Top 5 Trends for Small and Medium Businesses

Where to go in 2012I was reading some forecast reports by IBM about Small and Medium Business (SMB) trends for 2012, and it’s reassuring to finally see an agreeable roadmap. In fact, here at TOAST.net we’ve been saying a lot of the same things as IBM for a few years now. SMB’s have under-invested in technology over the last 3-4 years, and in doing so have lost a lot of the edge needed to compete. Technology generates efficiency, which in turn lowers costs. Things that were preventing SMBs from expanding their technology base have been expense and the economy — understandable factors. However, 4 years ago nobody could have predicted the huge drop in tech costs due to cloud technology. It’s an exciting time for SMB owners because new advancements are allowing them to outmaneuver larger corporations and bring a competitive edge back to the marketplace. Here’s the top 5 areas SMBs should be focusing on for 2012 to stay ahead of the game: Continue reading “Top 5 Trends for Small and Medium Businesses”

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Microsoft Office Faces New Competition with Google Cloud Connect

 


To the Cloud!

Google has released Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, which allows users to save and convert their MS Office documents into Google Docs.  A free software plug-in attaches to MS Office apps and allows seamless conversion, sharing, and saving to Google’s Docs storage.  The reason this tool has Microsoft raising its eyebrows is it’s the first serious contender that could convince the corporate world to move away from Microsoft’s cash cow.  Do they have reason to worry? Continue reading “Microsoft Office Faces New Competition with Google Cloud Connect”