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 previous iteration of Building The Mac Office recommended Xserve server (soon to be discontinued) or buying the OS X Server and running it on any Intel Mac. But this year, it's impossible not to like the Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server as an off-the-shelf server option. Inside the tiny (7.7-inch-square, 1-1/2-inch-high) box is a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB of RAM. It also comes with two 500GB full-speed hard drives and an unlimited client license for OS X Server, which supplies file and print, email, Web, and other services. At $999, why look further?
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?