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The 2 things you must do to grow your small business online

May 23, 2017 9:30:00 AM

“54% of customers will consider ending their relationship with a provider if they are not given tailor-made, relevant content and offers” (Microsoft 2016).

I am guessing that, in 2017, the above quote from Microsoft isn’t any news to you. But what may still be a struggle is:

How, as a small business owner or manager, can you keep up with your existing clients, and understand how to grow your business online?

Well, you are in for a treat! That is exactly what I hope to answer over the next paragraphs.

Productivity habits the most successful people use (and how you can adopt them) Part II

May 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Yes, you read right! This is a sequel to our super-popular post “The 11productivity habits the most successful people use (and how you can adopt them)”.

We received such great feedback on the first post that we thought we would give the people more of what they wanted… because no one wants to pen an unread blog post!

So, without further unproductive ramble, here are 8 more habits successful people implement!

Is your business stuck in the Excel hell? Stop it now!

May 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

You would see it almost every day: those endless reports, those endless astoundingly complex worksheets shared around the office by the local ‘Excel Power User’, a person that usually gets paid to keep spreadsheets alive. The bigger the company, the more spreadsheets, and the more Excel gets used.

Before you stop reading OR pick up the phone to ring me, let me just make things clear: We are not here to propose that you stop using your loved spreadsheets!

We’d never advocate the banning of one of the most useful tools ever to enter the workplace, and doing so would in any event result in a massive surge of shadow IT. But… Excel Hell is real!

How to come up with awesome business app ideas

May 2, 2017 11:40:20 AM

You would be right if you thought investing in an app would be a wise decision in 2017. You can probably name half a dozen apps off the top of your head that have helped to simplify your life, yet you probably have a few tasks in mind of what you wish you had an app for!

The rise of digital transformation has meant that, apps are now a “thing” for businesses too. Companies who realise this opportunity are able to come up with app ideas that help keep them in their consumers’ pockets, streamline business processes, or automate routine processes to save time (and money).

However, coming up with winning business app ideas can be tricky! So, we have compiled a list of six things you should consider before hitting the go button on a new business app:

5 tips to make your employees, and your business, happier (and how we implemented them)

Apr 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that studies have shown that workplace happiness spikes productivity levels by 12%, while unhappy workers productivity levels dip by 10%.

But how can small business, often constrained by time, resources and money, incentivise a happier work place?

In this post, we outline the top 5 areas we are focusing on to increase the health and happiness of Lancom’s staff, and these are:

What's the difference between SharePoint and OneDrive (and which one is right for you?)

Apr 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In most offices today, there are several different options for where you can save your work. The standard place might still be ‘My Documents’, but depending on what you are working on, the other popular options are Microsoft’s OneDrive and SharePoint cloud services. Knowing which one is best for any given type of work is important, as it can facilitate improved collaboration and better working.

This post deals with OneDrive and SharePoint and helps you decide which one to use in any given situation.

But first, let’s find out more out each application.

The 11 productivity habits the most successful people use (and how you can adopt them)

Apr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Often, we get stuck in our daily routines and habits, and we don’t think to evaluate how the ingrained, automatic aspects of our day can affect how productive our days, weeks, months and years are.

Sometimes, all it takes is seeing how someone else gets the most out of their days, to make us revaluate how we use our time.

So, we have compiled a list of the top 11 habits that the most productive people incorporate into their daily lives for you to ponder! 

4 Steps to Planning Your First App

Apr 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It has long been established that great software, applications or simply “apps” can help businesses to improve customer engagement, reinvent productivity, modernize operations and transform processes and innovate products and business models.

But how do you actually go about developing an app?

Just like many things in in life, developing an app implies preparation. Planning your app will make things go smoother, faster, and with less stress.

You’re about to learn that the actual app creation process is relatively straightforward. And we’ll guide you through the entire process. 

To make this guide as easy to follow as possible, we’ve broken it up into four stages:      

Why analytics is a big deal (and how you can get in on the action)

Mar 28, 2017 9:30:00 AM

What’s the ‘power to know’ worth? (Yes, we know that’s the slogan of a business intelligence vendor…SAS, to be specific). Ask most people and they will easily agree that accurate information, as detailed as the situation demands, is invaluable.

That’s why data analytics is tipped for big things by the likes of Gartner. The growth in spend, to over US$18-billion this year, is matched by the positive attitude which business leaders have towards concepts like big data (which is a branch of analytics). 85 percent of them believe it will dramatically change the way they do business. 

There’s good reason for all that positivity. Analytic tools take raw data and turn it into valuable information to support decisions made by people. Combine gut feel with data insights and amazing things can happen: customers can be better served, problems anticipated and prevented, performance tracked and managed ‘at the minute’, products developed more effectively and at lower cost – and much, much more.

The Software Development Trends You NEED to Know in 2017

Mar 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If software is eating the world (thanks for the prediction Marc Andreessen!), it’s a good idea to know what’s on the menu. With 2017 well underway, let’s look at the top four  trends which are driving software development this year.

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