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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The entry-level model in the Mac laptop line is the 13" MacBook at $999, but it's not recommend that for business use. The 13" MacBook Pro, at just $200 more, gives you twice the RAM (4 GB rather than two), a backlit keyboard, a FireWire port (a real help for performing some maintenance tasks) and an SD card reader -- and it's even lighter. Moving to a larger screen entails a big price jump: the 15" MacBook Pro starts at $1,799. You get more for your money, but it doesn't offers as attractive a price-performance ratio as the 13" model.
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?
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