Computers and software have always been sold and acquired with the idea they can boost productivity and make workers more efficient and responsive to customer demands. Over the past several years, many companies have also expanded their use of mobile computing tools and wireless infrastructures to extend computing resources out to a mobile workforce and direct to customers and suppliers
As the world economy struggles to bounce back from a devastating recession, however, technology will play a key role in accelerating business activities and make better use of resources that are already cut to the bone in an effort to save costs and survive this economic storm. In fact, information technology in general is expected to create 5.8 million jobs and 75,000 new businesses over the next few years, according to a study commissioned by Microsoft Corp. and released last year by International Data Corp. The study was designed to take the pulse of the global economy by taking a critical look at the business climates in 52 different countries that together account for 98% of global IT expenditures.
Closer to home, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has been keeping an eye on small- to mid-size business activities in the U.S. and working with major tech vendors and developers to find ways to use technology as a spark to ignite new ventures and spur growth. Earlier this year, for example, the SBA announced a partnership with Google to offer a range of online resources and training designed to help small businesses grow and be better positioned for the expected recovery. The initial result is the Tools for Online Success Web site that features tutorials, video testimonials, and tips other business executives on how to best leverage technology and search engine tools.
In an effort to recognize innovative businesses and provide a platform to learn by example\’, the SBA is presenting three days of events in Washington, D.C. as part of its Small Business Week agenda of activities that will recognize more than 100 outstanding business owners from across the country and present awards to outstanding individuals who are involved in such key areas disaster recovery, government procurement, and a range of small business sectors.
TechnologyGuide.com salutes this effort and joins in by presenting a series of articles, reviews and evaluations that all relate to innovation and business productivity.Its something we do every day throughout our Web sites as part of our charter to provide useful and relevant information to help our business and consumer readers make the right buying decisions.
Netbooks in Business: The latest fad or critical technology tools?
Netbook sales hit an all time high last year, although growth has slowed down significantly this year as consumers and business users re-evaluate the efficacy and true return on investment (ROI) of these lightweight and low-cost Web cruising devices. There is even some talk that netbooks may suffer from the tsunami of interest in tablet PCs created by the iPad and an expected slew of competitive successors.
Fad or not, netbooks have made some inroads into the business sector, finding their niche as second-string backups to more powerful notebooks and even as corporate-sanctioned alternatives to wireless smartphones. A lot of companies also see a healthy future for netbooks as the need for more mobile workers rises and Web-based applications and services make a thinner client device a more likely alternative, according got he results of a survey conducted by NotebookReview.com and sister-site SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com.
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