Posts Tagged ‘Management’

3 Simple Money Management Tools for Real Estate Pros

June 24th, 2014

Successful broker-owners and managers need to keep close track of their income and expenses—both to set financial goals and to manage the daily operation of their business.

Today’s financial software can synch between your computer and mobile devices for easy tracking and consolidate all of your accounts for budgeting and monitoring. You’ll be able to see income and spending, debt and investments, accounting and payroll, and various bank accounts all in one place. Plus, you can control notifications from the apps and programs to notify you if a problem arises.

Here are three money management tools that will keep a small business on track:


This online service, which offers both personal and business accounts, lets you import your various bank and credit card accounts to track daily spending. The mobile app (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows) comes with SmartScan, where you can import receipts after simply snapping their picture. You can consolidate your receipts from other programs such as Dropbox, Evernote, and even your e-mail inbox. The application creates charts and graphs to further help you analyze your financial picture.

While these basic features are free, Expensify charges $6 per user (after the first two users) to run financial data reports using the business account. Brokers can categorize expenses and reimburse employees via direct deposit, PayPal, or payroll. The service can integrate with accounting, payroll, or CRM software.


Quicken’s Home & Business software organizes all your financial information in one place, offers bill reminders, identifies your spending categories, and helps you set up a budget. The software also helps you budget for goals or retirement or set up debt reduction plans.

Whether you’re running a brokerage or handing your own sales business, the program helps you find tax-deductible business expenses and offers is a direct export to your TurboTax account. It costs $114.99 for either a direct download or a CD-ROM. Separately, Quicken offers property manager software, tax preparation, accounting software, payroll services, merchant services, and mobile credit card processing.

ZoHo Books

Zoho Books is accounting software for small businesses that allows you to accept online payments, track invoices, and track expenses.

You can break your reports into specific projects, manage customers and suppliers, assign roles to various users (administrators, staff, and so on) and prepare financial reports. And, of course, you’ll be able to manage all of your bank and credit card accounts in one place. It costs $24 per month.


Enterprise Social Media Management Software 2014: A Marketer’s Guide – Now Updated

June 13th, 2014

Trying to manage social media within an enterprise organization? If so, you’re probably using some sort of software tool to help automate the process. As large organizations continue to embrace social media, it’s virtually impossible to be effective without using some sort of software platform to manage and analyze your efforts.

The choices of software platforms are many and varied: do you go with a large platform that’s part of an integrated marketing suite, or do you go with something smaller that might be more in line with your department’s needs?

Are you using a legacy software that you have outgrown? Or is management reviewing its options?

Marketing Land’s sister site, Digital Marketing Depot, has recently released the 3rd edition of the popular report, Enterprise Social Media Management Software 2014: A Marketer’s Guide.

The report – like the other Market Intelligence Reports from Digital Marketing Depot – is designed to help marketers break down the decision-making process when it comes to adopting marketing technology. It address questions such as:

What do these tools do?
How can they help me and my organization – which one’s best for me?
What’s going on in the overall marketplace for this software?
Who are the leading vendors and what capabilities do they provide?
How do I get started in the process for identifying and adopting this software?
What’s it likely to cost for my organization?

Find out how the explosion in video content is affecting social media and social media management; why mobile optimization has become a must-have (vs. nice-to-have) capability; and, what the social networks have done in the past year to improve social analytics. The report includes profiles of 16 vendors and the products/services they offer.


HP Debuts SDN Management Software, Switches

June 10th, 2014

HP on Monday announced August availability for an SDN application to deploy virtual isolated networks that span both physical and virtual nets. The application is designed for multi-tenant cloud environments.

HP also announced new switches optimized for the software, and services to help companies implement SDN.

The HP Virtual Cloud Networking SDN Application is designed for carriers needing to deploy cloud services to multiple enterprise customers and keep them separate and secure from each other, as well as for enterprises that need to deploy cloud services for individual business units.

The software and new switch are part of HP’s broader SDN strategy, which includes SDN-optimized switches and routers, as well as two previous announced apps, Protector and Optimizer, to secure and optimize SDNs, says Kash Shaikh, global marketing leader, HP Networking. The new SDN application runs on top of HP’s SDN Controller. (See HP’s Building an SDN App Store, HP Beefs Up Its SDN Portfolio)

The new SDN application complements VMware NSX, which provides similar deployment and management capabilities for virtual networks, Shaikh said.

VCN is part of HP Helion OpenStack, which is based on the open source OpenStack with increased scalability up to 1,000 virtual machines.

If HP’s promise to manage physical and virtual networks together sounds familiar, it may be because Cisco is touting similar capabilities in its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). However, ACI requires the Cisco Nexus switch to run, whereas HP’s Virtual Cloud Networking application will run on any OpenFlow enabled switch (although HP, of course, has its own switches as well), Shaikh says.

Cisco CEO and Chairman John Chambers trash-talked HP last month, predicting a “brutal” consolidation among tech industry leaders and pointing to HP as one of the companies not likely to survive. (See Cisco’s Chambers Predicts ‘Brutal’ Tech Consolidation.)

Of course, neither HP’s Virtual Cloud Networking application nor Cisco ACI are shipping just yet. So basically HP is saying its non-existent product is better than the competition’s non-existent product. I mentioned that to Shaikh; he replied that the HP software is nearly done, and that HP’s controller is shipping while Cisco’s is not.

FlexFabric Switches
HP’s new FlexFabric datacenter 7900 switches support OpenFlow and VXLAN and are optimized for minimum space, power, and cooling requirements. The 7904 has four slots with 12 40GB ports each for a total 48 ports in a 2RU form factor, while the 7910 has 120 ports in a 4RU form factor. The 7900 switch series starts at $55,500, available now.

FlexFabric architecture speeds up the time required to move workloads on VMware vSphere vMotion by up to 80% compared with spanning tree protocols. The FlexFabric is optimized for east-west traffic, rather than north-south, Shaikh says.

HP also introduced new HP Trusted Network Transformation services for customers making the transition to SDN. It is “an end-to-end approach on de-risking the journey for the customer for the actual transformation itself,” says Kitty Chow, worldwide portfolio marketing manager, HP Mobility and Networking Technology Services.

Let us pause to admire that phrase, paying particular attention to the words “de-risking the journey.”

With the services offering, HP will work with customers on eliminating downtime while changing technologies, putting processes in place in case problems crop up, and changing the corporate culture to take advantage of SDN. When HP implemented SDN in its own data centers, it made the cut-over in less than 48 hours, transitioning 120 live servers with no downtime, Chow says.


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