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Cyber Security for Healthcare Practice From A-Z

Cyber Security is a major concern and a necessity for all businesses, regardless of their... read more

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Report reveals startling findings on brand risk, the rise of bots and ad fraud

Bad news for marketers of the world, bots are getting smarter and smarter on a daily basis and...read more

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9 Tips on How to Create an Online Store Without Spending a Fortune

Product? Check. Strategy? Check. Online store? Well… Thanks to the technological advancements, you... read more

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Erin Morris Director at Nice Marketing
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Great read for those just starting an online store. This is a great start for a possible series of articles, Erin.
Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
This is definitely a great 101 style onboarding to launching an online store. I also agree that video is very imporant, but the most important is a compelling narative.
Information technology

Code Club Australia looks to break its own record of kids coding with return of Moonhack

Nowadays kids are our future workforce. Armed with the newest technologies and the speed of...read more

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6 Foolproof Steps to Stop Wasting Money on Printing

Printing and printers can be a hassle, but it doesn't have to be with these tips. First, choose a... read more

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5 Stunning Tech Trends That Will Forever Alter The Future Of Business

The business world is in constant flux thanks to the exponential advancement of technology. If... read more

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Sharon Latour
Sharon LatourQueen Bee/CMO at Marketing Bee
Great points Peter, especially the relationship of Amazon and drones. I personally see videos and animation playing a larger part in business, both to communicate with their staff and to target customers.
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5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

Keep up with the latest news in Australian technology: some fantastic wi-fi and a case of severe...read more

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5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

If you're a tech business, you'd better listen up. Here are 5 huge things that are going on in the...read more

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Telecommunications, mobile and wireless

The Most Popular Mobile App Development Tips for Luring Users

These days businesses are thinking about strategies beyond creating the responsive design of their... read more

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Jack Wilson
Hey Martin, You have posted a great article regarding mobile app development. I would like to know if there are any references from where a newbie can start learning app development process. Your response would be appreciated.
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Be Content with your Website’s Content

In today’s digital savvy world, an online presence is key for your business. Your website is a... read more

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Tara Commerford Country Manager Australia & New Zealand at GoDaddy
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Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I really like, "Think about the who, not just the what"!
IT support and consulting

Handling IT Environment Management with Specialised Tools

Most businesses aim for top notch customer satisfaction by empowering over the competitors. It is... read more

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(SEO) Safety First - Why you should switch to HTTPS

​             In 2014, Google announced on its Webmaster Blog that it would be using HTTPS... read more

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How an emerging radiation technology could help brands identify consumers in future

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Melbourne Fashion Week: Using digital and insight to drive engagement and attendance

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Why Facebook is NOT a website.

One of the biggest frustrations I have when searching for a business online is finding a Facebook... read more

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George Grimekis CPAAccountant at Alpha Omega Accounting & Business Solutions
Great Perspective.
Application design and development

You interview as a recruiter is of utmost importance

As a new recruiter, we have had some really learning experiences which we are about to share with... read more

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With the advent of technology, the hiring process has become easy

Technology has changed everything and it is your absolute best buddy. But sometimes it creates... read more

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Lina Barfoot
Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Interesting point but I would definitely have to disagree with you, my experience with various career site has never been frustrating, I've found them very helpful. How would you change them, are they are in their current state? What do you think is missing?
Cloud computing

Why iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox Can’t Truly Protect Your Data

Today, most people understand cloud applications and cloud computing, but some still question the... read more

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Lina Barfoot
Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Interesting thought that cloud storage is not designed as aback-up, I think many people think of it exactly like that. It would be devastating to lose important data, especially for a business. Definitely something to think about!
Hardware and software

Securing data in a moderate budget

Just a few years ago, the volume of data produced worldwide exceeded 1 zetabytes. This is equal to... read more

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BYOD – Creating a Balance Between Flexibility and Safety

Personal mobile devices and external data access promotes flexibility and improves employee... read more

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Sam Shehzad
Sam ShehzadOwner at Local Web Design Consultant
Nice Article. http://www.localwebdesignconsultant.com.au/
Lina Barfoot
Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Very interesting article. So it seems that even BYOD might work well for many businesses it might also create a fair bit of pressure on employees? That is, if a work policy also relates to your own device.
Server, networking and security

Data protection: A game changer for businesses

Individuals and businesses of all sizes are witnessing an explosion in the volume of data they... read more

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Varun Chandwani
Varun ChandwaniWeb Developer at SavvySME
Useful information and data provided. Thanks
Sam Shehzad
Sam ShehzadOwner at Local Web Design Consultant
Informative article.Thanks for sharing it.
Hardware and software

Backup — Help When You Need It Most

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word backup? Generally the word... read more

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Rose OldChannel Business Manager at Acronis
Thank Jef, I think so too. To feel safe just set up an automatic schedule for your backup, so it can be done automatically.
Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Helpful article and very important topic. I'm personally a bit neurotic due to previously losing mounds of files and data from hard drives that died on me. I'm still not great at doing this task regularly but I tend to save my data to at least 1 cloud storage company (sometimes 2), have hard copies printed out and filed and also saved on a portable hard drive and/or thumb drive. It is definitely over-redundant but better than unrecoverable.
Cloud computing

Innovative Solutions: Securing and Storing with ‘Cloud’ Computing

As I mentioned in one of my first articles the assumption that cloud computing is less secure than... read more

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Gavin KeaneOwner at Cloud Made Simple
Hi Federica, Thank you for your comment. To answer your questions: No, every cloud provider offers different solutions. Some offer only one type, some a few options, but the great providers offer all options. Xero is a public cloud application. I hope this helps - Gavin
Federica Spooner
Do all cloud providers offer public, private and hybrid? Is this a common thing? E.g. Does Xero have this feature?
Cloud computing

Cloud Computing For Your Business

If you'd like to help improve this page, please contact support@savvysme.com.au  I  “…Back in... read more

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Innovative Solutions: 5 Signs your Business is ready for a Cloud Solution

Do you feel like your business is constantly running into technology barriers, your employees are... read more

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My Work Phone transforms personal smartphones into cloud-based work phones

Smartphone are improving and becoming more useful every day, and as so many people use phones for...read more

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Will individuals ever own their data?

