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Become your office’s Excel wizard with this $39 training bundle [Deals]


Take a deep dive into one of the most powerful applications for business and number-crunching.
Take a deep dive into one of the most powerful applications for business and number-crunching.
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Excel is one of the most commonly used programs in workplaces around the world. And with good reason: Microsoft’s spreadsheet software is an immensely powerful tool for tracking and analyzing data at a massive scale.

Whether you already use Excel, or want to get started, the tips in this educational bundle will prove priceless.

You don’t need a lawyer to create legally binding documents


Use Eversign to create legally binding documents.
Don't waste any more time, paper or ink on legally binding documents.
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We live in the age of freelancing and side gigs, which means lots of contracts and agreements that need to be legally solid. Used to be you’d hire a lawyer to create documents that would pass legal muster — or at least a pen and paper for an official John Hancock. But this is the future, and we don’t need analog documents or lawyers for handling binding agreements.

This cloud-based Apple device management solution coordinates the moving parts of any mobile workforce


Jamf Now makes it easy for any business to establish and operate a network of Apple mobile devices.
Bushel makes it easy for any business to establish and operate a network of Apple mobile devices.
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Work has gone mobile, and businesses large and small must now keep up with the growing number of devices used by their employees to get the job done. Maybe you’re a contractor keeping track of repair crews from a field office Mac, or a store owner with iPhone-enabled inventory runners. Or maybe you run a coffee shop using iPads to process sales.

There are many reasons you might want a mobile-enabled workforce, and a lot of ways to go about setting one up, but many of them are quite expensive.

Freelancers will appreciate this invoicing innovation


Invoicely takes the pain out of invoicing.
Invoicely takes the pain out of invoicing.
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With the exploding number of freelancers and independent business owners, we might need to rework an old phrase to say, “Nothing is certain but death, taxes and invoices.”

Keeping track of which clients need to pay you, and which vendors need paying, is a mind-numbing but necessary part of surviving in today’s economy. Many of us utilize our own DIY systems for invoicing. But Invoicely — a free, cloud-based service designed for freelancers that can scale up to work for businesses of all sizes — delivers handy features that make invoicing the least of your worries.

Why Apple’s IBM partnership was the biggest tech news of 2014


Steve Jobs and IBM
A lot has changed since Steve Jobs flipped off IBM 30 years ago. Photo: Andy Hertzfeld
Photo: Andy Hertzfield

2014 will go down as one of the biggest years in Apple history. The stock hit record highs. The company’s first wearable was revealed. And Apple dropped $3 billion on its biggest acquisition ever. But of all the huge news Apple dropped in the last 12 months, nothing is likely to have as big an impact as the previously unthinkable announcement that Apple and IBM buried the hatchet and partnered up.

The move was significant not only for the historic aspect of the two rival tech titans uniting, but also for how it will impact all of us in the workplace. In his final note of the year, top Apple analyst Horace Dediu dubbed the IBM partnership “the most significant technology news of 2014.”

That may sound ridiculous considering how much hype Apple Watch is getting ahead of its release, but Dediu points to the first wave of apps created by the partnership. These offer an early indication of just how transformative the relationship could be. For the first time, enterprise apps are being designed for their users (the employees) rather than their employers.

Just take a look at the difference between IBM’s new Expert Tech app compared to the closest equivalent from Oracle, and see which one you’d rather work with: