Profile of Jake Widman
News & Commentary Posts: 437
Articles by Jake Widman
posted in January 2010
Technology consultants Access Markets International Partners have pointed to six trends among small and medium businesses that, they say, deserve more attention.
SMBs can get 0% lease financing on HP products for either 12-month or 36-month terms, with an option to purchase at the end of the lease. Both programs go into effect on Monday, February 1..
Now that we've all found out what Apple has had up its sleeve all these months, we can start to assess the iPad's usefulness for business more confidently. At least one possible use case is clearly out the window -- at least for now -- but the demo introduced one no one had thought about.
Customer review and survey service RatePoint claims that businesses who use its online testimonial services can resolve 90 percent of customer disputes before they turn into negative reviews. That's one of several pieces of advice the company offers small businesses trying to manage their online reputations.
Small and midsize businesses can get three-year, zero-percent financing on products and services ranging in price up to $250,000.
HP's new SMB Exchange sales team is reported to be ready to entice SMBs with good prices and choice of suppliers.
The Apple tablet computer to be announced next week -- if it's real -- will almost certainly be a sexy beast. But will it hold any practical appeal for business users?
Enterprise communications vendor Aastra has introduced a new SMB-scale IP PBX hardware platform, while Toshiba's Telecommunications Division has announced a software package that supports its Strata CIX IP unified communications systems.
Microsoft and Intuit have announced plans to integrate the two companies' cloud services development platforms to make it easier for software developers to create and market QuickBooks-compatible applications.
WE by Spigit is a small and midsize business version of the company's enterprise-level "innovation software." The platform enables various methods of teamwork and collaboration to identify good ideas from employees.
New entries in Toshiba's laptop line are intended for SMBs, among other markets, and include a redesigned Tecra model and a new quad-core Qosmio.
Lenovo has announced new entries in its ThinkCentre line of desktop PCs. The low-cost A63 is pitched directly to SMBs, while the M90s, while still moderately priced, are intended for larger organizations.
Two research and analysis firms have come out with figures for the PC market at the end of last year, and both show that Apple enjoyed dramatic growth year-over-year. Why, then, will you read about how badly Apple did?
Mac-based businesses can now provide remote access to their computers -- even from PCs -- through Citrix Systems's well-established GoToMyPC service.
According to reported statements by a French telecom executive and to newspaper sources, the long-awaited Apple "iSlate" will be an advanced videophone and will enable gesture control of productivity applications. These two capabilities, if true, could make the device a much more attractive business tool.
ION, best known for its line of USB turntables, has announced a physical desktop keyboard for the iPhone. Does it point the way to the kind of peripheral that could make an Apple tablet a real business computer?
SMBs whose operations rely on guaranteed Internet access can be severely impacted by an Internet service outage. Verizon customers can now choose a package that automatically switches to the company's 3G mobile network in the event of a primary service interruption so that businesses can stay connected.
Apple included a feature in Snow Leopard that blocked two Trojan horse pieces of malware. According to Kaspersky Lab, however, the feature has not been updated with new malware signatures since Snow Leopard shipped.