51 Best Tools for Small Businesses in 2020 (Free and Inexpensive)

DZone

It is an exciting thing to start your small business or to work for one. This post will highlight the best tools for small businesses that are free and not so costly. However, working without modern tools at your disposal can render your performance to a slow halt.

How to Make a GPS Tracking System for Vehicle and Fleet Tracking

Simform

Billion dollar organizations and small business implement GPS tracking device with zero risks. You too can build such a solution in less than 5 months. Read the blog to know how does GPS tracking works and how to make one.

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Billion-dollar problem solved through 21-day digital transformation

Dynatrace

Dynatrace customers were no exception; they experienced massive shocks to how they do business with customers, their market opportunities , and to how their employees work and live. Speed up loan processing to deliver critically needed relief to small businesses? Dynatrace news.

PPC Optimization: Optimizing Smart Campaigns

Website Optimization

Smart campaigns are designed for small businesses without a dedicated marketing staff. In July 2018 Google rolled out Smart Campaigns in Google Ads in the US. Semi-automated and self optimizing Smart campaigns are designed to drive leads and traffic with minimal setup and maintenance (see Figure 1). While it may sound like an oxymoron, Smart Campaigns can be optimized. This article details how to optimize smart campaigns. PPC Optimization

What is infrastructure monitoring and why is it mission-critical in the new normal?

Dynatrace

IT infrastructure is the heart of your digital business and connects every area – physical and virtual servers, storage, databases, networks, cloud services. If you don’t have insight into the software and services that operate your business, you can’t efficiently run your business.

The SpeedCurve family grows

Speed Curve

Our careers have overlapped at various points, it’s the nature of a small country with an even smaller web design industry. I’m really excited to have become the latest member of the SpeedCurve family.

6 signs you need to invest in a cloud-based test automation tool

Testsigma

For businesses to be more agile and work with an unmatchable speed, cloud testing is crucial. It’ll witness a rapid change with most businesses adopting cloud-based testing. The world of automation testing is rapidly evolving and we need to keep up with the pace.

Progress Delayed Is Progress Denied

Alex Russell

The small measured gaps and frequent hand-off of the lead imply that differences in capabilities and correctness aren't the result of one team focusing on performance while others chase entirely different goals [4]. Three facts. Apple bars web apps from the only App Store allowed on iOS. [1].

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Expanding the AWS Cloud – An AWS Region is coming to South Africa!

All Things Distributed

Many of our startup customers in Africa are leveraging the AWS Cloud to grow into successful global businesses. One example is JUMO, a technology company that has developed a platform for operating inclusive financial services marketplaces to serve small businesses and individuals in emerging markets. Using AWS allows JUMO to rapidly expand their operations throughout Africa and Asia and enables the company to focus on business expansion and forge technology partnerships.

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Pushing Back Against Privacy Infringement on the Web

Smashing Magazine Graphics

Before that, I had done a range of tech work: developing sites at small web shops, product work with startups, consulting for household name tech companies, and heavy involvement in a range of W3C work. Anything else would be bad for small businesses and poor people.

CSS Import

KeyCDN

On the other hand, if you are a web designer or an owner of a small business building your own website, the advantages cannot be ignored. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are the design foundation of most websites. It describes how the elements should be rendered on screen.

A Guide To Attracting Clients To Your Agency

Smashing Magazine Graphics

Are they a small business owner or an employee of a multinational? That ability to generate new projects when required provides incredible peace of mind and ensures the long-term stability of your business. A Guide To Attracting Clients To Your Agency.

Jamstack CMS: The Past, The Present and The Future

Smashing Magazine Graphics

Instead of metadata living in a separate file, now you can have a small YAML snippet at the top of a file. Static site generators often get pigeonholed as a solution for small websites. It’s an excellent way for an individual or small business to get a website online.

