A unified communications solution provides the tools to work from anywhere on any device
Whether telecommuting is a privilege for your employees or a necessity for your small business, chances are good that at least a couple people in your company work from home or while on the road. Many small companies enable telecommuting via a virtual private network (VPN), which is a good first step in giving employees remote access to business resources on your network. But for folks to be as productive away from the office as they are in the office, they need additional collaboration tools provided by unified communications (UC). If you’ve built the right network for your business—one that supports your existing needs and future applications—you can more easily add UC to further untether your mobile employees. Read More »
Tags: small business, UC, unified communications, Voice
Clearly defined goals and the right tools help ensure communication success
In a small company, keeping the lines of communication open with your employees might seem like a no-brainer. But if some or all of your team works remotely—in a branch office, on the road, or at home—staying in touch can seem like a full-time job. It doesn’t have to be. With the right tools and attitude, remote employees can stay productive and in touch with each other and their clients.
Here are five tips to improve communications with mobile workers:
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Tags: communication, mobile workers, remote, small business
Taking a strategic approach to your network will support your business today and in the future
Did you know that in 2009, more data was created than in all prior years combined? That 60 percent of employees believe they don’t need to be in the office to be productive and efficient? And, that by 2015, companies will generate 50 percent of web sales via their presence in social media and mobile devices?
At the rate in which data is growing, technology is advancing, and devices are proliferating; you don’t want to trust your business to a network that’s just “good enough.” Taking a strategic approach to your network makes good business sense.
The right network is one that’s configured to fit your company’s needs, supports your business goals, and has the potential to transform the way you do business. The right network not only empowers the applications and services you’re using today but also those you’re likely to implement in the future—from reliable, secure connectivity for an expanding mobile workforce, to adopting cloud services.
Other benefits of having the right network for your business include:
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Tags: Cisco, networking, right network, small business
Guest post from our friends at SCORE
W. Kenneth Yancey, Jr., CEO
Ken Yancey is responsible for developing SCORE’s business plan and vision as well as coordinating national program efforts and all the association’s management operations. He also directs the efforts of the headquarters staff to serve and support the 370 chapters across the country. Prior to joining SCORE in 1993, Ken was Executive Director at the National Business Association. A graduate of Texas A&M University (BBA/Finance), Ken is a recipient of the USA Freedom Corp Award of Excellence, the ASAE Summit Award, and the BSA Goose Creek District Award of Merit.
Do you think your small business could run more efficiently? Maybe you haven’t found the right technology tools yet to streamline your business processes. Local technology events geared toward small businesses are a great resource for small business owners, providing education, training and networking with technology experts in one location. And many of these events, including SCORE workshops, are free!
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Ready to get connected? These resources can help you choose the right switch for your network
Whether you’re building a network from scratch for your new small business or you’re looking to expand your network to accommodate a growing business, finding the right switch is key. Switches are the backbone of any small business network. Without them, you couldn’t connect your employees to the resources they need to do their jobs, like servers, printers, laptops, and storage devices.
With types like managed, unmanaged, smart, and stackable, it can be hard to know which switch to choose. Everything from how many to which kinds of devices you plan to connect will impact your decision. In this second installment of our Technology Roundup series, we offer some help in understanding the differences and determining which switches are right for your small business.
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Tags: small business, switches