Growing Businesses Start Simply with a Path for Expansion on RapidStart CRM

As businesses grow, the need to track potential customers and current accounts moves beyond the capabilities of a simple spreadsheet. However, power tier solutions like Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics 365, SAP and Oracle may prove too complex and expensive. For small to midsize companies, RapidStart CRM delivers a simple, affordable solution designed for growth. The Goldilocks Zone The major competitors in the CRM market offer hundreds of features. And for large enterprises, the advanced capabilities of a solution like Dynamics 365 Sales Professional and Sales Enterprise prove essential. On the other hand, for a small to midsize company, feature overload can…

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Microsoft Teams vs Slack: Superior Video Conferencing, Integration and Security Make the Difference

In today’s workplace, with team members scattered across multiple offices and remote locations, collaboration platforms provide a critical communications hub. Two clear leaders dominate this space, and organizations must look closely to determine the best fit for their needs. In the battle of Microsoft Teams vs Slack, the choice comes down to a few key features. Both Microsoft Teams and Slack organize communication via channels, or teams. Each allows unlimited messages, as well as the ability to send both public and private messages. Both allow file sharing and unlimited, one-on-one video and audio calls. Users can access each tool via…

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Microsoft 365 vs Google Workspace; Which Will Power your Teams?

The software you choose to power your teams will affect nearly every aspect of the workday, from online meetings to document creation and email. Naturally, Microsoft and Google dominate the landscape, both offering a variety of solutions for business. In the Microsoft 365 vs Google Workspace (formerly G-Suites) battle, which option will deliver for you? On the surface, Microsoft and Google offer similar options. Both provide email, word processing, spreadsheets and presentation capabilities. Both deliver the ability to connect through video conferencing and chat, to take notes and store documents. But a closer look reveals differing approaches. Microsoft builds on…

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Introducing the COVID-19 New Normal Office Productivity

Many businesses need to make up for ongoing COVID-19 crisis financial losses. Thus, the new normal office productivity must improve. Wouldn’t it be great to balance out some of the revenue lost during the pandemic with one or more surprisingly simple productivity enhancements? In a previous post, we briefly listed several improvements business leaders could make to increase productivity when workers return. Implementing those changes while the office is close to empty makes perfect sense. So, consider these productivity boosters, ranging from easy and affordable to bold and exciting. Cameras for Desktop Computers Because they come so equipped, many workers…

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Is your office ready for the return post COVID-19?

Last week, the IRS started returning 10,000 employees to do mission-critical work. For many business leaders, their mission critical work is making money to survive. Truly, it can’t come soon enough, but is your office ready for the return post COVID-19? Now that we have adjusted to the WFH routine of conference calls, tuning out distractions and swapping PJ’s for sweats, the time has come to start planning the return to the office. As with any change in the business environment, there will be costs and opportunities. You may need to adjust work schedules and provide hygiene safety procedures and…

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Multiple Computer Monitors: Advantages and Disadvantages

Multiple Computer Monitors: Advantages and Disadvantages used with permission from SBA.gov by Anita Campbell Are you looking to increase productivity in your small business? Some entrepreneurs and professionals find it helpful to have access to multiple computer monitors. This type of setup can potentially improve collaboration, productivity and even location flexibility. But there are also some potential drawbacks, from money and space constraints to the potential for distractions. If you’re considering investing in dual monitors for your own office, here are some of the pros and cons to consider. Pros of Using Multiple Computer Monitors Easy Switching Between Programs As…

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Reduce Risk, Increase Productivity and Save Money with Information Governance

Reduce Risk, Increase Productivity and Save Money with Information Governance Every day, the world produces 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. We send emails and texts, record financial transactions and equipment logs, create spreadsheets and presentations, and much more. By the year 2020, experts suggest, there will be roughly 1.7 megabytes of data created each second for every human on the planet. While the potential benefits of analyzing that data are limited only by our imagination, the task is daunting. Currently, we use only a tiny fraction of the stored data, ever. Furthermore, the data also represents potential risk and liability…

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3 Business Benefits of Technical Documentation

Technical Documentation Advantages from Andrew Soosai How many times have you needed vital technical information to solve a problem, only to discover that the expert who held the knowledge has since moved on to another organization? Or perhaps you are planning a complex integration project. The proposal requires executive buy-in, as well as an understanding of all the pieces are and how to fit them together. Technical documentation is vital in these situations. Many organizations possess an impressive amount of knowledge stored in the brains of a dozen or so specialists. Without anything on paper, it is difficult to pull…

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What is Microsoft 365 Business and Who is it for?

Have you heard about Microsoft 365 Business? Well maybe, did you mean Office 365? Yes, but not exactly. Microsoft 365 Business (carefully note the wording) is actually a new offering that includes Office 365 and much more. It’s an all-in-one business technology bundle that makes it easier for small and mid-sized customers to benefit from Microsoft’s latest productivity, security and mobile technologies. With centrally managed devices and security, Microsoft 365 Business combines Windows 10, Office 365 and advanced security features in one package. It enables owners and managers to control access to apps and manage mobile devices and users without…

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Breaking down silos – tools for better communication and collaboration

Today’s workforce is spread across more locations than ever before: 37 percent of workers telecommuted to some degree in 2015. Companies occupy multiple locations, and business partnerships span the globe. In addition to physical separation, teams in the same company are separated by projects and departments. These barriers unfortunately lead to communication silos, furthering separation and limiting teamwork and collaboration. The right collaboration tools can help reduce barriers to communication, provide better access to resources and help teams be more productive. Silos can have a significant (and detrimental) effect on your business. They create barriers between teams, often disrupting communications across your…

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