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Articles by Fredric Paul
posted in October 2008
At a recent Silicon Valley event focusing on the economic crisis, famed venture capitalist John Doerr offered up 10 tips on ï¿¼How to manage your start-up in the downturn," but the advice is useful for any business owner.
In the wake of yesterday's announcement of Labs for Google Apps, I just happened to get a chance to sit down with a Google project manager on the apps enterprise team. He offered some insight into the company's plans to differentiate its products.
These days, everyone's talking about saving money on technology, but where do you start? To help, bMighty.com has put together a slide show with a dozen practical ways to shave a few bucks off your IT budget without impacting productivity.
The rANT is becoming seriously confused -- these days it seems like the only certainty is uncertainty. On a day when U.S. consumer confidence dives lower than ever before, the stock market celebrates with its second-largest point gain in history.
Boo! These days, Halloween doesn't hold a candle to the frights technology professionals have to deal with in the so-called real world. To illustrate, bMighty has put together a unique Top 10 List of Horrors that may actually be threatening your company right now.
Well, it seems The rANT might have been a bit premature when we hailed last week's global 1 trillion-euro bailout. Today's 733 nosedive in the Dow made it pretty clear that we are not out of the woods yet.
At today's Cloud Summit in Silicon Valley, SAP CTO Vishal Sikka gave a thoughful analysis of why he thinks cloud computing isn't ready for prime time. But is that an honest assessment or just the stance of traditional software vendor worried about being outflanked?
Siemens' OpenScape Mobility Solution brings together its mobility, wireless, and Unified Communications product lines to create an end to end solution -- along with upgrades to both products.
It seems that the $700 billion US bailout was just too puny to do the job. The global bank bailout proposed this weekend at the G7 conference raised the ante to more than 1 trillion euros, and sent Wall Street soaring. And it's not a moment too soon for business owners, as almost a fifth of US small businesses say the economic conditions threaten their very survival.
You'd think it would be obvious that when you send out a press release, you need to make sure that it can be linked to at a specific permanent URL -- and that URL should be optimized to attract search engines. But even those in the know don't always follow through.
I had the pleasure of talking briefly about bMighty.com at a BtoB NetMarketing Breakfast meeting this week, and a couple of marketing veterans at the San Francisco event gave presentations containing some real insights online digital marketing for business owners. Fortunately, bMighty loves to shareï¿¼
The rANT is learning about arcane new finanical measurements on a daily basis -- and we are not pleased about it. Today's unhappy word is the TED Spread, the difference between what banks pay to borrow from each other for 3 months and what the Treasury pays. TED is going places it has never been before, and they are not good places, which helps explain why the market dived another 679 points today.
The last thing I want hanging around is a 10-year-old e-mail, but both Google and Symantec today announced new developments concerning online e-mail archiving.
OK, so let's get this straight. Mr. Bernanke's Federal Reserve - in concert with central banks around the world -- together took the extraordinary step of cutting global interest rates by half a percentage point. And the reaction is that the market dropped 189 points instead of 508 points like it did yesterday.
An on-demand financial services vendor points to a couple of companies who are betting on cloud computing to cope with the current economic troubles.
Yeah, we know that just yesterday The rANT said that "fluctuations" in the stock market weren't the key indicator in this crisis. But darn it, yet another day of the Dow dropping 500 points makes us nervous.
GoDaddy.com is offering small and midsize businesses mobile and group e-mail plans with Microsoft Outlook, powered by Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. The plans, including Personal Outlook, Outlook with Mobile, and Group Outlook with Mobile, are designed to give SMBs the ability to manage all of their online services from one place.
Last week, The rANT said that we would never know if the bailout worked or not. Not so fast. Turns out that there may be some good indicators after all, but today's sickening collapse in the stock market isn't actually the definitive word.
What's $100 billion among friends? For the House of Representatives, it's the difference between rejecting a bailout bill and passing one. Of course, it's not that they took $100 billion OUT of the bill. Instead, they turned a $700 billion bailout into an $800 billion "rescue package."
Video is a high-impact medium. And with the rise of YouTube and similar free video sites, any size business can take advantage of the power of video for marketing and other purposes.
In the face of the Wall Street meltdown, business owners need all the help they can get. So the bMighty Financial Crisis Survival Kit pulls together the latest news and analysis along with strategies, tips, and tricks to help your company weather the storm and emerge poised for the future.
The proposal for raising the FDIC insurance limit to $250,000 has immediate benefits for small and midsize businesses. But there are hidden risks as well.
The financial meltdown isn't aimed at Web sites, but the folks at Webguild point out that the Internet isn't exactly recession-proof. So they offer 10 tips on how to reduce the impact.
So the Senate actually passes a revised version of the $700B bailout bill that the House rejected, and the market tanks 348 points. What exactly is going on here?
The $360 million deal fills a gap in Hewlett-Packard's iSCSI storage and virtualization offerings, and is largely seen as a response to Dell's purchase of EqualLogic earlier this year.
The financial crisis will have effects far beyond Wall Street, and even beyond Main Street. It's already resonating through cyberspace. Here are some thoughts on how it will impact online business, and how to deal with it.
Everything you always wanted to know about about UPS power and efficiency -- but were afraid to ask.