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Articles by Fredric Paul
posted in March 2009
Retailers, restaurants, and other businesses who serve the public are already scrambling to figure out how to deal with online review sites like Yelp, Angie's List, TripAdvisor, and others. Now social networking giant MySpace has upped the ante by cutting a deal with Citysearch.
It might seem easy to dismiss Intel's new Xeon 5500 Series processors (code-named Nahelem) as expensive toys for high-performance computing and large enterprises. But despite the launch's concentration on big companies, the new chips also promise to deliver faster, more energy-efficient options at small-business-friendly prices.
Lack of interopability between vendors' systems has long been a thorn in the side of both Unified Communications and Telepresence. At VoiceCon this week, though, Cisco is moving to let its products work better with vendors -- and that could help spur interest in both technologies, especially among smaller companies.
Microsoft has added Windows Home Server to the Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN), and ChannelWeb expects the move to spur developers to come up with small business applications for the software.
Just as consumer technology is trickling up to small and midsize businesses, business technology is also trickling down to so-called "prosumers." Case in point is Synology's new line of Network Attached Storage (NAS) units.
"Companies spend way too much on IT infrastructure. It consumes way too much time, resources and money." Those aren't our words, they're Dell's -- uttered at the roll out of a new series of Nehalem-based 11th Generation PowerEdge servers, EqualLogic PS6000 series storage arrays, and consulting services all intended to offer more performance and lower total cost of ownership.
The startup offers a hybrid on-premesis/cloud approach to backup, archiving, and disaster recovery for companies in the "underserved" market between SOHO outfits and the enterprise.
KACE Virtual Kontainers -- love the spelling -- is designed to remove application conflicts and make it easier for companies to roll out and update software.
If you still didn't think Twitter had arrived as a serious marketing platform, it's time to think again. Salesforce.com is continuing its relentless drive to incorporate all aspects of social networking with Salesforce CRM for Twitter.
The short answer? Small businesses are looking for new customers! And where do they get info on what to buy? Online referrals and search top the list.
On the face of it, that question may seem ridiculous. But for at least one midsize company, the answer already is "Yes!" Take a peek at the benefits -- and the risks -- raised by Serena Software's bold social-networking experiment.
What's the best way for your small or midsize comapny to spend its marketing dollars: advertising or building out your company Web site? According to a new report, SMBs are voting with their balance sheets, as "non-advertising" efforts by SMBs is expected to triple in the next few years, while remaining a fraction of overall ad spending.
As you may or may not have noticed, over the past couple weeks, bMighty.com has debuted a new daily news feature designed to keep small and midsize companies up to date on the latest developments that affect their business decisions and their technology choices.
When the going gets tough, the tough... print less. Oh, and they cut back on office supplies, too.
The New York Times is wringing its hands over jurors checking the Web during trials, leading to a rash of mistrials. But the Times' story gets the point almost completely backwards. The fault isn't with the technology, or with the jurors. It's with an arrogant, controlling legal system living in a dream world that ignores fundamental changes in the way people access information.
Defining Small Business Innovation -- a research brief released today -- once again drives home the point that small businesses must innovate to survive. I couldn't agree more, but would place more emphasis on technology as the key to making innovation happen.
The Obama Administration plans to funnel up to $20 billion from the stimulus plan into efforts to aid small businesses in a broad package of initiatives to be announced on Monday.
At bMighty, we like to say that Small Is The New Large. It seems that liberal mouthpiece The Huffington Post got the message, with business writer Lynda Resnick proclaiming that Big Is No Longer Best.
No, I don't mean the very best Bluetooth headset of all times, I mean one headset that you can use with your mobile phone, office desk phone, and VoIP-equipped PC.
In the future, all communications will be handled via texting. For now, we'll have to make do with filling out our expense reports via text message, courtesy of TextHog.
I've spent the last few months relying on Windows 7 as my primary computing platform for my home office. Like many former Vista users, I'm happy I made the transition. But Windows XP diehards may be harder to convince.
What is with the idea of putting multimedia functions into office desk phones? Cisco introduced one earlier this year, and now Polycom is rolling out the VVX 1500, complete with Web browser!
The new Inkjet printers introduced by HP this week promise cost-per-page figures significantly lower than laser printers, and hugely less expensive than consumer Inkjets. Having just paid $2,438,878.42 for a new color cartridge for my home printer, I wanted to know how this was possible.
At Hewlett Packard's Small and Medium Business Event this week, the company told intriguing stories about its green initiatives. I was duly impressed, but I couldn't stop thinking about one of the claims...
When I visited Cisco's Silicon Valley campus this week, I saw a videoconferencing application I had never heard of before. But it wasn't in some super-secret press-only demonstration -- it was in the lobby!
"This is not business as usual. This is not just like a bad day." Those simple statements from HP vice president Duncan Campbell set the tone as various parts of HP came together today to present a cross-company SMB marketing strategy -- along with a collection of new products, services, and offers. The unifying element was the giant company's attempt to remain relevant to smaller companies struggling to get through the economic crisis.
Announced last November, the oft-delayed Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility, or TALF, will finally write its first loans on March 25. The goal is to free up $1 trillion in consumer and small business lending.
Today's upgrade of Device Manager 4.0, the management software HP supplies with its thin-client computers, also provided an opportunity to discuss why thin clients haven't won the hearts and minds of small and midsize companies.
NetGear, best known for its wireless LAN products, continues its expansion into new markets with the release of ReadyNAS Vault -- cloud-based backup and disaster recovery integrated into the company's ReadyNAS storage products. But if online backup is so great, why do you need the in-house device at all?