Ninety percent of companies in the United States qualify as small businesses. Every day these employers have to deal with common computing problems, such as tracking electronic documents, scheduling, accounting functions, managing contact lists, and reducing spam. Many expensive software products are available to help solve these problems, but they often have features small businesses don't need (or are missing the ones they do). Open source software presents easy-to-implement solutions at a fraction of the cost. Unfortunately, these solutions are relatively unknown to most small businesses. Open Source Solutions for Small Business Problems explores operational problems most small businesses share. It identifies good open source software that can help businesses solve these problems, and compares them to their proprietary counterparts. The strengths and weaknesses of the open source packages are discussed, and additional information is included on how to integrate open source with existing proprietary systems to achieve specific goals. This is the perfect reference for the tech professional looking for help choosing and understanding excellent open source software to deploy in a business setting, as well as for small business proprietors interested in streamlining their business problems using computer-based solutions.
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John Locke (Seattle, WA) is the principal consultant for Freelock LLC, where he acts as a technology advisor helping small businesses solve operational and communication problems using open source software.Review:
Part I: Small Business Computing Basics; Chapter 1: What is Open Source?; Chapter 2: Electronic Filing Cabinets; Chapter 3: Working Together; Chapter 4: Your Desk; Chapter 5: E-mail; Chapter 6: Web; Part II: Computing Your Business; Chapter 7: The Rolodex; Chapter 8: The Filofax; Chapter 9: Version Control; Chapter 10: Accounting; Chapter 11: Project Management; Part III: Computers that Coordinate People; Chapter 12: Customer Extranets; Chapter 13: Publishing Tools; Chapter 14: Connect from Off-site; Chapter 15: Digital Signatures, Encrypted E-mail; Part IV: Security Issues; Chapter 16: Where to Keep Sensitive Data; Chapter 17: Security in a Wireless World; Chapter 18: The Safe; Chapter 19: Viruses and Spam; Appendix: About the CD-ROM; Index
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