What the Stimulus Package Means for Small Business
Today the House of Representatives passed the $146 billion fiscal stimulus package it worked out in concert with the Bush administration. Assuming the Senate goes along with it--no sure thing--what does it mean for small and medium-size businesses?Last week's news brought the initial outlines of the tax breaks made available to businesses in the package, but anyone who looked into the fine points likely came away confused. For example, the description of the bill on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Web site said firms could write off "50 percent for investments in 2008," while the White House version had it as "an additional 50 percent of the cost of their investment in 2008" (emphasis added). Similar differences are found in the descriptions of the raised limit on what businesses will qualify for the deduction. Inc.com Robb Mandelbaum takes a stab at teasing out what's really in the package in his column, "How Much Will The Stimulus Help Your Business?"Inc.com
The Business of Going DigitalDigital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.