Business Resources

Website Security for Dummies

From building the business case for Website Security and explaining the science of SSL, to top tips and best security practices, this easy-to-read Dummies Guide will demystify the world of Website Security. Download now for yourself or share with a colleague.

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How Trustworthy is your Certificate Authority?

The choices available for picking out a certificate authority to issue SSL certificates can seem dizzying for the typical web operations team. Examine this checklist that provides a complete overview of what to look for in ‘Certificate Authorities’, so you can effectively implement a strategy you trust.

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Top 5 SSL Attack Vectors

Explore what the Top 5 ranked 'SSL Attack Vectors' are, and the best practises on how to avoid falling victim to such attacks. As sensitive information on websites, intranets and extranets depends on SSL/TLS - they all need encryption to keep company data private and secure. Learn the vulnerabilities of weak SSL encryption and where to improve Certificate Authorities to keep your companies data safe.

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Cybercrime Survival Guide

The web has been overrun by data thieves. In the battle of obtaining your information, ignorance is their greatest weapon, knowledge their greatest foe. Every website owner needs to understand the risks posed by cybercrime and how to prevent them.

This essential survival guide will help you navigate the wilds and come out of the other side safe, sound and protected.

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Ensuring SSL Compliance in APAC

For those doing business in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, or in other parts of the Asia Pacific region, privacy is a significant concern. Businesses holding personal data have a responsibility to preserve the privacy and confidentiality of that data. The task is complex, especially in an era of sophisticated, global cyber-crime. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates can help protect data and meet the demands of privacy laws across the region.

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What are the Main Differences Between SMB Accounting Software and an ERP System?

Cloud computing has brought to small businesses a dizzying array of business applications that were previously unaffordable or non-existent. The number of ways to extend accounting software is nearly limitless. However, business owners need to be very aware that just because it is possible to connect together multiple applications to support their operations, it may not be the most effective or efficient approach.

In this paper you will learn the hidden costs of working with multiple applications and discover the benefits of ERP for your small business.

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Forrester Top 10 Technology Trends to Watch 2016-2018

The customer is king. That’s a given. Smart companies are adopting end-to-end technology solutions to propel their growth and ensure their sustainability.

Forrester’s top 10 technology trends demonstrates why a shift is underway from cyclical, intention-led spending on point solutions, to investments targeting customer-driven, end-to-end value. Whilst this opens up huge opportunities, they also pose challenges in terms of the organisation’s infrastructure, culture, and maturity – particularly as companies expand and grow. Download this white paper and learn what technology trends are going to impact your organisation over the next two years.

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5 Signs Your Business Has Reached the Limits of MYOB

Read how switching from MYOB has helped Aussie businesses like Atlassian rapidly grow by 200%

MYOB is a popular entry level accounting software for Aussie small businesses. However, growing businesses need more functionality to manage growing volumes of financial data and processes, not just in MYOB but scattered across multiple spreadsheets and business systems.

Download this free white paper to learn when is the right time to take the next step to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that delivers automation, real-time visibility, productivity gains and scales with your business for future growth.

You’ll learn:
  • The 5 reasons for moving beyond MYOB.
  • Why timing is everything: when is the right time to make the move?
  • How integrated, web-based business software can fuel the next stage of your business growth.
  • 4 case studies from Atlassian, Energy Matters, StatSeeker and Priava who successfully moved beyond MYOB and took their business to new heights.

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Why Fast-growing Companies Leave QuickBooks and Adopt Cloud Financials to Accelerate Growth

For many businesses, QuickBooks is a good accounting system when starting out. But is it the right choice to fuel the next stage of your organisation’s growth?

Download this white paper for a look at why fast-growing organisations have upgraded from QuickBooks to accelerate growth. Discover the telltale signs that it might be time for you as well, including:

  • It’s too hard to find out what’s really happening across your business in real time.
  • You spend too much time re-entering and reconciling data across systems.
  • You’re losing sales because you can’t get information where it’s needed fast enough.
  • You’re doing more of your accounting outside QuickBooks than in it.
  • You spend too much time worrying about technology instead of business results.

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White Paper: How TCO Benefits Make Cloud Computing a No-Brainer for Many SMBs and Mid- Market Enterprises

View this white paper to learn how a detailed TCO evaluation shows cloud-based solutions can deliver significant savings compared to on-premises business applications.

Cloud computing eliminates the need for individual companies to buy, deploy and maintain IT infrastructure or application software. In the cloud computing model (also known as software-as-a-service, or SaaS), the vendor takes responsibility for deploying and managing the infrastructure (servers, operating system software, databases, data center space, network access, power and cooling, etc.) and processes (infrastructure patches/upgrades, application patches/upgrades, backups, etc.) required to run and manage the full solution. Because cloud vendors manage all of their customers on a single instance of the software, they can amortize infrastructure-related costs over thousands of customers. This results in substantial economies of scale and skill, reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) for customers who deploy business management solutions.

