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15 Tips to Choose the Best CRM for Your SMB

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CRM (customer relationship management) includes all aspects of interactions that a company has with its customers. CRM software is highly scalable, customizable and is used to manage business contacts, clients, contract wins and sales leads. Buying CRM? Keep it Simple. What's the best way to buy CRM software for your business? Mat Brogie, COO of Repsly advised: Keep it simple! A really long feature list might seem appealing, but focus on how easy it is to use the features that are most important to your business. Most CRM implementations leave 70 percent or more of the features unused. In these cases, the long features list only clutters the user experience.  

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Enterprises Super Excited About IoT

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Corporations are pretty stoked about the Internet of Things, if a new survey by QuinStreet Enterprise is any indication. The survey of QuinStreet Enterprise readers – which includes Webopedia – attracted more than 600 responses in a matter of days, the most enthusiastic response to date to a QuinStreet Enterprise survey.

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10 Quick Tips for Social Media Marketing

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Social Media Defined: Social media is a phrase used to describe a variety of Web-based platforms, applications and technologies that enable people to socially interact with one another online. 10 Quick Social Media Tips To be successful in social media you need time and dedication. You can't hurry the process or be slack in participating in the conversation. The following 10 social media tips will help you turn potentially wasted time into positive social conversations.

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Hard Drives are Dying (Or Maybe Not)

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"It is extremely likely that some current technologies may not survive in their current form." That's the opening sentence of Jeffrey Layton's discussion about the future of hard drives in Enterprise Storage Forum, and clearly it's an understatement. Layton takes a deep dive into the challenges facing traditional spinning disks, HDD, namely deep encroachment by SSD, as well as Intel/Micron’s 3D XPoint NVRAM (Non-Volatile RAM).

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SDN and Network Virtualization Become Mainstream

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Software-defined networking (SDN) and network virtualization technologies are poised to become mainstream, according to new research from QuinStreet Enterprise, publisher of this website. SDN Implementation Doubles Over Two Years When we asked our readers about SDN implementation two years ago, 14 percent of organizations had deployed SDN, and another 15 percent were planning on it.

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Year In Review: Top 10 Tech Terms of 2015

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Technology constantly evolves to the point where today, we wonder how we managed without technologies like cloud computing and mobile devices. Gartner, with its list of top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016, looks at Internet of Things (IoT), creating better user experience in mobile and 3D printing as tech trends to keep an eye on in the coming year. As we look towards new and innovative technology trends in 2016, we can't help but to wonder what Webopedia readers were most interested in this past year.  While topics relating to computer and network architecture and programming were the most popular, readers were also interested in software, applications and cloud computing.

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Do You Believe Machine Learning Won't Affect You? Think Again.

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There are a number of concepts that you might, or might not, have heard of in recent months. Big data, business analytics, and business intelligence have been headline topics the last couple of years. Similarly, the Internet of Things (IoT) and its many derivatives (Internet of Everything, Internet of People, etc.), have also crashed headlines and are evolving into regular use. One common term, however, has been echoed out of the discussions around all of these terms, and that is machine learning. While you might believe that you are not impacted by many of these technologies, machine learning will affect you. What Is Machine Learning? Very simply put, machine learning has to do with data and learning from that data. More specifically, it is a process of making predictions based on patterns, or algorithms, within that data. Unlike data mining that simply looks for information within data, machine learning focuses more on exploring what can be learned from the data. It looks more at the patterns within data rather than simply the information from the data.

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IT Salary Levels Expected Higher in 2016

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Based on this report on Datamation about expected 2016 IT salary levels, paychecks in the tech sector are looking increasingly healthy. For several years, employers have faced challenges in hiring tech talent – there aren't enough skilled IT pros to fill all the positions. Consequently, IT salary levels have been steadily gaining altitude. Many IT Jobs Are Unfilled

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Beacons Busting out All Over

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If you haven't encountered beacons yet, chances are you will soon. Beacons are small and usually inexpensive devices that employ Bluetooth technology to accurately convey location by communicating with mobile applications on devices like smartphones and tablets. Companies are finding myriad uses for beacons, including using them to track high-value materials stored in warehouses. As John Sprunger, senior manager of the workforce optimization practice of analyst firm West Monroe Partners, told Enterprise Apps Today, "iBeacons (Apple's version of the technology) can track something down to a five- to 10-foot level; that's something GPS can't do."

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The Problem with Statistics

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"95% of statistics are made up on the spot." – popular statistics quote Here in Canada our upcoming federal election is sparking a veritable barrage of polls and statistics. Often times the figures just don't seem to agree. What are we to make of all this? How do we wade through all of this information to glean any meaningful insights? Moreover, how does one evaluate which studies are most accurate, or more to the point, truthful?  Now that the information age is truly upon us, it's perhaps time to re-evaluate the purpose of statistics in our daily lives and what they mean. All-too-often, it's not what you think. 

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