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Flexible Reporting with Parameter Fields in Crystal Reports

Every business needs reporting. While your business systems may collect a large amount of vital data, you’re not always equipped with a reporting tool that will help you analyze it all. That’s where Crystal Reports can step in and help. Crystal Reports offers a robust reporting application that can connect to virtually any database, spreadsheet, text file, or combination thereof. With advanced grouping and sorting, you can look at your data in creative ways to help you make smart business decisions. A basic report from Crystal is typically thought of as static because its fields...

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10 Great Apps to Boost Your Productivity: Part II

A few weeks ago, we introduced 5 out of 10 of our favorite apps in Part I. And we promised we’d give you 5 more. In case you need a little extra productivity boost, here they are!   6. Stayfocused This is a handy little app for any of us who log onto our computers with the intention of working only to find ourselves scrolling through Facebook or Buzzfeed. Living in the era of incessant distraction makes it difficult to accomplish our tasks, whether that be creating reports, designing a logo for a client, or writing the first chapter of our novel. Well, here comes an application...

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10 Great Apps to Boost Your Productivity: Part I

These days, there is such an abundance of technology that it’s nearly impossible to organize and accomplish tasks- seems counterintuitive, right? Between multiple email accounts, social media sites, and work-related applications, think about how much time you waste just wading through the constant stream of documents and browser tabs. Wouldn’t it be great to streamline your workflow? Employ a set of simple tools to make your days more efficient and user friendly? Well, luckily there are applications out there that can make this possible- you just have to know where to look. And even more...

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Video Conferencing Options in 2014

In late 2012, we began expanding the Digital Workshop to include more online training options. Since that time, we have held online training classes across the country and continue to improve the way in which we deliver our training. I spent a lot of time researching various video conferencing options to ensure we provided the best online training experience possible. First, I explored some of the free options out there. Being a Google power-user, I started with Google Hangouts. Hangouts is an amazing tool that comes for free with any Gmail account. Hangouts has video chat capabilities for...

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New Features of QuickBooks 2014

Small businesses require powerful bookkeeping tools with a low-cost entry point. Intuit’s QuickBooks has become the industry leader for small businesses for doing just that. With different options to get you started, QuickBooks can become a business lifesaver. And several new features in QuickBooks Pro 2014 continue to add value to this prominent program. First, QuickBooks 2014 has added many new email capabilities. While you’ve been able to email customers in QuickBooks for some time, the new version allows more complex email templates that allow you to create a more professional presence...

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3 Powerful SEO Techniques Can Help Your Business

Search engine optimization (SEO) has been a moving target since its early beginnings. As search engines such as Google change the way they rank and display sites in a search result, business owners and web developers have to evolve in order to keep their site at the top. There are several techniques that can help your site improve its SEO ranking. “Today, successful SEO strategies have to incorporate diverse components including brand building, mobile optimization, content marketing and social media integration,” according to Jayson Demers of Entrepreneur.com. While that’s a big list to...

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