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What mobile working can bring to every small business

Sponsored article This article is sponsored by EE. We can all recognise the enormous benefits going mobile can bring to a business. It means staff can be more efficient and responsive because they are more readily available and can work on the move. A small business can not only compete more easily with larger competitors but also appear bigger …
David Gordon, 07 Oct 2014
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WD reveals NASty new boxes for home and small biz use

WD has updated its My Cloud NAS products, adding more oomph for prosumers and two boxes for small-business-filing fanatic users. WD estimates we should expect 3.3TB of data storage in every home by 2016, and NAS is the way we should store files in homes and small businesses. WD claims its Red drive has the greatest drive share …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2015

Think ahead when bringing mobiles into your small business

Sponsored article This article is sponsored by EE. When a business, no matter how small, works out its mobile strategy, it is important for it to pay due attention to what the future might hold. It is no good making an investment in mobile technology and then equipping staff with devices that will no longer do the job in 18 months’ time. …
David Gordon, 15 Oct 2014
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CREEPS rejoice: Small biz Cisco phones open to eavesdrop 0-day

Creeps can listen in to conversations placed over vulnerable Cisco small business phones. Remote eavesdropping requires a crafted XML request be sent to the Borg's SPA 300 and 500 IP phones. Cisco warns version 7.5.5 of the software powering the phones is vulnerable, possibly along with more recent iterations. "An …
Darren Pauli, 23 Mar 2015
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Even small businesses need control over their mobile devices

Sponsored article This article is sponsored by EE No matter how small your business, the chances are that smartphones, tablets, laptops and the like, whether owned by employees or the company, are an essential component of working life. They enable staff to respond quickly to questions and address problems at any time, wherever they are. A …
David Gordon, 04 Oct 2014

Price cuts, new features coming for Office 365 small biz customers

Microsoft is still keen to shift its perpetual-license Office customers over to the Office 365 subscription model, and to that end it's planning a shakeup of its Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses to offer customers more value and greater flexibility. Beginning on October 1, Redmond will launch three new Office …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jul 2014
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Small businesses discover the power of mobile apps

Sponsored article This article is sponsored by EE. Using your smartphone is about so much more than making a call. We can probably all remember the news reports a couple of years ago that said making a phone call is only the fifth most popular use for mobile phones. We are more likely to be using them to browse the internet, monitor social media …
David Gordon, 09 Oct 2014
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Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server

Sysadmin blog Small Business Server from Microsoft is "going off the air." With Dell's announcement of unavailability access to the last remaining copies will prove ever more scarce. If you are a managed service provider that specializes in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) I recommend you shake down your suppliers and build up …
Trevor Pott, 11 Jul 2013

Thought your household broadband was pants? Small biz has it worse

Smaller businesses tend to be worse off for broadband connections than average users, particularly in urban areas, according to an official report on the UK's digital infrastructure. Market regulator Ofcom said that its 2014 report underlined the importance of its new programme of work for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), …
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Dec 2014

EE wireless keeps small businesses on the move

Sponsored article This article is sponsored by EE. Wireless connectivity has changed beyond all recognition in the last few years. Today you can access the internet wirelessly just about anywhere above the ground – and in an ever increasing number of places below ground too, it seems. We are seeing broadband on the move match the sophistication …
David Gordon, 10 Oct 2014
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UK.gov warned: Small biz bods 'blunted' by broadband bumbling

Small businesses in Britain are missing out on the government's £1.2bn taxpayer-funded broadband deployment project, a lobby group warned today. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) complained in a report titled The fourth utility (PDF) published this morning that 45,000 companies in the UK remained stuck using dial-up …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jul 2014

NASA's 2015 budget plea: Jobs, pork, small business – OK, science

NASA would receive $17.46bn as its share of the Obama administration proposed budget for fiscal 2015, released on Tuesday, down from the $17.65bn it's receiving this year, but healthily up from the $16.87bn it managed to scratch out in sequester-squeezed 2013. That is, if NASA can convince members of Congress that it would be in …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Mar 2014

Small-biz bosses: Want staff plans from Obama Care site? See ya in 2014!

