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 Fredric Paul

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Intel Demos New vPro Technology For SMBs

1/19/2010
At a small event here in rainy San Francisco, Intel executives showed off the 2010 version of the company's vPro platform, designed to add user benefits to vPro's traditional management and security features.

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Why Cloud Computing Matters More To SMBs

1/18/2010
Barry X Lynn, Chairman and CEO of cloud platform vendor 3Tera, talks about why cloud computing makes a bigger difference for small and midsize companies than for large enterprises. The reasons might surprise you.

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Introducing The E-Learning How-To Center

1/15/2010
Do your company's IT staffers know everything they need to know? Didn't think so. After all, how could they? Combine all the different technologies with the speed of new developments and increasing demands on IT staffers' time in this rough econonmy, and staying up to speed can seem practically impossible. But as shown in the new InformationWeek SMB E-Learning How-To Center, though, it doesn't have be that way.

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Introducing InformationWeek SMB!

1/7/2010
Why should enterprises have all the fun? Sure, big companies are important, but small and midsize businesses constitute more than 99% of all U.S. businesses and employ more than half the U.S. workforce. And SMBs need sophisticated technology too, they just don't have the same level of resources and expertise. And SMBs can often get more upside out of new technology than can enterprises burdened with legacy investments and infrastructure. That's why we're introducting Post a Comment

What A Google-Yelp Deal Might Mean For SMBs

12/18/2009
Google is reportedly working on a $500 million deal to buy local reviews site Yelp. On the plus side, the deal might make it easier to find small and local businesses on Google while also helping to clean up some of the controversy surrounding pay-for-play allegations on Yelp. Or it could make things worse on both fronts.

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Egnyte Extends Cloud-Based Hybrid Storage To NAS Devices

12/8/2009
The company is announcing Egnyte Local Cloud on Network Attached Storage (NAS), which expands the hybrid concept from Direct Attached Storage (DAS). The combination is designed to let SMBs combine local and cloud-based storage to maximize security, backup, and performance.

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Comcast-NBC Deal Highlights Net Neutrality Issue

12/3/2009
What does it mean when the nation's largest Internet Service Provider, like Comcast, buys one of the biggest content creators in the world, like NBC? For one thing, it means the already contentious issue of Net Neutrality is about to get even more heated. Hopefully, it will galvanize the FCC to create and implement Net Neutrality rules that protect the interests of small and midsize businesses.

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Oracle/HP Offer Package For Midsize Manufacturers

12/2/2009
The recession hit manufacturing companies hard, but if there are any midmarket industrial manufacturers still growing, they can now buy a pre-packaged bundle of HP hardware, Oracle Acclerate software, Oracle Consulting services to help manage their businesses.

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Black Friday FOR SMBs, Not Just BY SMBs?

11/24/2009
Typically, Black Friday is a sales event where companies offer big discounts to consumers to spur sales the day after Thanksgiving. But in today's economy (ITE) companies are also pushing Black Friday to their SMB customers.

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Quark Promote Enters Web-To-Print Market

11/19/2009
Buying print services over the Web isn't new, but design-software maker Quark is trying to up the ante with templates that pull together everything from brochures to business cards with a common theme. Oh, and free shipping, too.

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The New Office 2010 Beta: Is Microsoft Winning The Last War?

11/18/2009
For most modern businesses, Microsoft Office is the standard for productivity applications. So the arrival of Microsoft 2010 -- now going into beta for release next year -- is big news. But after a couple weeks of working with the new release it seems that Microsoft has done a great job -- of winning the last war.

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Intuit Customer Manager Wants To be Your MyFirstCRM

11/16/2009
Intuit Customer Manager, the new customer relationship management app from the small-business powerhouse behind QuickBooks, is coming out of beta. After months of free beta availability, Intuit hopes to sign small businesses with fewer than 20 employees as paying customers.

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IDC Names Top SMB Vendors

11/13/2009
Research firm IDC calls out 16 companies that demonstrate innovation in meeting the needs of small and midsize companies in six broad areas. The list includes the usual suspects -- big vendors with broad product lines like HP and IBM -- but also a number of smaller contenders as well.

