Table: Tools For The Information Age
LOCAL-AREA If the business is big enough to have several computers, NETWORKS link them together in networks that allow coworkers to easily share information and computing resources. PORTABLE Notebook computers can keep the salesforce plugged into COMPUTERS the home of fice. Handheld data terminals and personal digital assistants can be had for a few hundred dollars and can be used by low-skilled workers to gather data in the field. E-MAIL A cheap and easy way to stay in touch with customers and suppliers. Small businesses can buy electronic-mail ser- vices from telephone companies or use the Internet through a variety of providers including online services such as CompuServe, America Online, or Prodigy. FAX Don't want to stand at the fax machine all day sending faxes? Convert a PC to a "fax server" that can do the job of a dozen separate fax machines--and relay incoming fax messages to any computer on the network. An alter- native: use a fax service such as AT&T Mail to do the job for you. GROUPWARE Even a small business with 100 to 200 employees can ben- efit from groupware programs such as Lotus Notes. It's a good way for employees to swap information and collaborate. DATA: BUSINESS WEEK
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