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Steps for internal
software reviews

1) Collect and review all software acquisition records and licensing agreements. 2) Select a date for the review. Evenings and weekends are the least disruptive. 3) Decide whether employees will be notified in advance, and send out an explanatory memo ...

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Information Technology: Cyber pirates

Portal Software Inc. was typical of many U.S. companies. As the successful company grew, it failed to keep up with the number of licensed copies of a software program it bought. Unlike “software pirates” looking to cut costs, however, Portal’s ...

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Shareware fits the needs
of most small businesses

There might be no such thing as a free lunch, but free software and free tryouts of software are plentiful. Both freeware and shareware can give the owner of a small business or a home business a chance to try ...

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Small Business: Virtual office

Twin Advertising Inc. employs more than a dozen employees and has annual sales of more than $2 million. But owner John Galbraith is usually the only worker to be found at the firm’s Brighton office. The others work from their ...

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Researching consulting firms
can save headaches

Asking for help is oftentimes hard for anyone to do, especially for entrepreneurs who tightly hold the reins of their businesses. It also can be a humbling experience and a stressful one, considering–as one small-business manager put it–the “premium” placed ...

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Cubicles beating closed
doors in today’s offices

Corporate America is opening its doors, so to speak. Its interior walls are coming down. Ceilings are being lifted. Frame after frame of glass windows that surround offices and buildings reflect not only the sun’s rays, but the trend of ...

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Real Estate & Construction:
The Kodak factor

Call it the Kodak factor. Downsizing by Eastman Kodak Co. ripples out in the Rochester community hitting other industries in a spreading ring of ancillary effect. Unemployed Kodak workers, for example, have trouble making home payments or put their houses ...

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Bankers view technology
as way to grow services

Many times, technology is seen as a bite against traditional, personal service. When banks in some large cities tried to introduce computerized tellers, customers balked. Yet, bit by bit, computerized tools are becoming an essential part of a bank’s competitive ...

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Banking & Finance:
Cutting out the middleman

Public companies looking for inexpensive ways to raise capital or create brand loyalty have found a way to go straight to investors with stock. Direct-purchase plans allow investors to buy even a relatively small amount of stock from the company ...

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Consortium deciding fate of
area residency programs

The number and types of medical residents at local hospitals and clinics will change over the next few years, as the local health care community tries to deal with significant cuts in funding. The state’s shift from mandatory to market-driven ...

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Billing limits spelled out
in Medicare guidelines

Recent developments in Congress and the courts should be a reminder to both physicians and patients alike that there are limitations on the amounts that physicians may bill Medicare patients. Failure to understand these limits can put the billing physician ...

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More physicians splitting time
between patients, paperwork

More and more doctors are spending time behind a desk or in a boardroom, rather than by an examining table. The American College of Physician Executives’ membership has more than doubled since 1990 reaching 12,800 this year. In 1980, the ...

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Health Care:
Selling good health

However, as physicians organized into group practices, hospital systems became larger and people had more choices as far as insurance, health care marketing has grown into a business of its own–a $5 billion-a-year business, according to industry estimates. In Rochester, ...

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Legislative Outlook:
Keeping tabs on the Internet

The past year saw telecommunications and information technology continue to evolve and converge. Government officials and legislators will spend 1998–and likely beyond–struggling to adapt to those changes. State leaders expect the 1998 legislative sessions to look at ways to handle ...

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Business Council targets
taxes, utility costs for 1998

The 1998 priorities of the Business Council of New York State Inc. are similar to those in other recent years, and range from cutting taxes to controlling utility and insurance costs. Among tax cuts, the council wants to accelerate and ...

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