This guest post has been contributed by Mark Fraser, CEO of zappit Keeping up with the latest mobile technologies can be hard. Owners of small businesses would be forgiven for assuming that technologies such as Quick Response (QR) and Near Field Communication (NFC) are best left to bigger firms that have more resources and a deeper understanding of how they work. They would be wrong though. Related Posts: UK mobile networks team up on handset payments system

The rise of smartphones has fueled an increase in the amount of unpaid overtime worked by British workers, according to research carried out on behalf of mobile security software vendor, Good Technology. The survey of 1000 UK workers found that on average the time they spend checking emails and answering calls outside of office hours amounts to over three weeks of overtime per year. Increasingly, workers view this practice as essential to being able to perform their jobs, with 38 percent of respondents claiming it would be impossible to do their job without mobile access to email. Just 15 percent said they carry separate work and personal devices, in indication that the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend is here[…]

This guest post has been contributed by Simon Hill, CEO of Wazoku In tough economic times, differentiating your business from the competition grows ever more important. One of the most effective way of doing this is through good ideas and innovation – a new product, a new way of using social media, anything that helps your organisation stand out from the crowd. This is especially so for SMEs, who are not only competing with eachother but with larger organisations with more time, money and resources. But the suggestion that one brilliant idea will emerge, fully-formed and ready to transform your business is flawed. Ideas need work and collaboration. Creativity can emerge from anywhere within an organisation and at any time.[…]