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Google Offers 16 Terabytes Of Gmail Storage!

11/11/2009
I've been relying Gmail as my personal e-mail for more than 5 years now, and I often use it to "store" stuff that I want to be able find later. It's easy to just e-mail things to myself so I know it'll be available from anywhere. And still I'm using only 23% of the 7390 MB that Google now provides for free. Apparently, though, some people need more space, and Google is lowering its prices for additional storage -- offering 20GB for $5 a year -- and boosting available options all the way

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How HP Plans To Rule The SMB World

11/11/2009
Vowing to overcome past problems, HP unveils its latest not-so-secret plan for worldwide SMB domination. There's lots to like, but low prices don't seem to be the company's top priority.

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SMBs Loves Them Some Virtualization

11/5/2009
Small and midsize businesses may have been a bit late to the virtualization station, but falling prices have them moving quickly to catch up with larger enterprises. So says a recent Gartner survey of companies with 100- 999 employees.

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PayPal Opens Up And Gets Cheaper

11/4/2009
At PayPal's inaugural developers conference here in San Francisco, PayPal reiterated its commitment to opening up its technology platform and backed up the promise with new and improved APIs and significant cuts in the prices it charges to process payments. In the long run, this could mean new ways for small and midsize companies to charge customers and even pay their own bills.

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BlackBerry Out-Innovates iPhone, Say SMBs

11/3/2009
In a recent survey, almost half (48%) of respondents rated BlackBerry the most innovative smartphone, compared to 29% most impressed with the iPhone. No other platform, including Android, garnered more than 5%. It may not be a big deal, though, because less than a quarter (24%) say they're ready to switch smartphones.

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SMBs To Lag In IT Purchases

10/28/2009
While overall hardware buying plans have returned to August 2008 levels, midsize and small businesses are split on their buying plans and levels of confidence.

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Why Windows 7 Comes In So Many Versions

10/22/2009
As Windows 7 hits stores today, there's still one question left: Which version is right for me and my company? Windows 7 comes in so many different versions -- many of them with new names -- that it's all to easy for business and consumer users to get confused. I asked Microsoft VP Margo Day why the company needed so many versions.

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InformationWeek SMB Virtual Event: Dealing With Data Centers

10/19/2009
Whether your company's data center is a couple of servers stashed in a closet or a gleaming, state-of-the-art climate-controlled facility, you're still facing the same set of challenges: how to keep the IT lights on while controlling costs, take advantage of new technologies to stay competitive, and position your company for an economic recovery in the midst of the toughest times for IT that many of us can remember. On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, help is on the way.

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5 (Hidden) Benefits Of Cloud Storage For SMBs

10/19/2009
There's a familiar litany of cloud computing benefits, from lower capital expenses and fast deployments to ubiquitous access and bringing enterprise-class technology to smaller companies. But I recently came across a handful of under-radar-advantages that cloud storage promises bring to your small or midsize business.

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bMighty Virtual Event: Dealing With Data Centers

10/15/2009
Whether your company's data center is a couple of servers stashed in a closet or a gleaming, state-of-the-art climate-controlled facility, you're still facing the same set of challenges: how to keep the IT lights on while controlling costs, take advantage of new technologies to stay competitive, and position your company for an economic recovery in the midst of the toughest times for IT that many of us can remember.

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, help is on the way.

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For Salesforce.com, "The End Of Software" Becomes "The Best Of Both Worlds"

10/13/2009
I just got back from Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff's much anticipated presentation at Oracle OpenWorld, and it was an interesting experience to say the least. Benioff didn't announce anything new. Instead he pushed Software as a Service as a complement, not just an alternative, to traditional software. And for once he gave more than passing mention to the needs of small and midsize companies.

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Marchex Debuts Online Reputation Management For SMBs

10/13/2009
Many large enterprises spend small fortunes tracking how they are perceived online and in social media. But small and midsize companies don't have to worry about things like reputation management, do they? After all, who could be talking about them? Well, it could be more than you might think.

