Smaller companies are under constant pressure to maximize their performance with minimal resources. However, you can't do business without technology -- and tech means spending money, something there never seems to be quite enough of for growing businesses. You keep a vigilant eye on costs as a matter of course. So you need to be creative to get what you and your employees need -- from phone service to software to desks and chairs -- without busting the budget. No matter what your business needs
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Shifting some or even all of your servers, software, and other IT infrastructure beyond the physical walls of your business can make big sense for small firms. Cloud computing might offer significant savings not just in startup costs but also in maintenance and security.
Sometimes saving crucial cash is just a matter of shopping around for the best deal. In other cases, you may need to be more innovative in your approach, whether that means retooling existing gear or finding like-minding organizations to share costs. It could be as simple as paying attention to your bills. It might be a matter of willpower, and resisting the urge to pick up toys that are less than business-critical.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?