James O'Brien

James O'Brien

Writer, Reporter, Researcher

James O'Brien covers business, technology, social media, marketing, film, food, wine, the profession of writing, and news. The Nieman Journalism Lab has called his work "sponsored content done right".

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After the Shutdown: SMBs Weigh-In on the Showdown

... we heard a lot from politicians about closed monuments and parks, and about the outrage prompted when those resources weren’t available. But what really happened on the ground? What about the business owners that felt the shutdown’s impact?

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Better Servers through Technology: Submerge Your Infrastructure

What are six words that every department head and director would like to hear from a company’s information-tech department? We can do it for less.

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Big Data: 5 Key Questions Business Owners Need to Ask

Business and tech professionals are talking about big data. A successful big-data project can illuminate new patterns and prompt fresh ideas about a business’s products, services, and customers. Big data is about putting the information you’ve got — and the data you’ll bring in next — to new use.

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Business, Marketing, and Big Data: 5 Key Tips for Bringing Them Together

The explosion of social media and online/mobile commerce over the last few years has created a treasure trove of information.

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Closing the Deal: Mobile Tech Catches Up with the Critical Signature

Deals require a signature, and the signature needs to have reliable legal standing–no matter where, when or with what the deal is done–including mobile.

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Crowdsourcing a Job Online: 3 Tactics on the Cutting Edge

The in-house project has become an online event. Global crowdsourcing has arrived.

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Data Visualization for SMBs: Helping Make Sense of 'Little Data'

Small-business owners are tapping Big Data more than ever before, but their demand for new data-based insights doesn’t mean that they’re immune to the overwhelming effect that a plethora of options and a flood of fresh ideas can bring.

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Growing - Independent Workers Earned $1.2 Trillion in 2013

The independent workforce is up nearly 10% from 2011 — that’s some 18 million professionals generating over one trillion dollars, according to a new report. T

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How the Cloud is Making the Conference Room Obsolete

Part of the experience of working in a world of mobile tech is that your meetings are no longer conference-room bound.

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Internet and Hiring: How Tech Professionals (and SMBs) Can Win

It is the era of the online-market independent.

If the Freelancer Fast 50 report for the end of 2012 tells us anything, it’s that employable skills in the cloud-based world of business are at the center of what hiring managers want.

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Mobile Business 101: Communicate Better, Collaborate Better

What’s more impressive than a mobile workforce 1 billion workers strong?

It’s this: a mobile workforce topping the 1.3-billion member mark.

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Mobile Freelancer, Mobile Entrepreneur: 5 Budget-Friendly Approaches

Entrepreneurs and freelancers manage their businesses online just as much as every other kind of owner and corporate project manager, but they often find themselves working with a limited budget.

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Mobile Pay and the SMB: 3 Tips for Now, How, and the Future

Mobile payment is a new idea for many small-business owners.

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Mobile Security and the SMB: Emerging Strategies and Tools

According to global research firm Forrester, 350 million employees will use smartphones by 2016, with 200 million choosing to bring their own device to work. That’s a lot of points of pressure when it comes to mobile security in the realm of corporate data.

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Online Work is Driving Jobs: Skilled Professionals Leveraging Connectivity

If your work is focused on the games people play, the way they protect their information, or how to sell them the things they want to buy, then a new report says there’s good employment news on the horizon.