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The Buyers Guide to Financial Management Software

A financial management system is key to running your operations profitably. You need to have realtime insights into numerous financial metrics such as profitability ratios, inventory margins, liabilities, fixed assets and taxes. An integrated financial management system that brings together your order-to-cash and procure-to-pay processes provides you with great business visibility while allowing your staff to perform their jobs much quicker. An adaptable financial management system with rich business planning, comprehensive system integration and solid reporting capabilities that operates in the cloud will position you for the next stage of growth.

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The Top 4 Biggest Growth Opportunities for Small Businesses

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re running on the spot? Being a SMB is challenging enough as it is, without your systems holding you back.

In this exclusive whitepaper produced by independent market research and business strategy consultants, Frost & Sullivan, we offer you the chance to:

  • Discover the four biggest growth opportunities for SMBs, as identified by 363 SMB executives in the APAC region.
  • Explore how low-cost, flexible and scalable cloud solutions are enabling SMBs to leverage their greatest competitive assets to grow faster and further than their counterparts who keep technology on-premise.
  • Learn how SMBs are in a better position than most to react to growth opportunities that are arising from ongoing industry shifts - and how cloud is proving critical in this story.

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Sharpening the Small Business Competitive Edge

Is the Time Right for the Cloud?

This whitepaper, researched and written by IDC, pinpoints the benefits and opportunities associated with cloud adoption.

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Thriving in the Digital Economy

How small and midsize enterprise are adapting to digital transformation.

This whitepaper, researched and written by IDC, identifies the different benefits and opportunities associated with digital transformation.

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Scaling SMEs: Building a Flexible Platform for Growth

As SMEs embark on the journey to expand their business, many face constraints on their organisational resources, hampering their ability to deliver on their growth strategies.

The answer lies in scaling the organisation by building an operational platform on which to deliver growth - whilst maintaining the flexibility that is critical in enabling management to respond to changes in market conditions.

This research paper, written by Economist Intelligence Unit, outlines the following:
  • 1: An operational strategy for scaling
  • 2: Leveraging technology to scale the SME
  • 3: Critical factors in scaling headcount

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EvoShield Gears up for Growth with Integrated ERP

This case study, researched and written by Aberdeen Group, examines why protective sporting apparel company, EvoShield, implemented SAP Business One solution to support the company’s new founded growth and their investment in a scalable solution for the future.

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SAP Business One Emerges as the SMB ERP Solutions to Beat

If you’re a small to mid-size business (SMB) faced with a decision about Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), SAP Business One is likely on your radar. With over 80% of SAP’s 263,000 customers in the small to midsize bracket it is easy to see why SAP is the largest enterprise solutions vendor.

In this report, Cindy Jutras - a widely recognized expert in analyzing the impact of enterprise applications on business performance, evaluates SAP SMB ERP solutions.

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Cloud ERP: The Great Enabler of Growth

Keep it simple, manage risk, manage control

Never before have companies in the mid-market seen more potential for growth. But those looking to take these big, bold, giant steps will also face challenges.

Simplify your business IT model.

Download this free report to gain insight into how SaaS ERP solutions deliver faster milestones for business growth.

Servcorp & Roy Morgan Research: Secret Killers of Business Success

In January of this year, Servcorp undertook an independent study titled ‘Secret Killers of Business Success’ in conjunction with Roy Morgan Research to understand the factors impacting a prospective customer’s decision to contact and choose a supplier. As part of this national study, we interviewed over 1000 everyday consumers and prospective customers of Professional Service Businesses and asked them what impacted their decision to choose a supplier over another.

Servcorp’s Chief Operations Officer Marcus Moufarrige details the key findings of the research in this whitepaper. He reveals the influencers that your business needs to master right now.

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BDO: 2016 Federal Budget - Not Just Another Budget

Federal Budget 2016 - An Election platform that as stifled true reform

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Small steps win big results in business improvement

There is a myth in the world of business that to grow and be successful you need to come up with the next big innovation or quantum leap and to be profitable you need to change the paradigm of how your industry is perceived and how it acts. But that’s not actually true.

Download Nigel Collin's whitepaper to explore the 4 key actions involved in successfully improving your business and the stages needed that will add another level of excellence.

 

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8 Common Traits of Great Leaders

Adopt these and be great.

Look at any great leader from history — in business, sport, military or any other industry — and you’ll notice a wealth of distinctive character traits, from strength and determination to intelligence and eloquence

But which traits are common to all great leaders? There’s no need to guess — just download this eBook, where we examine eight of the most common traits of truly great leaders, from empathy to decisiveness, from vision to calmness under pressure.

Download this free eBook to learn:
  • The domino effect of remaining calm under pressure
  • How to develop great instinct
  • How to loosen the reins on your employees
  • And more...
 