The beleaguered US HealthCare.gov portal has been dealt yet another setback: small-business owners will not be able to use the medical insurance marketplace to buy plans for staff for another year. Known as the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), the service was supposed to be used by small companies with fewer than 50 …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2013
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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

Sysadmin blog In response to a previous article, a number of readers have submitted their views on essential systems administration tools. A few responses stand out from the rest. Michael Wilkinson rightly rebukes me for not including hardware tools in the discussion, with the BOFH's signature cattleprod being first to mind. Malle-herbert …
Trevor Pott, 28 May 2014
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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

TechEd Australia While Microsoft is happy with the “appification” of Windows, and prepares to go-live with Windows 8.1 on October 18, it's created a gap between present and future that could be a stumbling block for a bunch of small ISVs. The kind of company that lives between the consumer and the enterprise will still be able to create and ship …

Vulnerability leaves Cisco small biz routers wide open to attack

A number of Cisco networking products for small businesses contain critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to gain root access to the equipment, the networking giant has warned. The affected products include the WAP4410N Wireless-N Access Point, the WRVS4400N Wireless-N Gigabit Security Router, and the RVS4000 4-port …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jan 2014

Enterprise storage vendors cosy up to small businesses

The storage landscape is changing. The storage products and skills needed for a small firm have so far been very different from those needed in large enterprises. Yet we now have some storage vendors delivering enterprise-class products aimed at workgroups, while some enterprise buyers choose mid-range products to save money. …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2014
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HP: we had portfolio gaps in entry level servers

HP GPC 2015 A competitive bite is something HP has confessed to lacking in the small biz server arena of late but has coughed a couple of entry level boxes, and is tweaking the channel’s financial plumbing. The two ProLiant tower servers, the ML10 v2 and ML110 are priced at $300 and $1000 respectively, with the first aimed at very small …
Paul Kunert, 17 Mar 2015

Soz SMEs, we're not interested in your direct biz

Small biz suppliers received no more love from government procurement departments last year, with direct spend dipping by 0.1 per cent compared with 2012/13 to £4.5bn. Over the last two years, direct spend rose by just 0.3 per cent, according to government figures. In 2010 the government set a target for 25 per cent of all its …
Kat Hall, 25 Feb 2015
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UK brings in small-claims court for intellectual property

Small-biz bosses in England and Wales will find it easier and cheaper to protect their intellectual property from today. That's the promise by Blighty's business minister Michael Fallon, who yesterday launched a new way to use the Patents County Court (PCC) to settle small claims of up to £5,000 without getting expensive …
Anna Leach, 02 Oct 2012
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HP offers enterprise fatness to small biz bods in bulked-up sales push

HP's latest MSA 2040 array is one of those cases where midrange enterprise array features have trickled down to an SMB-class product, the MSA being HP's entry-level drive array range. Meg Whitman's company is also boosting its channel programmes to get resellers selling faster to small and medium-sized businesses. In detail the …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2013

8 in 10 small UK firms hacked last year - at £65k a pop: Report

Infosec 2013 Over 80 per cent of small businesses in the UK suffered a computer security breach last year, according to new government research. And the proportion of large firms that reported attacks has reached a whopping 93 per cent. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' 2013 hacking survey found that 87 per cent of small …
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2013
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The target: 25% of UK gov IT from small biz... The reality: Not even close

The UK government is way off its target of sourcing a quarter of its IT gear and services from small businesses by 2015. That's according to a report out this month by Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that criticises the government's ICT strategy. The panel, chaired by Labour backbencher Margaret Hodge, interviewed …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2013
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Azzurri waves bye-bye to more directors

Azzurri Communication is on the hunt for an ops director following the departure of David Du Toit, who we are told has returned to his native South Africa to embrace the joys of retirement. Du Toit pitched his tent at the south coast-based integrator in September 2012, brought in by former CEO Vim Vithaldas, who was himself …
Paul Kunert, 11 Feb 2015
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Chancellor lands paper cuts on Blighty's small biz

Budget Day 2012 George Osborne has promised small businesses that their tax returns in 2012 will be simpler. The admin-slash is one of several measures in today's Budget speech intended to make things easier for small and medium businesses. The new return will simply ask businesses to report the cash passing through them rather than more …
Anna Leach, 21 Mar 2012

Herjavec Group swallows Brit security services minnow Sysec

Candadian managed security services biz Herjavec Group has crossed the pond to hoover up Brit minnow Sysec, a specialist boutique that ploughs its furrow in the same field. The buy forms part of Herjavec’s three-year $250m “expansion plan” - it is more than half way there but may need to make a few more buys to get there given …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2015
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Virtualization for small business: Where's the pay-off?

