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posted in February 2009

Smartphones Alter Unified Communications Equation

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.

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25 Random Things About...!

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, the InformationWeek Business Technology Network's site for small and midsize busineses.

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bMighty vs. Bernanke - Obama Finally Steps Up For Small Businesses. But Will It Be Enough?

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.

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Give Up Technology For Lent?

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? came up with 8 likely candidates.

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PaaS Vendors Swarm Former Coghead Customers

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?

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Yelp Controversies Just Wont Go Away

Theres 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  if they advertise with the service.

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Coghead's Collapse: Memo From The Trenches

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.

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Facebook Rewinds Terms Of Service Changes

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.

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Would You Cut Your Own Pay To Save Jobs?

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."

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Beware Facebook's New Terms Of Service

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.

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Web 2.0 Postings Boost Threat To Small Businesses

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.

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Will Virtualization Bring Thin Clients To SMBs?

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.

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Crisis Survival Kit: Dell Jumps On The 0% Financing Bandwagon

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.

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Salesforce Debuts The "Sales Cloud"

Over at, 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."

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Trademark SNAFU Shows That Sometimes, It's Better To Be Big Than Right

At, 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.

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Cloud Storage Meets Social Software In New For SMBs

Most people know 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.

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Time To Embrace Linux - Updated!

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!

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