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posted in September 2009

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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