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4 Ways to Take Your Company from Good to Awesome

We've all grown used to ordinary customer experiences, so when something extraordinary happens, we pay attention.

”No matter whether your business is a one-person show just getting started or a multi-national corporation, whether you are a front-line worker or a top-level executive, you can create awesome.”

This brief by Scott Stratten, best-selling author and president of UnMarketing, shares stories that’ll inspire you to find your own unique brand of business awesome.

Download the brief to learn:
  • How FedEx recovered from an ugly viral video
  • Why Ritz-Carlton gave a toy giraffe an extended stay
  • What Delta said to appease an angry Twitter user
  • And more...
 

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SME Information Series | Exporting to the Middle East

There are plenty of exciting opportunities for Australian SMEs to expand overseas in a range of markets around the world.

 

Operating internationally can be quite a different experience to operating domestically, so any SME exporting to a new market needs to make sure they are well-equipped to navigate a new operating environment.

 

We have developed a four-part SME Information Series designed to provide information on entering four of Australia’s key export markets: China, Japan, South Korea and the Middle East.

 

This edition of the SME Information Series provides practical information on how to enter and do business in the Middle East.

The information contained in this edition of our SME Information Series should help you answer the following questions:
  • What is the economic and political environment for doing business in the Middle East?
  • What are Australia’s key markets in the Middle East?
  • What opportunities are there for my business in the Middle East?
  • What do I need to be aware of when entering the Middle East? Are there risks to doing business there?
  • How should I go about entering the Middle East?
 

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SME Information Series | Exporting to South Korea

Exporting presents a great opportunity for many SMEs to grow their business and enjoy international success. However, any new market can throw up a range of questions for SMEs unfamiliar with the economic, political and business environment for export in that market.

We have developed a four-part SME Information Series designed to provide information on entering four of Australia’s key export markets: China, Japan, South Korea and the Middle East.

This edition of the SME Information Series provides practical information on how to enter and do business in South Korea.

The information contained in this edition of our SME Information Series should help you answer the following questions:
  • What is the economic and political environment for doing business in South Korea?
  • What opportunities are there for my business in South Korea?
  • What do I need to be aware of when entering South Korea? Are there risks to doing business there?
  • How should I go about entering the South Korean market?
  • What is the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement and can it benefit my business?
 

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SME Information Series | Exporting to Japan

Expanding overseas is an exciting step for any business, but we know that without adequate information and support, it can be difficult for SMEs to succeed when faced with new and unfamiliar challenges.

We have developed a four-part SME Information Series designed to provide information on entering four of Australia’s key export markets: China, Japan, South Korea and the Middle East.

This edition of the SME Information Series provides practical information on how to enter and do business in Japan.

The information contained in this edition of our SME Information Series should help you answer the following questions:
  • What is the economic and political environment for doing business in Japan?
  • What opportunities are there for my business in Japan?
  • What do I need to be aware of when entering Japan? Are there risks to doing business there?/li>
  • How should I go about entering the Japanese market?
  • What is the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement and can it benefit my business?
 

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SME Information Series | Exporting to China

There are many opportunities for Australian SMEs to enjoy success overseas.

With its economic growth trajectory and rising middle class, there is a large amount of media about China as one of Australia’s most important goods and services export markets.

However, many SMEs have yet to capitalise on these opportunities, whether it be through fear, uncertainty or lack of understanding around how to conduct business in China. 

The information contained in this edition of our SME Information Series should help you answer the following questions:
  • What is the economic and political environment for doing business in China?
  • What opportunities are there for my business in China?
  • What do I need to be aware of when entering China? Are there risks to doing business there?
  • How should I go about entering the Chinese market?
  • What is the China-Australia FTA and can it benefit my business?
 

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SME Information Series - Managing export risks

What any exporter or business involved in an export-related contract will quickly discover is that there are a number of risks involved with exporting or participating in an export supply chain. When entering a new market, there are new risks to be aware of which can fundamentally affect your business. Identifying and managing those risks can help minimise their impact.

The information contained in this edition of our SME Information Series should help you answer the following questions:
  • What risks do I need to be aware of when entering an export market?
  • What are some of the risks in key export markets?
  • How do I manage risks?
  • How do I protect my intellectual property?
 

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SME Information Series - Building networks

Relationships and networks are crucial to meeting new customers, winning new business and delivering on contracts. Tapping into valuable networks, finding the right partners and knowing where to get advice and support can make a huge difference in SMEs succeeding overseas or in export-related supply chains.

The information contained in this edition of our SME Information Series should help you answer the following questions:
  • How do I build networks?
  • Who do I need to build relationships with to succeed?
  • How do I choose the right partners?
  • How do I maximise my networks?
 

