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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Healthcare reform was major story for just about everyone in the U.S., and SMBs were no exception. The new law won't actually require all employers to offer health insurance. But beginning in 2014, if you have more than 50 employees, you must either offer group coverage or pay a stiff price to Uncle Sam: $2,000 for each full-time worker beyond the first 30 employees. And that's not the only tech impact: Ongoing political and legal challenges could slow innovation by health care IT providers.
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.