BT SME Month

Small and medium-sized businesses are the engine room of the UK economy, accounting for more than half the UK's annual turnover.

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Small and medium-sized businesses are the engine room of the UK economy, accounting for more than half the UK's annual turnover. Each week we will highlight the key technology issues and challenges facing the sector.

 

 

Business leaders should speculate to accumulate

Businesses that use technology innovatively realise significant gains according to Liz Grant, director of e-policy at the government's UK Online for business.

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Half of SMEs have no IT strategy

In the first part of our exclusive research into how small and medium-sized enterprises view and use technology. Helen Beckett examines how many have an IT strategy.

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How to get more from your server

How can smaller firms improve on server performance without compromising on budget or office space? The answer, according to accountants French Duncan, is free open-source software and virtual servers.

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Efficency aims boost IT spend

In the second of our reports on exclusive research into how small and medium-sized enterprises view and use technology, Helen Beckett examines what is driving adoption of IT by SMEs.

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Experience counts in IT procurement

Lawyer Michael Bywell explains the pitfalls to avoid when investing in new technology.

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SMEs buckle under spam and virus deluge

Many small businesses lack the experience to contend with the onslaught of technology, says Peter Scargill.

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What's in IT for you?

Mobile computing can make it easier for the smaller company to do business. But make sure you get the technology that is right for you, writes Antony Savvas.

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Scalability is key to growth

What factors should you consider when choosing a system to help your smaller organisation grow quickly? For Newcross Nursing the answer was to find a scalable approach at the outset. Liz Warren reports.

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New ideas spark SME imagination

Helen Beckett examines how SMEs respond to emerging technologies in our third report on exclusive research into how small and medium-sized enterprises view and use technology.

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You can't duck responsibility for your data

Lawyer Usha Jagessar explains your duties and liabilities under the Data Protection Act.

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Apply common sense to reduce IT costs

Gartner offers advice on how SMEs can make better use of their IT resources.

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Jump on to the broadband wagon

Broadband brings faster internet links but smaller firms can also benefit from having an always-on connection or the advantages and rmote access to applications, writes Ross Bentley.

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Is an e-mail in the handheld worth two in the pipeline?

Clever gadgets are no good for keeping in touch with a mobile workforce unless you have clever software to make sure you can get the best out of them. Liz Warren reports on how a software publishing company got to grips with its handheld devices.

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Insecurities about security

In our final analysis of exclusive research into how small and medium-sized enterprises view and use technology Helen Beckett looks at how they respond to threats, both real and imagined, from viruses and hackers.

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Unlock intellectual property potential

Lawyer Mathilde Heaton explains how to exploit your intellectual property rights

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Public sector deals will benefit from small firms' input

The Office of Government Commerce is urging SMEs to use the internet to win government contracts, says Suzy Fenn

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Waiting for XML to come of age

XML and web services are promising technologies that could revolutionise small business interactions - but approach them with caution, warns Danny Bradbury

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Good basics get you growing

The key to healthy plant growth is in the roots. Hayes Garden World found that rooting its business in a strong accounts system helped it to expand. Liz Warren reports

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