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SMB cram session: Five topics in five minutes

Limited time, money and people make doing anything above your daily duties -- let alone educating yourself on technologies -- difficult. Use these guides to learn about five topics in minutes.

At small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), not only are financial resources stretched as far as they can go, but IT departments are, too. It's not uncommon for these "departments" to consist of one person -- which makes time the hardest resource to come by.

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Taking the time to learn about new technologies, or freshen up on the staples, isn't easy. With that in mind, we've gathered five of our most recent IT Management Guides, filled with the latest news, trends and advice in each of these topics -- including security, customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) -- that SMBs need to be on top of.

  • Security essentials
    Forty-five percent of respondents to a recent SearchSMB.com poll said security was their top technology priority in 2007. There are so many aspects of security for SMBs to be concerned with, especially with so few resources. Spyware, disaster recovery and identity management are just a few areas.

  • Email
    Email management can be a difficult task for SMBs. Upgrades, spam and security are just a few related topics that SMBs need to be prepared for.

  • CRM
    CRM options for SMBs are rapidly increasing. This IT Management Guide will help you make informed choices with up-to-date CRM news for SMBs, product options, how-to tips and expert advice.

  • Networking
    Networks at SMBs, like most IT components, can always be improved, updated and made even more secure. But as new technologies promise to simplify your job, they also add another layer of complexity to your network.

  • ERP
    The decision to purchase an ERP system can lead to some challenging questions for IT professionals at SMBs:
    • Which one offers the proper fit of software to business processes?
    • How fast is too fast when it comes to implementing the system?
    • What effect will the Oracle vs. SAP battle have on my organization?
    This IT Management Guide offers tips and articles that answer those questions and more for IT pros tasked with launching ERP systems.

For more cramming, read the rest of our IT Management Guides, and to make sure you don't miss when we update the guides or create a new one, sign up for our IT Management Guide newsletter.

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