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December 2010

Small and midsize businesses face many challenges in today’s economic climate. Deciding whether to wait out the tough times and invest in resources when the climate is sunnier or to invest now to save money down the road is the business leader’s “chicken or the egg” dilemma.

Features

Businesses find benefits in building wireless networks to keep employees working while on the go.

Many SMBs are wary of the PCI compliance process, but meeting the credit card transaction security standard is a best practice they can't afford to ignore.

On a 55-acre farm outside High Point, N.C., Wohlgemuth, who was born in North Carolina not long after his family emigrated from Switzerland, has built an ever-expanding “agra-entertainment” business known as Kersey Valley.

Transportation company Strive Logistics increases shipping efficiency with the help of Microsoft's BizTalk Server.

Departments

Many applications demand horsepower beyond what the typical PC can provide. Unfortunately, most workstations — the high-end units required for applications such as computer-aided design, 3D rendering and imaging, among others — are too big to fit on or under a crowded desktop.

Just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, a network is only as secure as its most vulnerable node. Given the increasing prevalence of teleworking in businesses of all types, it’s hardly surprising that corporate IT departments are now broadening their responsibilities to include the securing of company employees’ home networks. This often includes providing them with wireless broadband routers.

It’s no secret that IT departments do a lot more than just fix computers and answer questions. Somewhere amidst the hustle and bustle of day-to-day support, IT departments are expected to keep deployments, upgrades and refreshes moving forward. This can be done well, of course, only if the IT team has a complete picture of what needs to be deployed, upgraded and refreshed.

Effective asset management is key to the success of such efforts. The following five technologies can keep your asset management — and your company — on track.

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