Let me start with an apology. Susanne reminded me that I haven't posted anything in a while, but I do have my excuses, namely holidays and conferences! Anyway, I'm back, and I've got some great stuff to tell you about - I just need to find the time to get it all out of my head and onto this thing!!
OK, so the first thing that's new is the Small Business Centre, which is an evolution of bCentral, which, as I'm sure many of you know, was our portal aimed at the small business. However, After 3 years it was felt that it was time for a fresh, new site that would provide a more tailored engagement experience for the small business community.
On the site, straight away you'll find 2 main sections: Starting Up in Business, and Growing your Business. If you choose to venture down the 'Starting Up in Business route', (which, let's face it, isn't easy,) you'll gain access to relevant articles, products, features and advice tailored for you. There's even stuff for those who may have started a business, but still be in the early stages. This selection also offers strategic advice on how to leverage IT to get up and running quickly, efficiently and importantly at minimal cost. Sound useful? Thought so. Check it out here.
The second route is aimed at 'Growing your Business', and more specifically, those businesses who have been trading longer at least 2+ years and may have established some IT set-up and procedures. These businesses, typically, are now at a stage where they are looking to perhaps consider a more significant investment in IT in order to help improve productivity, gain efficiency and further develop customer relationships. The challenge for us here at Microsoft is to encourage these companies to buy a server, or hosted server-type capabilities by showing how this can enable mobile working, increased efficiency in business processes and so on. You can check this one out here.
But what else is on the site?
So, what about the other new resource?
Well, there is now a dedicated Small Business Blog! That has got to be a good thing! It's a technology blog dedicated solely to the Small Businesses out there and the feedback is already flowing thick and fast - Nice work guys!
In terms of content, they'll be covering all sorts from Microsoft software, to online marketing, networking, and hardware. I'd check it out if I were you! There's also information on how you can win a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate...
Hi Matt, got the PingBack :) Cheers for this post! - Matt B.