Some SMBs get tech; others don't

A few weeks back I went shopping for a new car. The experience left me wondering why many dealerships—perhaps the stereotypical small or mid-size US business—were so far behind in use of technology. I was surprised at how little use of tech was in place. At about the same time […]

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Getting results: How SMBs are using data and insights to get ahead

In the first two posts in this series, Seeing the Light: How SMBs are Using Data and Insights to Get Ahead, I shared the motivations that prompted three SMBs to replace spreadsheets and intuition with a more sophisticated, analytics-driven approach to run their businesses. In the second, I discussed the […]

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Key considerations: How SMBs are using data and insights to get ahead

In the first post in this series, Seeing the Light: How SMBs are Using Data and Insights to Get Ahead, I shared the motivations that prompted three SMBs (BGF Industries, Oberweis Dairy and Twiddy & Company) to replace spreadsheets and intuition with a more sophisticated, analytics-driven approach. But what factors […]

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Seeing the light: How SMBs are using data and insights to get ahead

At a time when information is proliferating at an unprecedented rate, companies that can effectively gather, create and use information can gain dramatic market advantages over those that don’t. SMB Group’s 2012 Routes to Market Study shows that SMBs that have deployed business intelligence and analytics solutions are 51% more […]

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SMBs: Five technology trends to look out for in 2013

Running a small or midsize business is not for the faint of heart. To help you better prepare for 2013, here is our compilation of the most important tech trends to be ready for in the New Year: 1. Mobile: From payment apps like Square and Google Wallet to device-supportive […]

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Small Business Saturday is worth celebrating

To read more ongoing tips and insights for small and midsize businesses, follow our SAS4SMB blog series or visi SAS for Small and MidSize Business . When we take the pulse of the economy, small businesses are often overlooked. Why is that? Is it their size? The lack of a […]

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3 signs you're ready to graduate from spreadsheets to analytics

To read more ongoing tips and insights for small and midsize businesses, follow our  SAS4SMB blog series or visi SAS for Small and MidSize Business . Small and midsize businesses live in the world of Excel. And why not? Spreadsheets are easy to use, inexpensive, and easily available – making them the […]

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5 things I learned from leading entrepreneurs

I recently had the good fortune to travel to Phoenix, AZ, for the Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards, the must-attend event for the nation’s leading entrepreneurs. It is just that. Talk about inspiring!  In attendance were some of the most amazing people I have ever encountered -- folks who are […]

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Forecasting pitfalls – Ignore them at your peril!

There is no denying the value of forecasting. Ask any business – what would it give to know what the demand for its products or services will be in next three months, six months, two years? Forecasting matters for all businesses, but it is especially important for smaller and midsize […]

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Discussing analytics with midsize companies in Las Vegas

Every year, SAS hosts the Premier Business Leadership Series, which focuses on gathering the most innovative corporate minds from around the world to tackle and discuss the latest challenges and trends within the corporate world.  With SAS being used in 90 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500 […]

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