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posted in February 2009
Earlier this week, I wrote about a Siemens study that identified the top 6 communications pain points for SMBs. Today, I heard from a UC expert who offered some interesting insight into the topic -- especially on the impact of smartphones on unified commications.
Remember the kerfuffle last week over Facebook's unannounced changes in its terms of service? The ones that seemed to say Facebook owns anything you put up on the service, even after after you cancel your account? The ones that the company hurriedly rolled back when folks complained? Well, Facebook now has a new approach: It's a
You know that annoying Facebook meme going around where people you hardly know shared way more than you ever wanted to learn about them? And you know how it's finally died down and you thought you were safe? Well, think again: here are 25 Random Things About bMighty.com, the InformationWeek Business Technology Network's site for small and midsize busineses.
Small business got a lot of attention on the Presidential campaign trail last year, but they've seemed kind of invisible in Washington since then. Until last night, that is, when President Obama finally shared the love with entrepreneurs and small business owners. But despite the glowing rhetoric, it's not at all clear that business owners will get what they what they really want out of the administration.
Now that the Mardi Gras parties are over, Catholics (and others) are looking at 40 days of Lent, with self-denial replacing wild exuberance. Well, here's a modest proposal: why not give up some seductive technologies that may waste more time than they save? bMighty.com came up with 8 likely candidates.
Did you know that power issues come in separate flavors, and that you need different kinds of UPS systems to deal with different kinds of power problems?
When Coghead revealed last week that it was going out of business, it left users of applications based on its Platform as a Service products scrambling for a new direction. Not surprisingly, it hasn't taken long for competing PaaS vendors to jump in -- but will once-burned users be twice shy about adopting other PaaS environments?
Thereï¿¼s been a lot of buzz lately about how social networking services hold dangers for small and midsize businesses. Yelp in particular continues to come under fire from SMBs who say the company has promised to hide bad reviews ï¿¼ if they advertise with the service.
The demise of platform-as-a-service vendor Coghead is being described as a "debacle" and a "disaster" for the small and midsize companies who were using applications built on Coghead's cloud-based platform. Here's the story from the trenches.
The demise of Platform as a Service (PaaS) vendor Coghead is being described as a "debacle" and a "disaster" for the small and midsize companies who were using applications built on Coghead's cloud-based platform. Here's the story from the trenches.
At bMighty.com, we love netbooks because they're small, portable, and cheap. Consumers love 'em too, obviously, but what do real businesses actually use them for?
Facing outrage from its users, Facebook has backed off on changes it recently introduced to its Terms of Service (TOS) that claimed ownership of all material in perpetuity, even after users terminated their accounts. But the underlying issues of who controls what your company puts on Facebook aren't going away so easily.
Half of all small business owners are already doing it, according to a new Staples survey. Moreover, two thirds are willing to give up "dining out, entertainment, and vacations to ensure job stability."
The remote-support service is designed to let small business and even individuals and small businesses offer online technical support over the Web, with no software installations required.
Businesses using Facebook for marketing or other purposes need to be aware of a change to the service's Terms of Service -- basically, they own anything you put up there, even if you close your account.
bMighty has always been a fan of smaller companies leveraging Web 2.0 techniques for guerilla marketing. But we know that there's a dark side of Web 2.0 as well, as illustrated by the rising tide of lawsuits surrounding negative posts -- especially on Yelp.
If you work at a small or midsize business, you probably haven't seen a so-called "thin client" for a long, long time. If you've ever even heard of them, you may have thought they were almost extinct, living on only in the dusty corners of huge bureaucratic organizations that never got the memo about personal computers. Well, Wyse Technology says they're ba-a-a-ck! Sort of.
Did you know that how big your company is can determine whether you should get your disaster recovery as Software as a Service (Saas), as software, or as a managed software?
In the current recession, buying computer equipment for your company is starting to resemble shopping for a car. When I see companies offering 0% financing, I usually assume they're offering deals on a new Ford Taurus or Toyota Camry. But Dell has just joined HP in no-interest SMB lease promotions.
Oracle Senior Vice President Tony Kender tells bMighty what midmarket companies are looking for in today's turbulent economy.
Over at Salesforce.com, they seem to have a cloud for just about everything. Just last month the company launched the "Service Cloud" and its Spring 09 release is all about the "Sales Cloud."
As we get closer to Valentine's Day, your heart may be turning to warm and fuzzy feelings of tender affection. That's cool, but don't leave tech out in the cold! bMighty presents 11 technologies and trends worthy of IT love, and you might find some of them a bit surprising.
At bMighty.com, we like to say that technology doesn't just level the playing field for small and midize companies, it can actually tilt it in their favor. Well, that may be true for technology, but InformationWeek Senior VP Bob Evans describes a case that demonstrates when it comes to regulatory and legal matters, size still matters.
Oracle says midmarket companies need three things in their software solutions: 1) industry-specific approaches, 2) partners who know their industry, and 3) easy implementation.
Most people know Box.net for its free online storage service, but for the past year, the company has been remaking itself into a content management provider for small and midsize companies. And on Thursday it's adding social-software features and a people-oriented interface in an attempt to create a centralized workspace for the sharing of content and information within a company.
As the bad economic news continues to accumulate, Linux offers hope to cash-strapped businesses everywhere. That's why bMighty has put together a uniquely useful set of how-to guides that can help you choose which Linux distro is right for your company's needs, show you exactly how to make the move, and even point you to the best places to get free Linux help. And a new one posted today!
Gmail today added a new "Move To" feature that instantly moves a message out of the Inbox. Add that to the offline features added last week, and program is becoming an ever-more credible competitor to traditional email programs for small and midsize companies.
By most accounts, the economy continues its death spiral. But even amidst the ongoing turmoil, smaller companies are showing signs of hope -- relatively speaking anyway.