Excel’s new PowerPivot add-on is free and compelling

The core idea behind PowerPivot is deceptively simple: Since people use Excel as a generic data analysis tool, why not make Excel into a front end for data analysis from any number of

Published on: July 13th, 2010 Serdar Yegulalp

New analytics app for iPad, iPhone could benefit frontline workers

A business intelligence software maker is hoping to transform the iPad from a consumer gadget to a valuable business tool.Last week, MicroStrategy Inc., based in McLean, VA, rolled out its mobile BI (business

Published on: July 12th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

HST checklist and saving tips for tax troubled smaller firms

Caught unprepared by the Harmonized Sates Tax (HST)? Wondering how you might recoup lost business from tax traumatized customers? ITBusiness.ca asked tax experts and analysts focused on the small and mid-sized business (SMB)

Published on: July 8th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Maximizer Entrepreneur and Team Editions target smaller SMBs

A few months ago I wrote about the the broadened Web access footprint and pared down total cost of ownership of Maximizer CRM 11 , a customer relations management tool aimed at small

Published on: July 5th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Information overload overwhelms nearly half of Canadian execs

Daily corporate correspondence, e-mail, voicemail, SMS messages, online video, business stats and graphs -- the typical Canadian executive is deluged by a sea of information, according to recent survey.Quite often this avalanche of

Published on: May 11th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

One in three Canadians eager to start their own business

Despite a financial downturn that's lasted nearly two years, Canadians are still eager to set up their own business, a recent cross-country survey reveals.One in three Canadians are interested in striking out on

Published on: May 6th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Canadian firms win big time with mobile marketing

By adding a mobile social media feature to their overall marketing campaign, two Canadian companies were able to achieve unexpected profits. A mobile channel was not at the top of the list of

Published on: April 13th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Do you have a kick-ass story to tell about your solution?

If your answer is no, you have a problem…or at the very least, you will probably have difficulty getting people's attention.  Case in point: "Dragons Den" style events seem to be all the

Published on: April 8th, 2010 Krista Napier

IBM and Microsoft woo small shops with cloud-based services

In terms of running IT operations, 2010 may be a good year for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).At least two major vendors, IBM and Microsoft, are starting to focus on the SMB market

Published on: April 5th, 2010 Joab Jackson

How to do business in the Cloud with your feet on the ground

Cost savings are a big draw for many small and mid-sized firms opting for hosted computing services. But many such companies move to the Cloud without adequate thought and planning. In their eagerness

Published on: March 30th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Doing business in the cloud

Cost savings are attracting many small and medium sized businesses to hosted computing services and the social networking space, but are SMBs heading for the clouds blindly?In the rush to adopt the technology,

Published on: March 29th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Malware attacks threaten firms with Facebook presence

Businesses dipping into the world of social media are increasingly vulnerable to virus infections, security experts told ITBusiness.ca."When you think about it there's absolutely no reason for cyber criminals not to hit a

Published on: March 26th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Budget a big letdown for small Canadian firms

"Paltry" funds earmarked for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in the 2010 federal budget, have come in for heavy criticism by tech industry observers. "There's really nothing much for SMBs -- nothing has

Published on: March 8th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

IT understaffing exposes firms to vicious online attacks

The recent gutting of IT departments during the recent recession may be putting numerous businesses at risk as cyber criminals step up their online attacks.More than 75 per cent of small and medium

Published on: February 25th, 2010 Nestor Arellano