Manage Learn to apply best practices and optimize your operations. First-quarter recap

As we enter the final weeks of the first quarter of the year, it seemed like a good time to revisit some of the advice, news, IT Management Guides and special features from the past few months.

2007 has gotten off to a great start. And as the first quarter comes to an end, we thought it would be helpful to revisit a sampling of our advice, news, IT Management Guides and special features from the year so far.


Two-factor authentication best practices for SMBs
Two-factor authentication can seem daunting, but flexible token alternatives, managed authentication services and low-cost cards and devices have eased the pain of implementation.

More from Q1
Security, disaster recovery top SMB predictions for 2007

ERP implementations may fall short for hasty SMBs
NAC helps SMBs control network, costs
Network access control, or NAC, offers a cost-effective way to protect an SMB network from unwanted visitors.

Managed security services -- an SMB option
Managed services are more appealing to small and medium-sized businesses now that security compliance and regulations apply to them. Here are some guidelines on how to shop for a service provider that will help keep your IT organization secure.

Email etiquette policies: Big savings and productivity
Email makes the world go 'round, but without an email etiquette plan, productivity and collaboration can make you spin into information overload.

CRM suites suit SMBs
While a CRM system can make keeping track of customer and sales-related data a much easier proposition, finding one that's both scalable and affordable is no easy task for SMBs.

>> Visit our SMB tip archive.


SMBs reject tape for online backup
SMBs looking for fewer server backup headaches are turning to remote services instead of tape.

Server-based RSS technology worth the money for SMBs
You can get consumer RSS technology for free, but spending the extra dough on enterprise RSS gets you more control and security.

VoIP security barely a blip on SMBs' radar
Neither vendors nor customers of VoIP services are paying much attention to security, experts say. But just wait until the first major security breach.

Ten clues that your Web site is dead
Does your Web site have a pulse? If it doesn't, your business is probably fading fast, too. There are ways to revive it, but you've got to know the signs.

IT job rotation rare, but critical for business alignment
Giving up good employees to other business units within an organization has likely soured more than a few managers, but experts say CIOs concerned about staffing should seriously consider formal IT job rotation programs.

>> Visit our SMB news archive.

IT Management Guides

Security essentials for SMBs's IT Management Guide on Security Essentials offers guidance, news and tips on how to most effectively handle security in your IT organization.

Email for SMBs
Email management can be a difficult task for small and medium-sized businesses. Learn more about upgrades, spam, email security and more in this IT Management Guide.

CRM for SMBs
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.

Systems management essentials
Systems management is an essential part of IT professionals' responsibilities at SMBs. Find tips, news and more on the subject in this IT Management Guide.

>> Check out all of our IT Management Guides.

Special features

SMB defined
Everyone defines SMB differently. Some do it by employee count, others by revenue. Check out this list of vendor and analyst firm definitions to see where your business falls.

Email: What's your final reply?
Email is a vital tool of business, with more than 40 billion messages sent daily, according to one research firm. How much do you know about it? Test yourself with this quiz!

You've got a security policy. Now what?
Creating a formal enterprise security policy can be a lot of work, but until that policy is implemented, it will provide no benefit. While that implementation process can be time-consuming, it does not have to be overly complex. Make clear decisions now to save hours of aggravation later. This free research report from Info-Tech Research offers advice on what to do next.

Using NAS to address capacity demand
This expert webcast focuses on the problem of capacity demand, explains needs and issues and offer a solution to the problem -- network-attached storage.

IT cheat sheets for all
They may seem like no-brainers to you, but some of your IT tricks and workarounds look magical to your peers. We've collected our favorite IT cheat sheets on topics ranging from AS/400 to HTML and Outlook so everyone can look like a whiz.

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