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Articles by Fredric Paul
posted in May 2009
Blogging may be old hat to some, but a new study says it's just now becoming mainstream for small businesses.
The culmination of Small Business Week in San Francisco was the Business After Hours Grand Expo at AT&T Park, the picturesque home of the San Francisco Giants. And technology played a starring yet diverse role in the celebration.
Small and midsize businesses can compete online, if they know what they're doing. To get some tips, I talked to Eddie Davis, senior director of SMB merchant services for PayPal, which works with 73 million of online buyers and hundreds of thousands -- he wouldn't say exactly how many -- of online merchants. Davis says PayPal has distilled its experience into a set of tips for SMBs looking to boost their online business.
I spent part of this fine, sunny Weekend at the TiECon 2009 event for entrepreneurs here in Silicon Valley. And amidst literally thousands of people scrambling to find the next big thing in the midst of the Great Recession, what resonated most for me was two entrepreneurial veterans emphasizing that you can't worry about the money.
Turns out that even venture capitalists ignore business plans, instead investing according to their gut feelings and personal recommendations. Maybe that explains the dot.com bust?
Earlier today, Oracle announced that it was buying virtualization software and management vendor Virtual Iron. For small and midsize businesses, consummation of this long-rumored deal means even more industry emphasis on making virtualization a mainstream activity for IT shops of all sizes. And that's a good thing.
Every IT person has dreams about the technologies they really want for their business. In current economic conditions, however, you may need to downsize your expectations.
This morning Microsoft announced it's on track to ship both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 before the holidays. That's a big deal for smaller companies in several important ways.
The ServerView Resource Coordinator VE Software for Virtualization Management is positioned as a complement to Fujitsu' new Primergy BX900 Blade Servers, which are aimed at small to medium enterprises.
In case you haven't noticed, networking vendor Netgear has been working on hard on diversifying into security and storage, and the latest results are the ReadyNAS 2100 rack-mounted storage appliance and ReadyNAS Remote Secure Access.
Techaisle reported yesterday that SMBs will buy 1.1 million Netbook this year, and another 3.5 million in 2010. I wanted to know what small businesses were doing with all those new machines, so I called up Abhijeet Rane, Partner and Senior Vice President at the research firm.
Storage is one of the keystone technology issues for small and midsize businesses, and no one knows more about storage than our sister site, Byte and Switch. And the new Byte and Switch is even more useful to SMBs.
It seems that cable-TV and Internet giant Comcast can't win for losing. After being named one of bMighty's top four Technology Evil Empires last fall, it's now in the Final Deathmatch for The Consumerist's Worst Company In America.
Moving beyond the usual suspect like virtualization and cloud computing into data density and cost-cutting teams, a pair of Gartner analysts offer up insight and advice.
These days, SMBs are increasingly demanding that all their technology solutions to be easy to buy, install, and use. Increasingly, that means hardware and software combinations delivered as an appliance. According to Valerie Fawzi, senior director of product marketing for i365, A Seagate Company, that was the genesis behind the new EVault Plug-n-Protect appliance for data recovery and full system restore.
Adobe has updated the InContext Editing feature of its Dreamweaver CS4 suite. The new version should make it easier for small businesses to make changes to their Web sites without requiring assistance from their Web designers.