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What Midmarket CIOs Care About Most

10/8/2009
Business analytics and self service, according to the newly released midmarket portion of IBM's 2009 Global Chief Information Office Study, but CIOs of high growth companies have different priorities than those at slower growing organizations. Finally, no matter what size firm they represent, CIOs face a similar set of conflicting goals and contradictory roles.

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New Hybrid Storage And Backup Options From i365 And CTERA Networks

10/7/2009
Yesterday, CTERA Networks launched its CloudPlug and C200 "cloud attached storage" devices, and today i365 debuted its EVault Offsite Replication Storage Service. Both offerings illustrate the trend toward combining onsite and cloud-based storage and backup into hybrid solutions for small and midsize companies.

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Oracle Accelerate Adds MidMarket BI, CRM On Demand, And More

9/22/2009
Oracle Accelerate, the company's 3-year-old effort to address midsize companies, has extended its tool set to include Demantra for advanced demand planning, Agile for product lifecycle management, Siebel CRM, and Transportation Management. And the apps will now be available via SaaS as well.

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SaaS Holds Big Appeal For Midsize CIOs

9/21/2009
"Two years back, I thought [SaaS] was the stupidest thing. But we've finally started seeing some applications that make sense," says Peter Larsen, manager of information technology at National Frozen Foods in Seattle.

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Another Take On Freemium -- From LogMeIn

9/18/2009
In today's feature story, online businesses talk about the plusses and minuses of offering free online services -- and then transitioning them to paid services. Coincidentally, I had a conversation on the very same topic this week with Michael Simon, CEO of LogMeIn. For Simon, there are no minuses, only plusses.

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Top 10 Best Technology Ideas. . . That Really Aren't

9/17/2009
At bMighty.com, we know that it's only too easy to get seduced by technology. A new innovation, a slick piece of hardware, a smart software feature, or seemingly fabulous application appears, and everyone jumps on the bandwagon. Sometimes, though, we wish we'd looked before we leaped.

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HP Launches Slick New Laptops -- And Some Desktops, Too

9/14/2009
HP's new Envy luxury laptops add style to the category, but the SMB-oriented ProBook 5310m offers decent looks at a much more affordable price. The Mini 311 straddles the line between netbook and notebook, while new All-in-One and traditional desktops round out the company's introductions.

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Samsung Wants To Be Big Player In Business IT

9/14/2009
ChannelWeb reports that the Korean consumer electronics powerhouse is planning new PCs and laptops along with a move into commerical IT services. The company could be an important new option for SMBs, and the competition could help keep prices down.

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What Is E-Mail Worth To Your Company?

9/11/2009
These days, small businesses have a wide range of e-mail options, ranging from on-premise Microsoft Exchange servers to cloud-based Web mail -- and everything in between. And prices range as widely as the technology, from free on up.

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Lunch With Salesforce.com And Twitter

9/9/2009
Salesforce.com put on a fancy lunch spread at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco this afternoon to celebrate the launch of its Service Cloud 2 upgrade, and Twitter was invited. But I already blogged that... so I was more interested in what the cloud computing and social media bigwigs had to say about customer service. And they didn't disappoint.

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New Survey Questions SMB Interest In Netbooks and Cloud Computing

8/31/2009
The results of a new Spiceworks survey shows that while more than half of small and midsize companies are using some form of cloud computing, they're still showing caution about fully embracing the technology. And only 13% of SMBs say they plan to buy netbooks. All this as the Great Recession forces SMBs to hold on to computers longer and cut key projects.

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Top 10 (Hidden) Reasons SMBs Should Go Virtual

8/28/2009
On the eve of the VMworld event in San Francisco, VMware virtualization guru Joe Andrews wonders why so many small and medium-sized businesses still sitting on the virtual sidelines. And he coughs up ten lesser-known ways virtualization can help even smaller companies

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Does Apple's Snow Leopard Really Matter To SMBs?

8/27/2009
This is a big week for the Apple Macintosh. The company is rolling out its big Snow Leopard Mac OS X upgrade, and of special interest to SMBs, the server version of Snow Leopard debuts as well. But how big a deal is the Macintosh world to SMBs anyway?

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