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Articles by Fredric Paul
posted in June 2009
Question: What's smaller than a notebook but bigger than a netbook? Answer: An ultraportable, like Dell's new 3.36-pound Vostro 1220, with a 12.1-inch screen.
Cloud computing is often thought of as the perfect option for small businesses. But a new survey shows that small businesses share many of the cloud computing concerns of their larger competitors, including security, availability, and speed.
Amazon.com has dropped affiliate relationships with small businesses in North Carolina and Rhode Island as the states prepare to implement new laws requiring the company to collect online sales tax.
It's easy to understand the need to for configurable cloud-computing resources. But does anyone really need to buy (rent?) cloud-computing capabilities on an hourly basis? SoftLayer thinks so.
Cloud computing is often promoted as leveling the playing field between small businesses and large enterprises. But Andrew R. Jassy, senior vice president of Web services at Amazon, says that small companies use the cloud differently.
Apple Macintosh users like to believe that they use the best computers around. And maybe they do. But from an IT-management perspective, Macs in mixed environments have often been treated as red-headed step-children. The next versions of KACE's KBOX Systems Management Appliance aims to level the playing field with Mac-management tools on par with its Windows offerings.
Is the recession bottoming out or will things get worse? Is a comeback bounce around the corner, or are we looking at the dreaded "L-shaped" recovery where business remains stuck at a depressed level? More to the point, what is your company going to do about whatever scenario plays out?
Windows 7 has taken another big step toward reality as Microsoft reveals how much it will cost and announces a special early-bird discount. Meanwhile, PC makers begin to roll out promises of free upgrades.
When does buying new PCs for your business become cheaper than NOT buying new PCs for your business? According to Intel, it's when those PCs reach the ripe old age of... 3.
Corefino 2go combines the CODA 2go Software as a Service accounting package with Corefino's Triple-C Technology Platform and outsourced accountants.
Earlier this month, I got the chance to be a present a video Webinar on how small and midsize companies can best take advantage of the latest changes in technology. While I was in Pittsburgh for the video shoot, I also recorded an audio interview with Maurice Saluan from Zenith Infotech, where we discussed many of these same subjects in a more casual forum. You can listen to the podcast here.
Storage for small companies is turning out to be big! So far this week we've already seen three different announcements of new storage solutions aimed at small and midsize companies. After Netgear launched the high-density ReadyNAS 3200 yesterday, Seagate has announced three new additions to its BlackArmor line, and software provider Caringo checks in with a unique "private cloud" storage approach.
Custom browser toolbars are big in Latin America and Eastern Europe, but they never really caught on here in North America. But toolbar leader Conduit wants to change that with new Conduit Open features that create a kind of "app store" for toolbar components.
In most cases, backup and disaster recovery companies promise to back up your data. But this new recovery service provider offers a Service Level Agreement that specifies not just that it will safeguard your data and applications, but how long it will take to restore them.
From IBM's Lotus Symphony to eXPresso collaboration, alternatives to Microsoft Office are scrambling to improve compatibility with Office formats.
In the face of the unrelenting torrent of bad economic news, leave it to small businesses to keep pushing. According to a new study, 70% still foresee growth in their business this year, and almost half of those actually plan to hire new workers!
Despite Microsoft's best efforts, the software maker has been forced by public pressure from analysts and businesses to extend the life of the operating system through April 2011.
The 5-year deal is intended to result in delivering enterprise-class network and security services that are affordable for smaller companies.
As part of a wide range of product and service announcements, Dell today announced the new EqualLogic PS4000 storage array and PowerVault NX3000 network attached storage (NAS) device, along with the PowerEdge T410 and T710 tower servers and R410 rack server.
The latest version of the popular free IT management tool for SMBs adds the ability to visually map your company's IT network, Twitter integration, and 3rd-party management plug-ins from Microsoft, LiveOffice, Intel, and Trend Micro.
The Disk Station DS409 can hold up to 8TB of data, while the new software adds a variety of new functions.
What's in a name? For Netbooks.com, it was confusion when the business-management vendor's name became the common term for low-cost mini-laptops. So the company is relaunching as WorkingPoint.com as it takes its small-business management app out of beta.
The inevitable media-hype backlash is starting to settle in, predicting that Twitter will flame out within a year. Well maybe, or maybe not. But it really doesn't matter either way.
Credit-score giant Experian is working hard to figure out which small businesses might have trouble paying their bills -- and that could mean trouble getting credit even before you get into trouble.
Not to say that Salesforce.com is peddling crack, but the company has hit upon a favorite sales tactic popularized by drug dealers everywhere: The First One's Free! The deal applies to companies using the Force.com platform to create new applications -- and new Web sites, as Force.com Sites is now generally available.
SMB storage needs keep growing, but factors from virtualization to proprietary terminology keep storage way more complicated than it has to be.
At 12:01am EDT Saturday morning (or 9:01pm PDT Friday Night), Facebook will let you attach an identifiable username to your profile -- and those that you administer. Don't miss your chance!
bMighty went out into the trenches to dig up real stories of how actual businesses are using technology to survive ITE (in this economy). Plus: 21 easy ways to cut IT costs without hurting your business.
Rackspace Cloud tees up Building 43, while Deluxe enhances its PartnerUP site.
According to Intel, small businesses are one of the few remaining markets for the venerable desktop computer.
On Wednesday, June 10 at 12:30pm Eastern time, I'll be a guest on "Industry Perspective Series" of video Webinars, presented by Zenith Infotech and MSPtv. Please join me as I talk about some of the hot-button issues and opportunities that SMBs face in regards to Web 2.0, social networking and the consumerization of technology. I'll be talking about what the technology can a
As expected, Apple's announcements at its Wordwide Developers Conference brought us a new Mac OS (Snow Leopard), a faster iPhone with some other enhancements (iPhone 3GS), and some changes and price cuts to the Macbook line. Nothing earth-shaking, really, but all in all they do help to make Apple products more useful, and more affordable, for small and midsize companies.
A recent Forrester research report seems to challenge the notion that cloud computing is of most value to small and midsize companies, finding that a higher percentage of enterprises are aware of -- and interested in -- the technology. But if you ask me, the enormous diversity in the technological needs and savvy of smaller companies renders those findings moot.
In this economy, few companies feel comfortable spending big bucks promoting their Web sites. The alternative is to do everything you can in the areas of seach engine optimization and social networking -- and Lee Odden over at the Online Marketing Blog has some great tips.
That's the gazillion dollar question. Using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to drive engagement, marketing, and customer service is all fine, but the bottom line is whether these services lead to actual sales. Companies who use these services say they do, but a new survey says the don't.
A couple months ago I reported that Toshiba America had big problems with the little notebooks. But the company has changed its tune with the introduction of the mini NB205.
Sometimes it seems that the most important thing in the Twitterverse is... Twitter. And the social networking navel gazing was gathering boatloads of lint at this weekend's TWTTCON event in San Francisco, where hundreds of people spent their Sunday talking -- and Tweeting -- about... Twitter. Specifically, the business uses of Twitter, which is why I spent my Sunday there too.