Can IBM’s Redesigned PartnerWorld Move the SMB Needle?

February 25th, 2016

East coast weather and flight issues foiled my attempts to attend IBM’s annual PartnerWorld Leadership Conference last week. I was disappointed, as IBM took advantage of the event to formally launch its newly revamped PartnerWorld program, which focuses on helping … Continue reading

BizSlate: Weaving QuickBooks Into ERP for Small Businesses

November 12th, 2015

“We focus on helping small businesses improve how they manage everything–customers, orders, vendors, inventory, logistics of the supply chain–and give them the tools that they need to succeed this very intense omni-channel market.” Continue reading

Intuit: Finding New Footing In the Small Business Cloud

November 9th, 2015

Intuit’s tack to build new, data-driven services for small businesses–such as its new lending service–provides the company with an exciting opportunities to disrupt the status quo and create new revenue streams. Continue reading

Cloud Cover: Cloud Management and Security for SMBs

November 3rd, 2015

As cloud adoption grows, so does the complexity of managing and securing data in the cloud. Continue reading

Automation and Insight: Intacct’s Focus for Dreamforce 2015

October 5th, 2015

“Organizations need empirical data to make both strategic and tactical decisions. If they can see what’s happening, they can spot opportunities and go after them. Or if all of the sudden there’s a new issue starting to bubble, you’ll see it and you can hone in on it. ” Continue reading

Reduce Effort and Boost Confidence: Infusionsoft’s Goals to Help Small Businesses Improve Sales and Marketing

September 28th, 2015

“A lot of what we are solving for is multi-system chaos. A lot of small businesses start using many, many tools to try to solve a problem. The may say, let me try this tool or let me try that tool, before really slowing down and starting to think about, what am I trying to accomplish in my business? So a big opportunity for us is to translate the years and years of expertise that InfusionSoft has to what we call the small business success method or life cycle marketing.” Continue reading

Unit4 Kicks Off North America Market Focus

June 12th, 2015

Unit4, long-time European ERP leader, is making a concerted push into North America. To that end, it hosted industry analysts at the beautiful 60 State Street Boston venue on June 10. Read my Storify account of the event here. [View … Continue reading

Charting a Course in the ERP Clouds

May 21st, 2015

For many SMBs, limited IT resources and budgets are the norm. This makes keeping pace with technology requirements an uphill battle. Over the past several years, cloud-based solutions have helped SMBs put technology solutions to work with less cost and … Continue reading

The Cloud Comes Full Circle: Sage and Salesforce Team Up For Sage Life

May 13th, 2015

The partnership brings together opposite ends of the software universe. It pairs Salesforce, pioneer and poster child for the cloud, with Sage, which has arguably been one of the slowest software vendors to embrace cloud computing. Continue reading

Vendor Strategies to Help SMBs Capitalize on Marketing Automation

April 14th, 2015

This is the sixth and final post in a blog series discussing key marketing automation trends for SMBs. This series is excerpted from SMB Group’s December 2014 report, SMB Group Perspectives Report: Top Trends in Marketing Automation and How Vendors Are Helping … Continue reading