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Business Intelligence Making Strides With Small Businesses

Business Intelligence Making Strides With Small Businesses

When people talk about a business’ efficiency, it’s typically referring to the ability for the organization to bring a product or service to market quickly with a small amount of wasted resources. The prevailing theory is that an efficiently-run business costs less, makes more, and grows faster than one that is inefficient. With the way business is headed--that is, with smaller profit margins than ever before--boosting efficiency has become a core business strategy. In fact, in today’s technology-driven marketplace, there are many that would argue that the efficient business is the only good business.

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What is Cloud Waste and How Can You Prevent It?

What is Cloud Waste and How Can You Prevent It?

Cloud computing offers businesses an economical way to obtain the software and services they need. Yet, there comes a point when having too much of a good thing becomes wasteful, no matter how affordable the service may be. If a business owner isn’t careful about how they utilize the cloud, then they can unknowingly find themselves experiencing “cloud waste.”

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Tip of the Week: These Windows 10 Shortcuts are Worth Committing to Memory

Tip of the Week: These Windows 10 Shortcuts are Worth Committing to Memory

A mouse is necessary for working with documents or for browsing the Internet. However, that shouldn’t stop you from using key command shortcuts to cut down on the number of clicks you need to make. With Windows 10, there are plenty of shortcuts that can be used to accomplish more throughout the workday.

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Develop Your Own Knowledge Management System and Save Money

b2ap3_thumbnail_good_idea_400.jpgYour staff’s ability to access the data they need to do their jobs is paramount to the success of your business. Are you serious about making it as easy as possible for your team to get the information they need, or is this responsibility an afterthought?

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Are Workplace Distractions Getting Worse?

b2ap3_thumbnail_distracted_unproductive_400.jpgTechnology is a double-edged sword. It provides businesses with powerful tools that can bring unparalleled organization and efficiency to their operations; yet, technology provides workers with a tidal wave of distractions. What's your company doing to manage this unique technological paradox?

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3 Black and White Tips to Help You Choose the Right Printer

b2ap3_thumbnail_print_money_400.jpgThe office might be moving toward digital filing more and more every day, but that doesn't change the fact that you sometimes need to print something out for your own needs. Some offices need a printer for hard copies of documents in the event that their system can't be accessed. Overall, having a printer around can be very beneficial to your company, but do you know how to choose between the many different types of printers?

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Outsourcing Your Intranet Can Benefit Your Company

b2ap3_thumbnail_your_business_intranet_400.jpgA basic Intranet can be an invaluable tool for a budding company, and can help connect your employees over your own network. However, that's not all that an intranet is good for. It can also save you a lot of money in the long run by streamlining operations and decreasing downtime!

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Don’t Let a Few Lost Minutes Sink Your Productivity!

b2ap3_thumbnail_sink_to_the_bottom_400.jpgHow long does it take to boot up your computer when you start your workday? Most people would be fine with a one minute boot time; five minutes can get a little annoying, and anything longer than ten minutes warrants a coffee break. You may not have realized it, but a few extra minutes of boot time can impact the productivity of your company in a big way.

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Time Spent Faxing Can Really Add Up

b2ap3_thumbnail_fax_machines_are_a_waste_400.jpgLet's say that you're on the phone with a client going over a major proposal and they utter four words that fill you with dread, "Fax it to me." It's not that you don't know how to send a fax, but you dread faxing because you know that you're in for a big waste of time, especially considering how many pages your proposal is.

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Efficiency is Important for Your Business

b2ap3_thumbnail_business_of_efficiency_400.jpgWhen your business runs efficiently, you will see the positive side effects start relatively quickly. While this seems pretty reasonable to most everyone, there are many business owners that don't know how to best produce the kind of efficiency that will take their business to the next level.

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What it Takes to Upgrade Your Technology

b2ap3_thumbnail_upgrade400.jpgIs your business prepared to invest all the time and resources it takes to implement a major change in technology? Implementing new business technology is much more complicated than hooking up a new PC at home. If you're planning on upgrading your company's technology, then you will want to know what you're getting into.

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Get Bigger and Better Bandwidth for Your Business

b2ap3_thumbnail_internet400.jpgYou're a business that accomplishes important work. You deserve a fast Internet connection. A business that opts for a consumer-grade Internet connection in order to save money will end up losing more money than what they save. A fast Internet connection can help your business grow, making it worth the extra investment.

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