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posted in September 2007
I spent yesterday morning moderating a bMighty.com Webcast on Business Mobility: Best Practices For Small and Midsize Companies. It was fascinating in many ways, but I was especially interested in the results of the live polls we conducted among the attendees.
The players may be big, but NBA teams surely qualify as small to mid-size businesses. And that's my excuse to write about the Utah Jazz creating a social networking blog on its official blog site.
The DEMO show is a great place to learn about brand new companies working on new brand new technologies. And this fall a significant number of the announcements are aimed at small and midsize companies.
Microsoft Office ain't cheap, but most companies have viewed it as necessary expense for just about every office worker. Lower cost and even free alternatives haven't made much of a dent in Office's dominance. But IBM's new Lotus Symphony may change all that -- for some companies.
If your company supports multiple models of cellphones and smartphones, you probably have to support an equal number of chargers. But the Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP) promises an end to that annoying expense.
Yesterday, I blogged about how small companies planned to boost their IT spending. We'll today I took a look at the full research report behind that stat, and noticed something else interesting: the top criteria small companies use to select an IT reseller or service provider.
Our friends over at VARBusiness concentrate on companies selling to small and midsize companies, which occasionally leads to insights about those resellers customers. Here's one: A recent survey of resellers suggests smaller companies may not be as "cheap" as they used to be when it comes to IT purchases.
InformationWeek continues to address the issue of Apple in business. this time, it's online editor-in-chief Tom Smith blogging that a recent Information survey helps explain why Apple's buzz isn't translating to sales in the business market.
Seems like our colleagues over at InformationWeek are becoming obsessed with Apple. My friend Mitch Wagner has just posted The Complete, Unvarnished, Slightly Biased Apple Buyers' Guide, and it's a useful overview for companies considering making a switch Wintel to Mac.
Sitting in a ballroom in a fancy San Francisco hotel this morning, an audience of IT folks from small and midsize companies raised their hands to confirm that storage and backup were their biggest concerns for the coming year.
The deck was stacked, of course, as the occasion was Dell's announcement of the MD3000i storage area network (SAN) array.
Apple certainly is hip these days. What with iPhones and iTouches and iPods with 160GB hard drives and GarageBand and all that cool stuff. But is Apple still a player in the business market, specifically the small and midsize business market?
Last week, I posted about how Acer's purchase of Gateway might affect small and midsize business PC buyers.
Today, I got a press release announcing that Gateway is selling off its Professional business segment to MPC Corporation.
If your small or midsize company is about to buy a bunch of new notebook computers, you might want to hold off a bit. According to InformationWeek, next year should bring an noticable increase in technology innovation leading to better, cheaper, faster, more-useful laptops.
The folks at SmallBusinessHub are saying that all small businesses should have blogs. I think that may be going a little overboard, but blogs do offer lots of advantages for many smaller companies. And it's really not that hard.