Webcast Does Virtualization pay off for small business? Small and medium-sized businesses are virtualizing their servers, but at a much slower rate than larger enterprises. Some are put off by the high licensing costs, some can't spare the time to do it, some don't know how to. If you're in one of these categories, join us on November …
Phil Mitchell, 09 Nov 2010
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Microsoft finally rolls out small biz badge for resellers

Microsoft's small biz competency will be rolled out in June – almost two years after the revamped Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) hit the channel. The scheme will replace the Small Business Specialist Competency (SBSC) in a bid to underpin sales of software delivered via both on- and off-premise models. Julie Bennani, general …
Paul Kunert, 05 Mar 2012
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UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares

Business secretary Vince Cable has announced a £4m fund to help small businesses fight cyber crime. This has not gone down well with the infosec world. Security experts have said a bigger slice of the UK's £860m cyber security budget ought to be allocated to tackling security problems at the SME level to have any realistic …
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2014
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Barclays punts instant Twitter mobile payments app – best avoid while drunk

UK banking giant Barclays has confirmed plans to allow Brits and small businesses to use their, er, Twitter handle to make payments online. Customers who use Barclays' mobile payment service Pingit on Android phones and iOS slabs will be able to pay others via Twitter as of 10 March, the bank said. Barclays mobe banking boss …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Feb 2015
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Sage 'satisfied' as squeezed small biz still puts out

Sage the British software juggernaut said that its trading results had held up since 1 October, despite the strain on its core customer base in small businesses. In an interim manager's statement CEO Guy Berruyer described Sage's performance in the past three months as "satisfactory": “In the context of a macro-economic …
Anna Leach, 24 Jan 2012
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MS offers Security Essentials to small business

Microsoft is extending the availability of its freebie Microsoft Security Essentials to small businesses from early next month. The application - which provides protection against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software - was launched as a basic scanner available to consumers at no charge last September. From October, …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2010
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UK.gov prompt payment promise is POPPYCOCK - NAO

Government is falling short in its commitment to settle debts with SME suppliers inside 30 days, putting some cash-strapped firms at risk of making redundancies. A report by the National Audit Office revealed central government spends £40bn a year on goods and services, of which about £4.5bn is spent directly with SMEs. An …
Kat Hall, 08 Jan 2015
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When cash is King, mobile money means economic freedom

Last month, flipping through the pages of the Daily Nation - Kenya’s tabloid newspaper of crime, politics and corruption - I came across the story of a police officer undone by his mobile. It seems this officer - who earned the equivalent of a few hundred dollars a year - saw many times that amount pass through his hands on a …
Mark Pesce, 26 Mar 2015
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Forget Dropbox, here's Drobo-box: Small-biz array meets Barracuda cloud

Security appliance maker Barracuda Networks has agreed to marry its online file-sharing service to storage biz Drobo's box of hard drives called 5N. People can upload and download files to and from Barracuda's Copy cloud, and share their data between desktop computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android devices and Microsoft's …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2013
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Crackdown on eBay sellers 'failing to display' VAT numbers

Blighty's Trading Standards has reported more than 200 non-EU sellers to eBay for failing to display VAT numbers – a figure thought to "barely scratch the surface" of traders breaching the rules, El Reg can reveal. Under e-commerce regulations, a VAT number must be easily, directly and permanently accessible. As an intermediary …
Kat Hall, 02 Feb 2015
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Telstra cozies up to small end of town

Telstra is investing AUD$600 million over the next five years to upgrade its network for the delivery of advanced business services. The carrier commissioned a study by IDC into the small business sector which found that the move to digital services in the sector was being held back by outdated technology. Telstra CEO David …

Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook

Microsoft on Monday began rolling out its promised social-networking features for Office 365, in the form of a product it has freshly dubbed Office Delve. The tech, which was first unveiled at Redmond's SharePoint conference in March under the codename "Project Oslo," aims to present Office 365 users with the information that's …
Neil McAllister, 08 Sep 2014
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Sage looking to mind Mind Your Own Business' business

