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  1. Three Questions for Your Line-of-Business Software Provider

    If you run a business, there’s a good chance that you are using a line-of-business (LOB) application – software built specifically for businesses in your industry to get things done.  If you’re in a big industry, it’s probably made by a billion-dollar software company.  If there are only a few thousand companies like yours in…

  2. For Most Employees, Culture Drives Productivity

    When COVID-19 hit in March, there was a lot of fast movement by IT teams to get employees working productively from home.  Most people felt like the following few weeks would be a very challenging time.  But then weeks out of the office started to look more like months and then quarters, and the focus…

  3. Two Situations Where Delaying Hardware Purchases Makes Sense

    It’s been a year of uncertainty.  Nobody knows when schools will fully open.  Nobody knows when offices will open. Nobody knows when they’ll go to an arena, if there will be another stimulus, or who will be president in six months.  It’s natural in these situations for businesses to minimize expenses so they can stay…

  4. A Growing Concern: Data Loss

    Many businesses have spent the last several months worried about their short- and long-term survival due to the economic shutdown.  After companies deal with the immediate needs of working remotely and revenue preservation, however, it’s a great time to address some of the other events that can quickly turn profitable companies upside down.  This is…

  5. A Growing Concern: Planning for Success and Succession

    Many businesses have spent the last several months worried about their short- and long-term survival due to the economic shutdown.  After organizations deal with the immediate needs of working remotely and revenue preservation, however, it’s a great time to address some of the other events that can quickly turn profitable companies upside down.  This month,…

  6. Knowledge Management’s New Importance

    If you don’t have great processes to gather and store important information across your entire company, remote workers are really going to hurt your bottom line.  Here’s how. One of your employees picks up a ringing phone (at home, of course; we’re still in the age of COVID-19). The person on the other end identifies…

  7. Three Tools for Longer-Term Remote Work (That Aren’t Technology)

    If you felt like you were totally unprepared for the transitions you had to make in the first days of the Coronavirus crisis, don’t feel bad; so was the rest of the world.  Hertz went bankrupt 12 days after the CEO described it as an exceptionally resilient company.  A Congressional oversight meeting got Zoom-bombed because…

  8. What to Expect in Business for the Second Half of 2020

    There hasn’t been much that’s been predictable since February.  The stock market is at an all-time high, employment is at an all-time low and nobody knows what’s coming next. Writers at a few brave publications, including Politico, Forbes, and Discover Magazine, have tried to offer big, sweeping predictions about all the biggest ways the world…

  9. Business Planning in Times of Unprecedented Uncertainty

    A few weeks ago, many people were hoping we could reopen the country all at once.  As more states have made the decision to open up while others are still battling an increase in infections, it’s become clearer that isn’t going to happen.   What level of infection risk a state can afford to take will…

  10. Preparing Your Business for the Future During the Uncertainty of Coronavirus

    This has been one of the most confounding times in modern history to be a business owner.  Within a few weeks, many US industries went from vibrant to mostly shuttered.  The government passed, on a voice vote, the largest stimulus bill in history – and predictably, pushing that much money out to the businesses that…