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SME Information Series - Export-related finance

SMEs spend a large amount of their time managing their cashflow and when it comes to exporting, there are a whole new range of financial considerations. We know that SMEs often have specific financing needs and may require funding support to compete in international markets or to fund export-related supply chain contracts.

The information contained in this edition of our SME Information Series should help you answer the following questions:
  • What do I need to consider around finance when it comes to exporting?
  • Where can I access finance to grow my export business or fulfil an export-related contract?
  • How should I choose between debt finance and equity funding?
  • How do I make sure I get paid in overseas markets?

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SME Information Series - Planning for export

Many SMEs fall into exporting when they win a contract and are not adequately prepared or set up for exporting. We know you need trusted information, support and advice to help you succeed, quickly.

The information contained in this edition of our SME Information Series should help you answer the following questions:
  • How do I know if export is right for me?
  • Where can I go for practical, relevant advice and information on exporting?
  • How do I set myself up for success with exporting?
  • What do I need to think about when building an export strategy?
  • How do I identify the right export markets?
  • What do I need to think about when entering a new market?

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The Essential Guide to Managing Expenses in Australia

Read this eBook and find out how doing expenses on the Cloud (not on spreadsheets) improves productivity, visibility, cost-control and employee satisfaction.

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What keeps SME directors up at night

This article looks at what’s dominating SME boardroom conversations and keeping small business owners up at night.

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General duties of Directors

This Q&A will provide owner directors with an understanding of their role and responsibilities so that they can build their knowledge and confidence in carrying out their director duties.

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The benefits of an advisory board

Having an advisory board brings numerous benefits to the company when the advisory board is working effectively. Find out how one could help your business.

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Governance issues in private companies

The importance of good governance is as much important for private companies as it is for public listed companies. This article looks at the some of the governance practices and issues which can be helpful for private companies to look at and use as a benchmark for good governance.

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Insolvent Trading

This Q&A covers the definition of insolvent trading and breaching the Act. It also discusses the warning signs of insolvency and the available defences for directors under the Corporations Act 2001.

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DEATH OF THE WEB CONFERENCE (AS WE KNOW IT).

It comes as no surprise that the sheer volume of meetings is on the rise for today’s average employee. Nor should it come as a shock that the vast majority of today’s employees report they get little or no value out of most of the meetings they attend. Yet, few workers would argue that communication and collaboration are critical to achieving their goals.

This disconnect is less an indictment of meetings themselves than it is a reflection of the proliferation in the types and locations of the modern meeting, the rise of today’s highly mobile, consumerized workplace, and the tools most companies employ to facilitate such collaboration.

The following independent research paper, written by Ovum in collaboration with join.me by LogMeIn, examines survey results used to measure evolving employee needs, behavior and expectations in the workplace.

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TOOLING UP FOR COLLABORATION. VIRTUAL MEETINGS THAT DRIVE BUSINESS RESULTS.

Collaboration is key. To most organizations, in fact, it is a significant source of comparative advantage. As such, the number of meetings—opportunities to share concerns, plan strategies, prioritize focuses, coordinate responses and track progress toward goals—is on the rise.

The following report combines quantitative research sponsored by join.me by LogMeIn and a range of other prominent research firms with qualitative analysis conducted by Forbes Insights. We hope it delivers an array of useful insights you are able to apply to your organization’s collaboration practices.

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CUSTOMER SATISFACTION WITH COLLABORATION SOLUTIONS.

Businesses demand collaboration solutions that are built for modern employees, and a new, more agile and connected workforce. Technology is driving the evolution of the global economy at an unprecedented speed and, as businesses and their workforces evolve with it, they demand collaboration solutions that can keep up. This report examines the underlying factors that determine an end user’s satisfaction with their online meeting tool and which tools rank the highest.

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UNSHACKLING ONLINE MEETINGS FOR BUSINESS USERS

Online meetings are ideal for collaboration both within the business and with customers, but too often technology solutions get in the way, creating delays or even missed meetings that can jeopardize opportunities and revenue. Sales teams and other business users need to be able to meet online without having to jump over tech¬nology hurdles.

This whitepaper guides you through solutions to help you and your business avoid technology frustrations that sap productivity.

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Performance Management in your business

This e-book is intended to help business owners make sense of performance management, and avoid some of the pitfalls that can occur during performance reviews.

Using career progression to recruit the best professionals

Help employers better understand the types of career progression professionals seek.

101 SMB marketing tips and ideas

Practical ways to build your brand whatever your budget.

Navigating social media: The things you were never taught in school

The truth is, social media is here to stay and now more than ever, it is an important part of the marketing mix.

63 pearls of wisdom from high-profile entrepreneurs

If you could use a bit of entrepreneurial encouragement, here?s a selection of choice business advice from over 45 leading Australian entrepreneurs.

Cashflow, credit and keeping your business in business

Getting to know your customers and clients is not just good business practice; it's vital!