Many small and midsize businesses are champing at the bit to ring in 2011, with expectations of improving economic conditions and smoother sailing ahead. But before we count down the clock just yet, it's often prudent to take a quick look back at where we've been. Therein lie the lessons learned -- and hopefully a few causes for celebration, too -- that can build the foundation for future success. Although we may have to wait until next year -- or 2014, even -- to see how all of that political a
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The Great Recession officially ended this year, or so they said. In IT, it was midsize firms -- and not necessarily their smaller brethren -- that helped kick-start spending again. And though conditions did improve in 2010, midmarket spending outpaced small business spending, and SMBs of all sizes were -- as usual -- forced to be creative with their IT investments.
Among the stories underpinning the always-evolving technology industry this year: The continued, rapid expansion of mobility, cloud services, social media, and business apps, to name a few. 2010 was also a busy -- to put it mildly -- year for the relationship between big government and smaller companies. We take a look back at the 10 stories and trends that impacted SMBs the most in 2010.
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.
This inaugural episode of Business Matters explores the subject of leadership with former Air Force Brigadier General John Michel, the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer and President of MV International.