Geordie accountancy specialist Sage is in the race to buy Australian firm MYOB (from Mind Your Own Business) which offers similar services down under. The deal could close for as much as A$1bn (£637m) according to sources quoted by Reuters. MYOB has been in business for over 20 years and claims a million Aussie and Kiwi …
John Oates, 16 Aug 2011
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Small business denounces extra red tape

The British Chambers of Commerce has warned that changes to paternity leave and retirement rights introduced this week will damage the start of the UK recovery. From yesterday British men will get up to six months paternity leave, if their partners return to work early. And from Wednesday the default retirement age is retired. …
John Oates, 04 Apr 2011
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Information Technology Supplier Advocate job abolished

Australia has abolished its Information Technology Supplier Advocate, a Canberra-based role designed to help small biz jump through the hoops of government contracting. The incumbent, Don Easter, finishes work next Monday. The position of Information Technology Supplier Advocate was created in 2010 when, as Labor Senator Kate …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2014

Zero-day hits Symantec endpoint products

Get patching, sysadmins, there's a zero-day in Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP). This US-CERT advisory is alerting anyone who ignored Symatec's note about the issue. CVE-2014-3434 is a local access vulnerability with a public exploit. A client buffer overflow can cause a blue-screen-of-death on the client, which could also …
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Linux chaps want to recycle your mobe as a supercomputer

A Finnish group of phone developers, hoping to get the world interested in modular smartphones, has proposed a nifty idea for re-using their phone motherboards: turn them into clusters. The Linux-based Puzzlephone project wants to extend the life of smartphones by making more of the phone replaceable, on the premise that most of …
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O2 offers small biz small price support

O2 is offering its small business customers a variety of set-up and support services for mobile or other technology kit. Prices start at £6.83 per user per month. O2 reckons that more than half of small firms get staff to set up their own kit and some 65 per cent of companies have no professional tech support. Firms can also …
John Oates, 23 Oct 2009
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German server lockbox scores MEELLION dollar seed-smashing record

Cheers and laughter could be heard late last night through the walls of a small Hamburg office as staff celebrated an unlikely win; their punt to build a NSA-subverting server that encrypts everything a small business might do in the office had made bank with a record-breaking $US1 million in crowdfunding sourced in 89 mins. The …
Darren Pauli, 05 Jun 2014

Brandis and PwC silent on Xmas Eve metadata quiz

Neither the Attorney-General’s department nor PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will comment on why a questionnaire sent to carriers and internet service providers on Christmas Eve asked about the cost of storing metadata for either 12 or 36 months, rather than the 24 months suggested in draft legislation. As Vulture South reported …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jan 2015
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Cisco goes for small, small business

Cisco is increasing its small business focus with the launch of a new suite of products and certification for resellers going after small business customers. Select Certification is an entry point for Cisco resellers. After training and exams, resellers also get access to Easy Lease, Cisco's leasing programme, to provide small …
John Oates, 04 Apr 2007
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Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp

Defcon 22 Researchers have unveiled 15 zero day vulnerabilities in four home and small business routers as part of the SOHOpelessly Broken hacker competition in DEF CON this week. Four of the 10 routers offered for attack including the ASUS RT-AC66U; Netgear Centria WNDR4700; Belkin N900, and TRENDnet TEW-812DRU were fully compromised. …
Darren Pauli, 13 Aug 2014
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Drobo releases range-topping fatter, faster 12-bay bruiser

Drobo – the data robot company that almost two years ago merged with Connected Data – has updated its rack-mounted B1200i product, making it both fatter and faster. Drobos data storage robots are remarkably easy-to-use storage devices which you can self-populate with disks, and which protect data with a BeyondRAID scheme, said …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015

Would you buy a domain from Google? Industry weighs in on web giant's move

Earlier today, Google opened the doors to its Google Domains shop: its attempt to disrupt the internet domains market by going head-to-head with big daddy GoDaddy. The domain-name industry itself is meeting in Las Vegas at the NamesCon 2015 conference, so we asked a few attendees what they thought of the move. Richard Lau, …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jan 2015