008
Into the intersection of contracting IT budgets due to the financial crisis and gathering momentum for cloud computing steps Microsoft with Azure, a platform that allows developers to create cloud-computing architectures run from (where else?) Microsoft servers.

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Crisis Survival Kit: 20 Ways To Trim IT Costs

10/27/2008
Any way that a business owner can conserve cash right now is pure gold. That includes not only expenses on the business side but also on the IT side. The key is to trim IT costs carefully -- with a scalpel not a hatchet -- so the cuts don't hobble your business.

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SaaS Revenue Poised To Double Within 5 Years

10/23/2008
Business may have concerns about letting vital business data move offsite, but those concerns aren't stopping the SaaS market from growing by leaps and bounds according to a new report. And more big name vendors, such as IBM, are jumping on the SaaS bandwagon.

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Crisis Survival Kit: 6 Ways To Contain IT Costs

10/23/2008
Infrastructure -- roads and bridges -- is what keeps our society moving, literally, and without management and maintenance, it crumbles. The same is true of your company's IT infrastructure -- the hardware, software, networks, and other systems that keep your business moving require care and feeding. And that costs money. Here are 6 ways to keep those costs under control without allowing your infrastructure to deteriorate and take your business with it.

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Benchmark Your Business With Freshbooks

10/14/2008
Business owners know how well they're doing relative to last year, last quarter, and last month. Knowing how you're doing relative to your competitors, is another story. That's the gap Freshbooks aims to bridge.

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Egnyte's On Demand File Server For The iPhone

10/14/2008
What would you say to a single solution that centralized storage, collaboration, and backup in an on-demand infrastructure for $15 per user per month? Oh and it works on the iPhone too. The power of cloud computing realized or more cloud vapor?

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Financial Crisis Means Cash And Carry For Business Owners

10/3/2008
When investment bankers and Wall Street hedge fund managers moan about liquidity, it's tough for business owners to sympathize -- they're concerned about making payroll, overdue notices from suppliers, and keeping the lights on. In other words, cash flow. It doesn't matter if your company has a cadre of accountants or one person in the back room with a paper ledger, cash rules now more than ever.

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IBM Cognos Bids For Biz Friendly BI

10/2/2008
The business side of the house is where the rubber of business intelligence meets the road of opportunity. Yet, too often business needs take a back seat to IT and/or finance requirements or processes, eroding the decision-making value of a BI investment. At least that's the issue that Cognos combats with the its newest release.

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Crisis Survival Kit: 5 Ways The Meltdown Will Change Digital Marketing

10/1/2008
Facing an economic downturn, the -- understandable -- impulse for many business owners is to pour any available resources into marketing to bring in more business. But it's crucial that business owners think through how the downturn will affect digital marketing before committing dollars to specific programs, vehicles, or campaigns.

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IBM Launches Shared Storage For SMBs

10/1/2008
The latest "big" company to set its sites on small and midsize companies is IBM with the introduction of a new shared storage option that claims to cut storage costs and require minimal IT resources.

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Financial Crisis: Venture Capital Drying Up

10/1/2008
In the third quarter of 2008 there was one venture-backed IPO. One. In the entire quarter! That the increasingly tight credit market was making it harder to maintain operations was already keeping many business owners awake at night, but now it appears that a key source of funding for startup companies has morphed into a mirage -- or has it?

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