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Tech trends: the year of the cloud

There's an awful lot of hype around about cloud computing, but so far very little take-up. Research by Optus shows that only four per cent of small businesses use cloud solutions in their business.

But experts say 2012 will be the year small businesses truly embrace this new technology model.

Rhys Evans from IT consultancy Thomas Duryea says one of the reasons why 2012 will be the year of the cloud for small businesses is because computer hardware increasingly comes with cloud-based applications installed. Read more: At The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Enterprise Mobile Apps: Let the Revolution Begin

In the same way that personal computers and the Internet revolutionized business in the 1980s and 1990s, Enterprise Mobility Applications (EMAs) powered by smart mobile devices and innovative networks will transform the way we work in the decade to come. This transformation has already started, and for CEOs and CIOs the stakes are high. Organizations that succeed with EMAs will achieve a competitive edge, while those that fail will risk obsolescence in a world of always-on, always-on-the-move business functionality. In Depth coverage at Industry Week.

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Yelp Overview: A Look at Deals, Reservations & Other Services

Yelp is one of the largest online local business search, review and recommendation service, which enables consumers to access ratings, and read reviews and opinions about local businesses like hotels, restaurants, salons, dentists and mechanics on their website. It competes primarily with other online business review services like Google Places, Yahoo Local, Angie’s List, CityLocal and Gumtree; display advertising players like Google, Yahoo, Facebook and AOL; and daily-deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. Great Speculations on Forbes.

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IBT's Tech & Trend Top 5 Business Apps for Android

Check out the list of top five business apps that are there in the market for long and rated as one of the best applications by the reviewers and the users. All these business apps are for Android 2 or above

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HP planning more 'business-oriented' cloud services

HP wants to include more business-focused features on a platform filled with more third-party apps and services. HP also plans to entice at least developers over to the platform with support and tools for the most common software languages (i.e. Ruby and Java, etc.). More Details at ZDNet.

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Advice From the Small Business Summit 2012 : Cloud Computing and Email Marketing

This year’s Small Business Summit 2012 had a good line-up of speakers from well known companies such as USA Today, Dell, Constant Contact and TripIT. There were many presentations which conveyed key pearls of wisdom to small businesses regarding cloud-based business apps as well as how to manage and promote a small business in today’s “Web 2.0″ world.

In Part One of a Two-Part series, Michelle Nachum shares some good advice about cloud-computing and email marketing from various speakers includ Small business guru, author and reporter for USA Today, Rhonda Abrams.

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SMBs Becoming Increasingly Reliant On Tablets, 4G Devices And Other Mobile Technologies

A recent 2012 AT&T Small Business Technology Poll revealed that 96% of small businesses use wireless technologies and approximately two out of three (63%) would be severely crippled without the use of wireless technology in their operations. Via Gaebler.

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YES, Small, Tech-Savvy Firms are Top U.S. Job Creators

In Reply to Wall Street Journal Article: Are Small, Tech-Savvy Firms Top U.S. Job Creators?

Small businesses that heavily use technology, from back-end software to social-media websites, are highly successful job 
creators, according to a research report released Wednesday from the Technology CEO Council.

The findings, culled from a variety of third-party studies on entrepreneurship, point to robust job growth at small tech-savvy enterprises.

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Small Business Gets Big Business Benefits from Cloud Computing

Cloud computing services are changing the face of modern businesses. Many small business owners have already taken the plunge and embraced the technology. In doing so, they are reaping rewards and benefits that are normally the preserve of large corporations. Read More on Small Business Cloud at Entrepreneur Resources.

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