The idea of privacy is relevant to businesses everywhere. Previously it was the domain of...read more

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Brad LyonsConsultant at SMS Fusion
Individuals will never own their own data. The simple reason for this is people are always giving away their information. The data industry is growing every year and is much larger than most people think. Some of the sources of data private companies use are government departments, social media and directly from the individual themselves. Controlling your own data in this day and age is impossible unless you know all the ways data is collected. For example, it is very easy for private companies to know what time you go to sleep and what time you wake up, what route you take to work and if you buy a coffee in the morning. Private companies can know who and when you call people, how often and even if you speed on the way to work or if you are stuck in traffic. The question is, what do they do with this data and are they using it to it's full potential! In most cases the answer is no. Governments also try this, for example Brisbane City council experimented with Bluetooth data collection. They wanted to send out speeding finds based on the speed a blue tooth device was travelling. This was deemed not possible at this stage as there are a number of variables that got in the way. However some government buildings will use your bluetooth to log if you are in the building or not, the reason is for safety. If there is a fire they will know who is still in the building and where. Private companies use bluetooth to sell you products. If walk past a shop you could receive a message promoting a sale. The data could be combined with search data so they can target the product. For example if you search the internet for a pair of red shoes, if you walk past a shop that has a pair of red shoes on sale you could get a message. There are so many ways to collect data, even if you don't post it all on social media. By simply doing a search on Google, visiting a website your data is being collected and you are being tracked. Look at Collusion for the firefox web browser, I believe it is now called Lightbeam. Google chrome also has a version of this. By installing that plugin you can see what companies are tracking your online movements. With lightbeam open, go to the amazon website or ebay and watch the number of private companies that monitor your online activity grow. So the concept of individuals owner their own data will never happen. Sure they may control some very small amounts of their own data if they are very, very careful however reality is, data is everywhere and there are more ways to collect it than there are to protect it. The question is, what are companies doing to protect our personal data and what rights to compensation do we have if that information is abused.
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Here's How Industries Are Marrying All of Us to Technology

Technology is increasingly integral to all business, large companies and SMEs. This article lays...read more

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Five Tips For Building a Mobile Website

If you are getting frustrated with people not using your website how you would like, then this... read more

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Lina Barfoot
Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Very good article! These tips are comprehensive yet simple enough to understand for someone like me, who has very little experience in building websites..
Cloud computing

Innovative solutions: What is Cloud Computing?

Let’s get back to basics and discuss what modern cloud computing is and what it can do for... read more

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Yee Trinh
Yee TrinhCofounder at SavvySME
Amazing piece Gavin. Great series too.
Steve Osborne
Steve Osbornedirector at Smarthinking
Well-written article Gavin, thank you.
Hardware and software

The Top 3 Tools You Should Use for Technical SEO Audits

Conducting an SEO audit is a great way to make sure your business is doing what it can to get...read more

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You Won’t Survive 2016 Without These 3 Must-Have SEO Tools

SEO will help your SME get noticed amongst other businesses, and there are tools that can assist...read more

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Application design and development

Innovative tools for SMEs: can you make reward programs a win-win?

Reward programs are ubiquitous these days; every retailer seems to have one. Increasingly we find... read more

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Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Thanks Jef! I agree, the idea of flexibility is key, especially for smaller businesses.
Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Well written article. I think creating a unique rewards program is key. Don't blindly copy your competition. Create a program tailored specifically to the needs of your business and customers. Be willing to experiment and try multiple combinations. You could try using physical punch cards, digital apps, email addresses, mobile numbers or perhaps even facial recognition (but don't be creepy). The point is you can recognize a repeat customer from many different but unique data points. Perhaps your customers favor flash sales (specific limited time periods) or a specific day of the week for a specific deal. Whatever your approach remember that it needs to be easy for the customer to participate, easy for your business to track and ideally fun for both of you.
Information technology

Analytics Software for Small Business: 20 Insights

Analytics are useless without analysis; this article gives insights that are highly applicable to...read more

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Top 5 myths of moving your business to "The Cloud"

Are you scared of making the switch to the cloud for your business? Has your previous research left... read more

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Lisa Ormenyessy
Lisa OrmenyessyBusiness Coach and Marketing Specialist at Straight Talk Group
Great Article Gavin. The beauty of point four is that it forces you to clean up your filing system too!
Lina Barfoot
Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Great article! One objection to cloud computing that I've hear often is that people think it will just be too difficult (which I don't think it would) move to cloud computing. I think for a lot of companies it's worthwhile even if it requires a little bit of extra work.
Information technology

SMEs urged to update Internet Explorer browsers before January 12

  If you’re still kicking it old school and running Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10,...read more

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