From streamlined workloads to greater efficiency, technology has a lot to offer small businesses, but they are often some of the last to adopt, particularly when it comes to new tech. According to Spiceworks’ 2019 State of IT report, adoption rates for emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence or edge computing, are 10 times lower at small businesses when compared with enterprises. In fact, emerging tech had been deployed at only 21 percent of companies with fewer than 100 employees, compared with 40 percent of companies that had more than 5,000 employees, the survey found.
Aside from small budgets and teams, it can be difficult to get a grasp on new tech and exactly what it can do for your business. The best way to get on board with new technologies is, undoubtedly, to understand them, and that’s just what IT bloggers can deliver to small business leaders and IT teams. Luckily, just as we did in 2017 and 2016, BizTech has compiled a list of what we think are the best small business IT blogs on the net. Keeping up with these blogs can offer the link small businesses need to better understand and employ technology, stay secure and keep IT up to snuff while they focus on their business.
We hope you enjoy our list of the 30 Must-Read Small Business IT Blogs. And if you’re one of the 30 chosen, don’t forget to pick up a Must-Read IT Blog badge to post on your site!
Laurie McCabe’s Blog
A regular on our list, Laurie McCabe’s Blog is chock-full of advice on major tech trends as well as useful IT tips. As a co-founder of and partner at the SMB Group, her experience as a well-respected small and medium business IT analyst makes her blog a must-read.
HP Tech Takes
Technology giant HP has been revolutionizing IT for years, and so it follows that they might have a thing or two to say about it. On the company’s blog, HP Tech Takes, knowledgeable contributors cover everything from remote work to product reviews and even the occasional video game recommendation.
The QuickBooks Blog
Every business has certainly heard of the accounting software QuickBooks, but have you checked out their blog? It’s much more than accounting software. Find info on artificial intelligence, automation and more about how to future proof your business on their busy blog.
Mastercard Biz: Small Business Finance Blog
In a world where retail is merging with technology more every day, it can be difficult to know what customers expect when it comes to payment tech. Mastercard’s small business–focused blog is the place to turn. For businesses seeking advice as Black Friday approaches, how to best navigate mobile payments and ways that technology can expand sales, look no further.
Want to get in the weeds when it comes to system administration, cloud computing and development operations? 4sysops, an online community for and by IT professionals maintained by Editor-in-Chief Michael Pietroforte, is an endless font of information on these topics. And for the questions it hasn’t answered yet, it also includes a wiki where the community can discuss hot IT topics.
While this site has a focus on the enterprise C-suite, it certainly doesn’t forget the little guys. Featuring sound advice from business technology influencers and gurus, small businesses can find articles crafted just for them on topics such as forging a healthy relationship with technology or hiring a cybersecurity expert.
The Tech Savvy SMB
Kevin Tea, the author of Tech Savvy SMB, is indeed, tech savvy. As a veteran tech journalist with an impressive resume who cut his teeth working for some of the largest blue chip companies in Europe, Tea’s insights on email, password management and all-things business tech is priceless.
Small Business Trends
New products are released every day. But are they up to snuff? And what do they mean for your business? For answers, look no further than Small Business Trends, founded in 2003 by Anita Campbell, a former corporate attorney and general counsel who later served as CEO of a technology subsidiary of Bell & Howell.
The Networking Nerd
“Come for the networking, stay for the snark,” proudly proclaims Tom Hollingsworth’s Networking Nerd blog. Beyond the snark, Hollingsworth offers his candid take on IT challenges and trends, clearing a path through the marketing and to the truth of technology.
Run by self-proclaimed data and innovation expert Sean Hull, the Scalable Startups blog allows all manner of businesses to tap info about cloud solutions, IT migrations, DevOps and more, translated into posts that let any reader become an IT go-getter.
Small Biz Club
Looking for sound advice on how to start, run and grow a business? Join the club: the Small Biz Club, that is. This blog spans the small business IT landscape, from hardware and software to security and e-commerce, lending practical advice to small business leaders.
Small Business Bonfire
Keep your business alight with this blog from Small Business Bonfire, a “social, educational and collaborative community for entrepreneurs that provides actionable tips and tools.” Check out advice on topics like the cloud, blockchain, recruiting and even tips to make your tech work better (and faster).
Run by “virtualization expert and architect, System Administrator on Linux and Windows OS, network and storage specialist, and teacher,” Andrew Mauro (who also happens to be CTO of an Italian IT company), vInfrastructure Blog is the place to go for those who need advice on virtualization.
Adventures in Automation
Automation is on the tip of everyone’s tongue, but few people are as knowledgeable about it as T.J. Maher, who has worked in the software testing field since 1996. His blog runs the gamut on automation knowledge, from high-level info to the nitty-gritty.
Small Business Labs
Trusted minds in small business are hard to come by, but Small Business Labs is run by two: Steve King and Carolyn Ockels, partners at Emergent Research and senior fellows at the Society for New Communications Research. They use their blog as a platform to provide practical advice on agile project management, robotics, staffing and beyond, chock-full of charts, graphs and plenty of pictures.
Al Iverson’s Spam Resource
We all hate spam, but few of us focus our energy on tracking how to stay on top of the spam onslaught. Luckily, Spam Resource is run by Al Iverson, an email delivery professional at Salesforce, and his blog covers the email universe, with a focus on how to keep dreaded spam and phishing emails out of your inbox.
Run by a trio of systems administrators — Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christine J. Hogan and Strata R. Chalup — this blog tackles exactly what its name promises: everything sysadmins need to know, for those who want in-the-weeds info from actual experts.
Written by Jamie Riedesel, a DevOps engineer at HelloSign and member of the League of Professional System Administrators, this blog doesn’t skimp on info. Along with deep tech advice, it also takes a hard look at diversity in the industry and job market.
the agile admin
Sprung from the minds of a group of experienced web systems administrators and developers — Ernest Mueller, James Wickett, Karthik Gaekwad, and Peco Karayanev — this blog offers a ton of practical advice on IT, focusing on DevOps and branching out to agile operations, cloud computing, infrastructure automation, web security and much more.
Run by tech guru Masha Zvereva, who seeks to introduce all people (but especially women) to the wide realm of technology, this frequently updated blog covers cybersecurity, blockchain, user experience design, front-end versus back-end web development, and of course, coding.