Monthly Archives: March 2014

Brio at Google Global Partner Summit 2014

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Global Partner Summit

The Google endeavor of helping organizations, schools and government bodies through technology solutions such as Google Apps, Google Search Appliance, Google Maps and Earth, and Google Cloud Platform is largely facilitated by its partners around the world. To bring the partners together at one place, Google started holding Global Partner Summit annually since 2013. The Google Global Partner Summit 2014 saw a diverse community of more than 700 Google IT partners assemble at San Francisco, in a bid to strengthen the relationships between Google and Google Apps Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).

Representing Brio, I felt proud to have participated in the annual event, which brought together Google’s current partners – Google Apps, Search, Maps for Business, Cloud Platform and Chrome. I was a part of the two-member team that represented Brio at the meeting of Google Services Partners coming from various backgrounds, specialties, and geographies.

At the summit, Google declared that its service partner community is now over 10,000 members,a number that increased from 6,000 just a year and a half ago. Unsurprisingly therefore, the event was attended by over 700 attendees from the leading Enterprise partner companies from around the globe.

The takeaway of the event was a detailed discussion on Google’s plans for this year and getting to meet our partners in the Google ecosystem from around the world. The company also offered insights about the introduction its technology track for the Google Apps Partner Program at the occasion.

Farhan Syed and I (Abdul Muneem) got a chance to meet with our peers in the ever growing Google Partners community with delegates coming from Japan, Europe, Latin America, Australia, India, and several cities across the USA and beyond.  You can catch a glimpse of our amazing experience at the summit through this small video:

The summit was an opportunity for us to get exposed to the vast pool of ideas and innovations that Google resellers, partners and technology specialists brought on board. We hope Google’s new technology partner track attracts other new ISVs to the Google Apps ecosystem and helps build a greater knowledge base.

Brio and all the other partners are able to take this relationship with our customers a long. The experiences and learning from the discussions at the event that we have brought back with us will help us design some innovative strategies for building expertise in the form of new Google products as the year progresses. With such high morale, let us work through 2014 hoping that  way.

We’re incredibly grateful to the amazing partner ecosystem as a whole to have come together for such a wonderful learning experience. Brio thanks all the partners and software vendors to have invested their time, money and expertise in helping customers benefit from the Google way of thinking. Thank you all for making this event such a tremendous learning experience!

Career Growth Working In Small and Medium Businesses

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When deciding the course of your career, searching for the right job and finding a good fit in the organization is very important for personal satisfaction and deriving fulfilment from the job. Deciding upon the kind of the company—an established brand name or a small business—that you want to join can be the first step in this direction for aspirants seeking their dream jobs.

Generally, people prefer to work for well-known companies, who have a big market presence mostly for the high salaries that they offer along with the standard accompanying benefits package such as private healthcare, insurance cover, bonus, pension and so on. Moreover, blue chip companies tend to offer greater job security as compared to small companies during conditions such as recession or economic slowdowns.

But, small and medium businesses (SMB) are often the main pillar of an economy. According to the Small Business Administration—a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses—64 percent of the new jobs created between 1993 and 2011 were offered by small businesses. In many of the world’s developing economies, SMBs account for more than 90 percent of all the listed firms, contribute about 50 percent of the gross national product, and employ about 60 percent of the working population. According to the Enterprise Directorate, SMBs offer 58.7 percent of all the employment avenues in the UK.

SMBs represent the fastest growing sector of the economy. Here are the reasons why you should consider working for a small company over a larger one.

  • Getting to know yourself: Getting to know for sure, the area you would like to focus on in your career path, is a tricky proposition. Working for an SMB gives you the advantage of getting to work in various domains so that you can decide which function or domain you are good at.

  • Greater fulfilment from work: In an SMB, you get to carry out a number of different tasks and function in many areas of the business. SMBs give you the opportunity to acquire new skills and discover your hidden potential. This provides greater job satisfaction, more wide-ranging and interesting job roles, and in turn, less chances of stagnation.

  • Employee contribution and sense of ownership: Seeing your ideas being implemented and contributing to projects from start to finish makes people feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for the success of the company. Employees see themselves as a part of the family, which makes them feel like contributing to the well-being of the organization.

  • Power to take decisions: With lesser number of layers and almost flat organizational structures, people who work in carry tend to have the liberty to work independently and take small decisions by themselves.

