Top 10 New Technologies That Will Change Small Business

From: Intuit QuickBooks, by Nicklas Prieto on June 26, 2014

The digital age has brought with it innumerable innovations that continue to change the way the world does business. Buzzwords abound on the internet, bringing to light terms that often fade into obscurity as quickly as they rise to prominence. But some innovations occasionally stick, and the 10 new technologies discussed in this list are definitely here to stay, at least until new tech comes out that makes them obsolete.

Until then, follow along to learn how these new innovations can help change the way you conduct business. <SEE TOP 10>

Does My Business Need an App?

From: Intuit QuickBooks Business Blog, by Megan Sullivan on July 18, 2014

The allure of having a fancy mobile application associated with your business can be strong. With the thousands of apps out on the market, you might feel like having an app is a requirement for any successful business. However, determining if your business really needs an app is important, as building one can require a significant investment of time and money.

So what’s the best way to determine if your business can benefit from an app? Start by asking yourself these questions. <READ MORE>

BigHand announces increased law firm efficiencies and attorney productivity, as revealed by Blue Hill research

From: Legal IT Professionals, August 12, 2014

BigHand, a global leader in voice productivity technology, today announced the release of an independent industry analyst report that reveals increased law firm staff efficiencies and improved attorney productivity as a result of the use of BigHand digital dictation and voice productivity technology.

The research was conducted by Blue Hill Research, an analyst firm that documents how technology supports business success. 

The analysis reports that the law firms studied realized improved support staff efficiencies as a result of better allocation of work, automated distribution and rerouting of work, and visibility into the status of projects. The firms saw financial gains in won-back time for support staff and improved support staff to attorney ratios. Blue Hill Research also reported that the firms realized gains in attorney productivity because those professionals were using BigHand not only for standard dictation, but also for note taking, communication of tasks to staff, and on-the-go dictation. <READ MORE>

Know the Features Before You Move: Google Apps v. Office 365

From: Law Technology Today, Posted by: Pegeen Turner August 15, 2014

I’m a huge fan of Google Apps for Business. It is one of the main products I recommend as a technology consultant. It has it’s quirks but I have been pretty happy with it; it syncs to all of your mobile devices, syncs to Outlook and the same folders and subfolders structure in Outlook is replicated in the Google Gmail interface.

Along came Office 365. Because of the Microsoft name, I thought that this product was a Google Apps killer. However I think both products have their merits. Consider the following for each of these products: <READ MORE>

Ensuring the Security of Your Company’s Data

From Intuit Quick Books – Small Business Blog: by Andrea Hayden on July 20, 2014

A survey from the Ponemon Institute revealed that 55% of small business owners have experienced a breach of private data. While many of these small business owners are aware that data breaches hurt business, most don’t appear to be taking action.

Many steps can be taken by businesses to protect their own sensitive business information as well as private customer data. Take these recommended preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of a data breach within your business.              <READ MORE>

Non-Work Activities To Improve Your Business Success

From: Intuit Quick Books Business, by Rochelle Bailis on June 21, 2014

For those who seek positions of business leadership or self-employment, it’s easy to feel duty-bound to your aspirations even when you’re off the clock. Career-driven people tend to spend their free time doing things that contribute to their professional goals, such as networking, reading business books, learning a work-related skill or keeping a business blog.

But is this singular focus really a good thing? Many studies seem to indicate that challenging your mind in different ways may better expand your creativity, mental agility and emotional intelligence. Here are eight non-work activities that have been scientifically proven to hone skills that are essential for any great business maven. <READ MORE>

Courtroom Technology: 23 Years Ago, and Today

From: Law Technology Today, Posted by: Mark Cox August 4, 2014

Technology in the courtroom is always changing. It is how we adapt to and utilize these changes and advances in technology that can make the difference between winning and losing a case at trial.

I began trying cases 23 years ago. For quite some time, I used an easel with large white paper that you could write on and then flip over and write on the next page. I found it quite effective to use during trial. In fact, I outlined my entire opening statement on those flipcharts. I can still remember spending numerous hours with various colors of Magic Markers creating just the right message on the flip chart. Sometimes my flipchart would be 25 pages long for an opening statement. In the middle, I might change my mind but had already written out the flipchart. I simply would tear that page way bring it forward or move it backwards in the opening statement outline and tape it to another page.

That’s how much technology I used 23 years ago. <READ MORE>

Stage 2 MU attestations make progress

From: Healthcare IT News, August 7, 2014, Tom Sullivan, Editor, Government Health IT

1,898 eligible providers, 78 eligible hospitals so far

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported a new batch of meaningful use attestation numbers on Wednesday, showing a modest improvement over the disappointing rates that were reported in July.

[See also: Stage 2 MU: A bridge too far?]

The percentages of eligible providers and eligible hospitals that have successfully attested to Stage 2 of meaningful use are still small — while CMS continues moving ever closer to 100 percent registration.

The real indicator of meaningful use progress, of course, is the attestation rates. And as of July’s end, 1,898 EPs and 78 EHs attested to Stage 2.

[See also: CMS reports paltry numbers for Stage 2]

When CMS reported the EPs and EHs who had attested as of June’s end, it’s worth noting, those numbers were 972 and 10, respectively. Depending on one’s perspective, June’s status was either merely paltry or downright foreboding of a disastrous Stage 2. <READ MORE>

Hiring an Event Planner

From: Intuit Small Business Blog, by Megan Sullivan on June 26, 2014

Planning events, whether large or small, business or personal, can be one of the most stressful things you’ll do. Take a look at any holiday dinner party, and you’ll find the host or hostess undoubtedly frazzled, as months of preparation finally boil down to the main event.

Now imagine doing that for 100 of your business colleagues or your most important clients or investors. It’s easy to see why, when faced with the challenge of organizing an event, many companies and entrepreneurs hire an event planner.

What Is an Event Planner?

In short, a good event planner is a logistical guru. They will keep your event organized, on budget and running smoothly. They should also be business-savvy, a shrewd negotiator and a bit of a social butterfly.

Choosing a qualified event planner can be a real challenge, as there are few qualifications one needs to declare themselves a professional. Let’s examine the steps you should take to find a qualified event planner that’s perfect for you and your event. <READ MORE>

10 Interview Questions That Get to the Heart of Things

From: Intuit Small Business Blog, by Megan Sullivan on June 25, 2014

Some see the interview process as an art form, one that allows you to carefully coax candidates out of their shells and reveal a true glimpse of their personality. Others see it as a necessary evil full of polished answers and wasted formalities.

The truth is that you’ll never truly know a candidate until they have worked for you. Getting references certainly helps, but it’s difficult to get to the bottom of things in a first interaction. That being said, asking the right questions can help you cut past the practiced responses and get to the core of someone’s motivation, skills and strengths.

Below are 10 interview questions that really expose a candidate’s philosophies on work, along with explanations on how to interpret the answers they provide: <READ MORE>