Gain Business Insight with Office 2007

Gain Business Insight with Office 2007 The world of a typical employee has changed dramatically in recent years. We often hear terms like “empowered” to describe employees, and while that term may be overused and cliché, it is a fact that modern companies expect more from every individual employee. Long gone are the days of mindless drones sitting around responding to orders that come down from above. Today, everyone is responsible for business performance management. In essence, we have all become CEO of our own little part of the company. The only way to do this is through gaining real…

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Already Using VoIP? Give Productivity a Boost by Going Wireless

Already Using VoIP? Give Productivity a Boost by Going Wireless If you’re serious about lowering business expenses and increasing efficiency, you may already be among the growing number of SMBs using Voice over IP (VoIP) technology to offset telecommunications expenses. But did you know that by blending VoIP technology with your existing wireless LAN, you can make another leap in productivity — through a new technology called wireless VoIP? The idea may not be so strange. In recent months, more and more businesses with 10- to 50-person networks are realizing Voice over Wi-Fi technology is within their grasp. By using…

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8 Ways to Help Maintain Your Computer and Devices at Work

  8 Ways to Help Maintain Your Computer and Devices at Work You most likely couldn’t do your job without your computer and mobile devices. Everyday you use them to work on files, connect with people, and access resources. Keeping them running smoothly is important to working effectively. So how do you start? At work your computer and devices are part of a larger network. Keeping them running means you have to work closely with your corporate IT department. Working with them will save you time, save your company money, and help keep the network secure. This article includes tips…

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7 Things to Expect from Your IT Partner

7 Things to Expect from Your IT Partner By Jeff Wuorio Reprinted with permission from the Microsoft Small Business Center Your information-technology partner business should be just that — a partner in every sense of the word.  On the surface, that may sound a little warm and fuzzy, and possibly a bit optimistic. Some IT consultants may focus on fulfilling your basic needs. They provide you technology advice and supply whatever tangible products and service are necessary to facilitate your needs. But what you should reasonably expect from an IT “partner” goes well beyond that. They should take a vested…

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The 7 Deadly Signs Of Server Aging

  The 7 Deadly Signs Of Server Aging Your server is a ticking time bomb. Although it may never actually blow up, sooner or later it will become obsolete and that is a potentially explosive liability for any business. The truth is that the older hardware is, the more likely that a failure and loss of productivity will occur. According to CompTIA (the Computer Industry Association) a company can avoid large expenses by updating its servers every three years. If it waits five years, then there’s a big risk of being compelled to upgrade many components simultaneously which is not…

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Forget Luck

    Forget Luck Used with permission of Joel H. Weldon & Associates, Inc. http://www.SuccessComesInCans.com</font rel=”nofollow”> “Good luck,” said the manager to the salesperson leaving for an important sales call. “Wish me luck,” said the student to his mother as he left for school to take an important test. “Boy, were we lucky,” said the lawyer to his partners after winning the case. You’ve probably heard it said that “Luck is when opportunity and preparation meet,” and “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” These are really truisms. Take fishing for example. The people who consistently catch fish have…

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Social networking: Is your identity at risk?

  Social networking: Is your identity at risk? reprinted with permission from HP The total number of users on the social networking site Facebook has now soared above the 200 million mark. Just to put that into perspective: if Facebook were a country, it would be the fifth largest on Earth, after China, India, the U.S. and Indonesia. According to a recent report by ComScore, the number of European Facebook subscribers has grown by 314% over the past year to nearly 100 million users. Due to the site’s popularity, many organizations (including HP) have recognized Facebook’s value in promoting their…

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The 2009 Recovery Plan: What It Means For Your Business

  The 2009 Recovery Plan: What It Means For Your Business reprinted with permission from HP When the going gets tough, the tough have a smart game plan. And with over 2 million jobs lost in 2008, the situation is definitely getting tough. Fortunately, the US has relieved our 26 million small businesses—those which gross $15 million or less in profits annually[1]–in more ways than one with its 2009 Recovery Plan. The new plan not only gives small businesses tax breaks and credits, it also plans to give your customers more money by providing them jobs. In the meantime, though,…

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How to Boost your Creativity at Work

  How to Boost your Creativity at Work reprinted with permission from HP Small Business Center When you think of “creativity”, you might immediately think of artists, musicians or designers. But the fact is that creativity is a useful tool in all sorts of occupations, from accounting to engineering to teaching. Creativity is the fuel for new products, systems, and better ways of getting work done. According to Dr. Warren Bennis, a respected American scholar, organizational consultant and an expert in the field of leadership studies, “The organizations of the future will increasingly depend on the creativity of their members…

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How To Fire a Family Member

  How To Fire a Family Member by Jeff Wuorio – reprinted with permission from the Microsoft Small Business Center Business consultant: “Sir, the problem with your business is your son — he’s incompetent and destructive. You gotta fire him right away.” Business owner: “I know it. Just one problem. I have to sleep with his mother.” That well-worn joke points out an all-too-common problem with many businesses: a family member hired who eventually proves a bad fit. He has to go. Canning anyone is like firing a torpedo at a military target. Firing a family member is akin to…

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