Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are typically defined as having up to 250 employees, and can be subdivided into 'micro' (0-9), 'small' (10-49) and 'medium' (50-249) sizes. Whichever way you cut the numbers, SMEs cover a multitude of business categories, are qualitatively as well as quantitatively different from large publicly quoted enterprises (although departments in some large enterprises may have SME-like features) and are extremely numerous. SMEs form the bedrock of the private sector in most economies, and so the effectiveness with which they implement IT becomes an important issue — not only to the SMEs themselves, but also to the many hardware, software and services vendors seeking to exploit this potentially lucrative market. Because they're such a heterogeneous bunch, SMEs will inevitably exhibit a diversity of approaches to IT deployment, ranging from neo-Luddism to untrammelled enthusiasm for the cutting edge. However, it's arguable that, because SMEs … [Read more...] about IT innovation for small businesses: An overview
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Two years after Microsoft delivered Windows 8, there are still relatively few Metro-Style custom line-of-business applications available. Microsoft's onerous requirements for sideloading Windows Store/Metro-Style apps is one of the reasons for the dearth. Sideloading is the way companies can deploy custom business Metro-Style apps to their users without going through the Windows Store. The costs and licensing terms have deterred a number of businesses from even thinking about building "modern" line-of-business apps for Windows 8. But during Microsoft's Build 2014 conference, company officials addressed some of those limitations. Magenic Chief Technology Officer Rockford Lhotka and a handful of others have been vocal critics of Microsoft's Windows 8 app sideloading policies. Some inside Microsoft itself have tired of the lack of progress on the sideloading front and attempted to circumvent the limitations with their own projects. It seems Microsoft is ready to address at least … [Read more...] about Microsoft takes steps to improve its Windows 8 business-app story
Vocus Communications has announced raising AU$152 million through a retail entitlement offer and AU$76.5 million through a retail shortfall bookbuild in order to assist its acquisition of Nextgen Networks for AU$700 million, along with the North West Cable System (NWCS) for AU$134 million and the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) project for AU$27 million. Vocus on Thursday afternoon announced the results of its retail entitlement offer, with just 68 percent of available offers taken up, and on Friday morning revealed that the 9 million shares not taken up under the offer were then sold overnight in its shortfall bookbuild. The 20 million shares taken up under the 1 for 8.9 accelerated, renounceable retail entitlement offer were priced at AU$7.55 per share, while those under the bookbuild were offered at AU$8.50 per share. Consequently, eligible retail shareholders are to be paid the retail premium of AU$0.95 in cash for each of their retail entitlements sold in the shortfall bookbuild … [Read more...] about Vocus raises AU$228.5m through retail offer for Nextgen Networks acquisition
Andrew Sorensen got a degree in classical music in 2013, but he didn't want to perform or teach. After finishing college, he tried his hand at sales and worked for a while at a Bellevue, Wash., car dealership, where he sold Audis, many to software engineers. Today, Sorensen is one of those software engineers, thanks to three intense months at a local coding school, Coding Dojo. The training landed him an entry-level job at Expedia where the 26-year-old makes around $70,000 a year, which is more than he made selling cars. Now he can pay off the $12,500 his mom loaned him to go to the school, and he can start saving so he can move out — and one day buy his own Audi. "It was definitely one of the best decisions I've made," Sorensen says. "My career is set." Nonstop demand for software developers and other IT professionals is leading to boom times for coding schools and boot camps, with career-changers like Sorensen signing up in droves. If one word characterizes coding schools in … [Read more...] about Is a coding boot camp right for you?
Hitting the road in search of the perfect set of collectible furniture is about to be a thing of the past now that a thoroughly vetted team of antique and modernism dealers has launched an innovative new online marketplace. Called Decaso, as in the Decorative Arts Society, this new avenue for hunting down antiques is a pet project from the peer-to-peer design marketplace company Chairish — a business that already deals in vintage furniture and decor. Officially launched online on Tuesday, Decaso hopes to be the go-to modernist and antique source for interior designers and collectors.Upon its launch, Decaso already boasts an astounding 25,000 item product lineup from a selling community of 500 different dealers based in the United States. Not only does the site offer interested buyers the opportunity to easily search its available inventory, but it also quickly connects them with the dealers, allowing for easy and open communication. Decaso says it only plans … [Read more...] about Dust not included: Decaso is your new online destination for luxury antiques
When Steven Peabody chose the University of Phoenix for his bachelor's in business and information systems management in 2001 and his MBA in technology management in 2008, he knew he was paying a lot extra to take classes on his own schedule and finish his degrees as quickly as possible.Some $54,000 in debt later, he's pleased with the education but not so much with the loans, especially since losing his job as a project manager in December 2008. He now runs a small IT services company and teaching at a private college. "If I could go back in time," he might have decided to "sacrifice my time over my wallet" by attending a less expensive, but less convenient not-for-profit school.[ Hone your IT skills with InfoWorld's series of Deep Dive PDF reports, which cover HTML5, virtualization, mobile security, Windows 7, cloud computing, storage, security, and a lot more. | Then get the deep insights into key business tech products from the experts at the InfoWorld Test Center. ]For-profit … [Read more...] about For-Profit Tech Colleges: Can Employers Trust Them?
When IT executives make the strategic decision to implement VoIP and other converged applications, cost savings is one of the key drivers.But is VoIP really a money saver? Based on a Nemertes Research survey of 90 IT executives, the answer is yes - over time. In other words, steep start-up costs will be offset in the long run by significant savings.One of the key findings in this year's study is that companies are spending more time and money on planning, installation and troubleshooting, compared with last year.The reason is that VoIP increasingly is being deployed as part of a strategic, enterprisewide convergence project, rather than as a pilot project or a technology deployed in a limited setting, such as a branch office or contact center.Another important finding of the study is that VoIP equipment generally costs about the same as TDM gear, with the exception of handsets.Since 2004, the amount of time spent planning a VoIP rollout has quadrupled. This is where participants spend … [Read more...] about The business case for VoIP
Provided by Take a look at what META Group is saying on integration and development strategies research trends for 2003/2004.1. Through 2004+, development environments will transition to integrated life-cycle and development environments (ILDEs) as life-cycle features are incorporated: modeling, testing, version, and change control by 2003/04; project portfolio management by 2006; and integrated process by 2007. Through 2005/06, ILDEs will become more tightly integrated with application servers, resulting in consolidation of the development tool market.2. By 2004, Web services technology and service-oriented architectures will promote construction of reusable components. Through 2005/06, the complexity of componentised, distributed applications will spur creation and adoption of pattern-driven development frameworks. By 2007, model-driven approaches will represent a significant minority of development efforts.3. During 2003/04, .Net will gain market share and acceptance as a … [Read more...] about Top 14 development integration trends for 2004
When you tell people you're a professional artist, they might immediately think of the old "starving artist" adage, and believe you'll always struggle to find work and make ends meet. Fortunately, those cliches don't hold true, especially with some growing opportunities in the gig economy. Here are 11 examples of ways to succeed as an entrepreneurial artist. The rise of 3D printers has brought with it an entirely new class of artists. If you have knowledge of Computer Aided Design (CAD), you can create your own designs and figurines, then bring them to life on a 3D printer. 3D printing artisans sell their goods on online marketplaces like Etsy, at physical fleamarkets and even in their own storefronts and galleries.The power of technology is opening up new ways for people to express themselves, and with it new ways to monetize their art. Whether you recreate fan favorite cartoons or come up with unique designs all your own, 3D … [Read more...] about 11 Business Ideas for Artists