Building an office around the Apple Macintosh has long been a good business strategy, particularly for SMBs. Macs generally require fewer IT resources and retain their value better than Windows-based PCs -- that's a key consideration for cash- and resource-strapped small and midsize businesses. And the iPhone and iPad, with their strong Mac integration, make it easier for businesses to move into the new era of mobile computing. But before you can Go Mac, you need to know how to get your Mac offi
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Businesses with more advanced database needs than Bento can handle can move up to the FileMaker Pro line. (FileMaker Pro 11 can import or convert a Bento file, so you can start there if you're not sure.) The standard program costs $299 a seat, while $1,425 gets five licenses and a year of maintenance; other licensing options are also available. For more flexibility in designing a database, FileMaker Pro Advanced will run you $499 a seat; and to let more than 10 people access a database simultaneously, try FileMaker Server 10 for $999.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?