Designing For Micro-Moments

Smashing Magazine

Is your business open now? In other words, we’re all becoming research-obsessed, even about the small stuff. Mobile pop-ups can be annoying , but not when they’re used properly as Fit Small Business has done here. Fit Small Business not only provides all the information needed, but also offers an alternative solution to what they seek. Source: Fit Small Business ) ( Large preview ). Designing For Micro-Moments. Designing For Micro-Moments.

What’s in your wheelhouse? Integrating ServiceNow with Jira

Tasktop

Taking it a step further, tying ServiceNow to MicroFocus ALM to Tricentis Tosca, and then outward to a small business unit that has been using an on-premise version of Microsoft TFS is a reality when your Hub is architected around model-based integration. Ask any avid cyclist about the importance of their wheels. If their bike is highly customized, ask them if they consider the number of spokes, lacing pattern, or manufacturer of the hub and rim that make up their wheel.

Listen

The Agile Manager

These can be useful exercises, certainly to the business leaders who’ve got to find their customers or compete against rivals with slimmed down cost structures. For example, I’ve read projections that anywhere from 15% to 50% of all business travel isn’t going to return.

Google Lighthouse vs Rigor

Rigor

” However, there’s a better question that could be asked here: “ When is a free tool like Google Lighthouse adequate for my business needs, and when does my company need to invest in a more robust, best-in-breed monitoring and optimization solution? ” If your business is relying solely on one free tool – like Lighthouse – it’s inevitable that it will quickly bump up against some of that tool’s limitations.

Bringing the Magic of Amazon AI and Alexa to Apps on AWS.

All Things Distributed

Developers can simply specify a few sample phrases and the information required to complete a user's task, and Lex builds the deep learning based intent model, guides the conversation, and executes the business logic using AWS Lambda. Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses, and commercial clients through a variety of channels.

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Fundamentals

The Agile Manager

A shift to more people working from home represents a significant cost take-out opportunity for labor-intensive businesses. Companies big and small have had to scramble to figure out how to create demand, take orders and fulfill orders just to stay in business.

Expanding the AWS Cloud: Introducing the AWS Canada (Central) Region

All Things Distributed

Canada has set forth a bold innovation agenda grounded in entrepreneurship, scientific research, growing small and medium-sized businesses with a focus on environmentally friendly technologies, and the transition to a digital economy. Given this, enterprises, public sector bodies, startups, and small businesses are looking to adopt agile, scalable, and secure public cloud solutions.

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Plesk VPS Hosting For Better Website Outcomes

Smashing Magazine

Even if you’re not the one responsible for the server technology your client’s site sits on, you can see how this sort of thing could have a negative effect on your business. Shared hosting is fine for small, personal blogs or private websites. Not for serious businesses. If your website is for a growing business, but you don’t expect a lot of traffic to it (say, if it were a simple portfolio), cloud hosting would be a good choice.

Zombie Businesses

The Agile Manager

Smart business leaders knew this wouldn't last, because you can't run a business for very long by running people into the ground. Still, the employer's risk of losing people who held the business together increased every day that the "new normal" set in. This let businesses retain people without eroding profitability. This prevented companies from losing employees with systemic knowledge of the business and intimate knowledge of customers.

Shorten the Results Cycle, not the Reporting Cycle

The Agile Manager

The public hand wringing about defects resulted in behaviours that deferred, rather than accelerated, things getting fixed. * * * The underlying profitability of most financial activities can be judged only over a complete business cycle – or longer. Most IT project plans don't actively include the impact analysis of reasonably probable things like the loss of key people, of mistakes in requirements, or business priority changes.

Separating Utility from Value Add

The Agile Manager

But there is some thinking behind the separation of business activity that's worth considering in the IT context. Deposits give banks the capital to make loans to small businesses, write mortgages, and so on. It also provides new businesses with capital at startup, and stabelizing cash through business cycles. If it's done anything, it's confused the business mission of IT. We should separate them into independently operating business units.