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How to Measure the ROI of Your Small Business’s Cloud Workflows

What would you do with an extra 20 percent in annual profits? For many small businesses, gains like that are the difference between surviving and thriving. Yet, what if we told you the cloud could deliver a significant return on investment and you just didn’t have the visibility to see it? Chances are, as a […]

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How to Do a Cloud Cybersecurity Checkup for Your SMB in 2024: Benefits, Checklists, Requirements, and More

Each year, you likely visit your physician for an annual physical to make sure your health is intact or conditions are manageable. Much like your own health, your small or medium business’s (SMB) IT status should also be regularly evaluated. Regular security checkups are vital to identify issues, protect sensitive data, enable compliance, maintain business […]

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Should My SMB Build or Buy its Own CRM? Pros, Cons, and Practical Use Cases

Did you know that according to, 83 percent of small businesses reported a positive return on investment after adopting customer relationship management (CRM) software, with an impressive 87 percent emphasizing the “very important” role it plays in their company’s management? According to the same study, nearly 90 percent of businesses using CRM view it […]

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Six Questions SMBs Should Ask When Planning IT Costs in 2024

Imagine diligently managing your IT budget for the year ahead only to be blindsided by unexpected costs. It could be something as small as an extra software license request or as large as an urgent cybersecurity upgrade. As every small or medium business (SMB) knows, every dollar must be spent strategically to maximize growth and […]

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How Small and Medium Businesses Can Get Started with Artificial Intelligence

In a world where machines not only think but also learn and make decisions, the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has rapidly transformed from science fiction to reality. AI is a field of computing that focuses on granting technology the ability to replicate human-level intelligence. Attaining intelligence is dependent on the process of learning, which, […]


Securing Your SMB: Benefits of Strong Cybersecurity Measures

Cybersecurity is essential for every business—full stop. As a small or medium business (SMB) you might believe cyber incidents are only concerns for global enterprises, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. According to Security Magazine over half of SMBs have experienced a breach—a third of which were in the past 12 months. But […]

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Build a Strong Foundation in the Cloud to Help Your Small or Medium Business Grow

People often admire and pay attention to tall and shining skyscrapers. One thing in common among all these skyscrapers is that they each have a deep and solid foundation as the first building block of their construction. Without it, the building would be susceptible to movement, shifting, or even collapsing. It is a similar situation […]

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How to Make the Case for Application Modernization to Non-Technical Business Leaders

How can you use technology to overcome the biggest hurdles in the way of innovating your business? In today’s complex economic environment, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are navigating through myriad challenges—rising inflation, unpredictable supply chains, and tight labor markets, to name a few. According to the Gartner 2023 CIO and Technology Executive Agenda: A […]