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Moving your business into the cloud – there are simply no more excuses
Article by Louis Koen, Head of Crimson Line Some might have missed the big announcement in June that Microsoft will be opening cloud data centres in South Africa next year. For small businesses, there has never been a better time to take the plunge and take their business into the cloud. Not only will it dramatically impact their IT costs, but securing their critical data will become significantly easier. Despite the volumes written about the benefits of running at least parts of your business in the cloud, South African SMEs remain curiously reserved about taking the first steps in this global trend. Anecdotal evidence from local vendors shows that local cloud adoption stands at a meagre 30%. When compared to global figures of around 70 to 80%, we are coming across as rather technophobic.
How to improve your profit margin
Article written by Jannie Rossouw, Head: Sanlam Business Market It is said that there is nothing new under the sun … and this is also true for business. The reality is that most of us need to be reminded about the options available to us, which may well improve the bottom line of our business. Have you considered applying any one or more of the following to improve your profit margin?
How to curb loss in a business
Loss in any business is a major issue. No business wants to have a negative return or less profit than projected. Subsequently, many ways to reduce loss, from cost management to talent management to product management and more, have been devised to ensure that profits are consistent - and losses are low or even nil. Below we look at three loss minimising strategies in greater detail.
Relying on written statements in a disciplinary hearing
Article provided by Sanlam and written by Jan Truter from Labourwise It is normal practice in disciplinary hearings for the accused and witnesses to appear in person. The accused would have an opportunity to face and cross-examine witnesses, followed by an opportunity to fully state his or her case and present further evidence. Occasionally, situations arise where the necessity for such a process is called into question.
The ins and outs of an employee’s handbook
An employee handbook is a great communication tool that can be used by businesses to convey their culture and values to new and current employees. It is important that it inspires one to read it instead of being a bland and boring document which people sign for but never read. Your handbook should answer two simple questions: Why do you I want to work here? and why do I want to continue working here? Here are some helpful tips to consider when creating an employee’s handbook.
What an employer should do in case of national protest action
Article provided by Sanlam and written by Jan Truter from Labourwise (www.labourwise.co.za) From time to time there are calls from civil society or trade unions for citizens to participate in protest action. This could result in employees staying away from work. Given the possibility of widespread disruption, the question is how should employers respond to such situations?
The quality control process
Article provided by China Homelife Fair and China Machinex  There is a misconception regarding importing Chinese products from suppliers, one that alludes to the quality of products manufactured in China. It is important to note that most Chinese suppliers will make a product based on the requirements of the buyer. The cheaper the product is to manufacture, the poorer the quality will be. It is up to the buyer to specify the quality of the product prior to signing the contract. However, the quality control process is vital in ensuring that when you receive your final shipment from China, your products are up to your standards.
Out of sight, never out of mind
Article provided by TomTom When you need to make every cent count, relying on blind faith in your staff while they are out of the office is a risk you cannot afford. A mobile workforce management solution can give you peace of mind, maximise efficiency and make your staff’s lives easier too. The number of jobs that require a substantial amount of work ‘on the road’ are always increasing –  from courier services and regional sales representatives to on-site technicians, handymen and even nurses – but the headaches for managers back at the office remain the same.

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