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posted in August 2008

Calling All Software Pirates

8/29/2008
Don't you just love it when someone comes after you while trying to convince you that they're on your side? Well, then you're going to really enjoy "Smart about Software: 2008 Software Strategies for Small Businesses, a new reference guide for small businesses from Small Business Administration (SBA) in partnership with the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

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Business Intelligence For SMBs Stays Hot

8/13/2008
Conventional wisdom used to hold that business intelligence solutions were too expensive and too complex for any companies except large enterprises. Fortunately, the BI community seems intent on changing that perception: witness today's announcement of Datawatch's Monarch BI Server, aimed directly at SMBs and some new BI tools for the midmarket from SAP's Business Objects.

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Social Factors -- Not Technology -- Limit Videoconferencing

8/6/2008
Despite dramatic improvements in quality and affordability and spiraling cost of business travel, most companies still don't use videoconferencing. That's because even the most significant technological improvements can't address the powerful emotional and psychological factors that make many people uncomfortable with videoconferencing.

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Microsoft Fears The Open Souce Penguin

8/5/2008
Microsoft likes to disparage the world of open source software as not ready for prime time. But the company's actions tell another story: it now plans to develop lower-priced "basic" versions of its software to compete with often-free open-source alternatives.

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IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
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