  • Easy Recognition: It is easier to be recognized for your work and contribution because of the small business that you work for. Top management and owners can easily notice your hard work and its contribution to the organization.

  • Approachable Management Team: The flat structure of SMEs makes it possible to work in close coordination with the senior management for any guidance. This contributes for a greater learning experience at work.

  • Changing with the changes of the business environment: The smaller size of the organization and lesser number of employees makes it possible to recognize the changes in the volatile business environment, take fast decisions, and quickly adopt those changes.

  • Experiment more: It becomes easier to implement creative ideas and experiment with innovative ways to do things with the kind of simple reporting structures that these organizations have.

  • Interesting benefits: There is scope for newer and interesting ways to award the employees with interesting perks, which can work wonders to boost the morale of the close knit familial structures that are characteristic of an SMB.

Ultimately, the learning and experience that you gain during your work is more important than the size of the company that you choose to work for. Growth in the corporate world is sure to follow you if you create a positive goodwill in your stint with the company, irrespective of its size. Go for small to make it big!

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The Benefits of Online Payroll for Business

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The increased use of technology in business, has urged many companies to outsource their payroll component to payroll service providers for efficient processing and staying focused on core business. It may become quite complex when payroll processing is outsourced by companies with a large number of employees and many work options such as part-timers, hourly paid workers, temporary staff, full time workers, work from home employees, skilled employees, administrators and managerial level employees.

OnlinePayrollA major concern for small businesses is to ensure that employees are paid in a timely and accurate way. In this age of technology, when there are digital systems to track almost everything you can think of, from bank transactions to parcels, and patient records to inventory levels, it is indeed a good decision to move to automated online payroll processing.

Online payroll systems are convenient for small enterprises who wish to expand their horizons in the near future without having to worry about system upgrades or maintenance. While manual processing of payrolls would mean more chances of human errors, slow work progress, and more costs to the company, these services are offered with optimum cost-efficiencies if outsourced to reliable service providers.

Let us have a look at the advantages of moving to an online payroll service provider.

Better resource utilization: Switching to online payroll processing helps save a lot of time and effort. It also helps in minimizing the risk of human error in calculation. Manual processing takes a lot of time for whoever is doing it to calculate the number of hours and days that employees put in, special pay for overtime, vacation, sick pay, leaves, and bonuses. Companies using automated payroll systems can channelize their human resource budget effectively on critical activities such as business development and delivering quality work.

Integration: Payroll systems also help to integrate an employee’s personal data with the rest of the company’s financials. Data about all the employees’ annual leave, sick leave, performance records and correspondence if integrated with the company’s financial liabilities and tax filings can save the company the cost of a separate software package for recording additional types of information.

Sharing Information: Online Payroll enables you to share critical information without any efforts. Employees can access the payslips, leave and attendance information from any where any time. Having a transparent payroll system which both employees and employers trust is critical for any organization of any size.

Easy tax payments: This can be said to be one of the major advantage of using an online tax payroll system. These service providers are not just about the reminders and calculation part of a company’s taxation liabilities but also provide signature-ready forms with the required data extracted and filled in.

Simplify other company operations: Automated payroll processing can also help to manage other organizational operations efficiently. Such operations may include:

  • global changes to employee data from anywhere
  • hassle free electronic fund transfers
  • manage employee loans in a periodic manner
  • calculate staff costs and budgets online

Cut down the Cost to the Company: If done manually, employee payrolls can incur hidden costs that can be easily avoided by using an efficient and effective system. The time that some employees will spend to manually prepare employee payrolls can be used to help build your business. This will eventually result into increased employee productivity and profits for the company even after accounting for the money spent to automate the process of payroll management.

Reminders for all sorts of Deadlines: Automated payroll processing service providers help to keep track of all the deadlines as an add-on advantage. Investing in one such service means that no tax deadlines are missed and no laws are violated as a result of changing government regulations.

Leverage outside Payroll Expertise: By investing in online payroll service providers, even small businesses can take advantage of expertise to help them keep up with constantly changing regulations, withholding rates, and government forms—an advantage that was previously available only to big players of the market.

Looking at these benefits of moving to online payroll automation providers can be said to be a wise management decision in terms of absolute return on investment to the company in terms of money, time, effort, taxation penalties and employee leave management.