Top SMB Takeaways: SAP Sapphire 2013

June 10th, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Sapphire 2013, SAP’s annual user conference. As is the norm for these events, SAP opened the fire hose to reveal new directions, product and solution announcements, and partner and … Continue reading

Top SMB Takeaways: SAP Sapphire 2013

June 10th, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Sapphire 2013, SAP’s annual user conference. As is the norm for these events, SAP opened the fire hose to reveal new directions, product and solution announcements, and partner and … Continue reading

Dell KACE M300 Appliance Enables Small Businesses to Take a Proactive Approach to IT Asset Management

July 31st, 2011

Dell KACE recently introduced a new series of System Management Appliances targeted at small businesses with 20-200 employees. The Dell KACE M300 Asset Management Appliance is designed to deliver an affordable, plug-and-play IT asset management solution that reduces the repetitive, … Continue reading

The New Dell and What it Means for SMBs: Takeaways from Dell’s 2011 Solutions for a Virtual Era Event

May 11th, 2011

Twenty-seven years ago, Michael Dell launched Dell with $1,000 and a streamlined sales and manufacturing model that revolutionized the PC industry. Sticking with this playbook, Dell achieved similar success in the server market, once again disrupting the status quo. However, … Continue reading

Dell KACE Secure Browser–A Free Tool to Help Firefox Users Stop Malware Invasions

July 26th, 2010

Dell KACE Secure Browser–A Free Tool to Help Firefox Users Stop Malware Invasions Anyone that’s ever unwittingly downloaded malware from the Internet knows that it can bring your PC to a virtual stand still. This horrible stuff can infect your … Continue reading

Will the Appliance Approach Gain Traction in the Wake of Recent Cloud Outages?

June 17th, 2010

This week’s service outage at Intuit is fueling a new round of speculation about the dark side of cloud computing–and whether businesses can depend on cloud-based services to run their businesses. Intuit’s problems come on the heels of other service … Continue reading

Recent Vendor Briefing Highlights: IBM’s Cast Iron Acquisition

June 17th, 2010

We are publishing recent vendor highlights on the SMB Group web site. As time permits, we discuss our key take-aways from more interesting briefings. I will try to remember to post them here as well. Here is the most recent … Continue reading

What is Unified Communications, and Why Should You Care?

August 6th, 2009

(Originally published in Small Business Computing, July 27, 2009) Technology insiders tend to throw around technical terms and business jargon, assuming people outside the industry understand what it all means. By its nature, technology vocabulary is often confusing and complicated, … Continue reading

What’s a Business App Appliance, and Why Should You Care?

August 6th, 2009

(Originally published June 18, 2009 in Small Business Computing) Technology insiders tend to throw around technical terms and business jargon, assuming people outside the industry understand what it all means. By its nature, technology vocabulary is often confusing and complicated, and … Continue reading

IBM Lotus Foundations: A Real Choice for Small Businesses and Partners

June 5th, 2009

As I mentioned in a blog I posted after Lotusphere 2009, IBM Lotus has been reluctant to go head to head with obvious rivals, particularly Microsoft. At Lotusphere, however, the company came out swinging, declaring intentions “shatter Windows” and “change … Continue reading