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Articles by Benjamin Tomkins
posted in July 2008
For modern business, the presentation has reached iconic status: we celebrate, debate, and decorate presentations -- elevate them to iconic status. Hyperbole? Perhaps, but how many contests do you see for spreadsheets or word processing? Flickering, projected images haunt our collective business conscious as we mouth the words "next slide" in unison. If you haven't thrown your latest, greatest presentation into the ring, you best hurry: the entry window for the World's Best Presentation Contest
The question is not if you should back up your business data, but how. There's no shortage of vendors out there trumpeting their solutions, be in tape or disk or hosted, as the best option for cost, ease of use, regulatory compliance or myriad other business needs. Sometimes the vendors even compete with themselves.
"If you're not growing, you're dying." This adage of the dot com boom has given way to business leaders scaling back budgets and feeling bullish about holding the line on spending and flat growth projections. Yet in the face of stasis, midsize business IT decision makers are cockeyed optimists with growing budgets, but small businesses are having none of it.
Though support for Windows XP will continue until 2014, Microsoft stopped shipping the OS last month. Redmond is wielding that stick in hopes of prodding users toward Vista, but there's also a carrot: free user support -- though it's a limited time offer.
Like its brethren also firmly established in the enterprise market, Microsoft has been putting more and more effort into developing "solutions" ostensibly designed for the time and resource constraints of small and midsize businesses.
One study says small business confidence is sagging. Another says smaller businesses are frantically cutting costs. So why are small businesses hiring?
Right now, the economic outlook is bleak -- gas prices are up, the stock market is down, and on it goes. But how are smaller businesses responding in the face of discouraging forecasts and tightening resources? On the one hand, cost cutting is the mantra, telecommuting is up, travel is down, but then again, IT spending is at record levels.