SMB Spotlight: IBM’s New Midmarket GM Talks About the SoftLayer Acquisition

October 23rd, 2013

Laurie:  Hi, this Laurie McCabe from the SMB Group, and in today’s SMB Spotlight I’m speaking with John Mason, who is IBM’s new General Manager and VP for Midmarket. Hi John. Thanks for joining me on this two-part discussion about … Continue reading

How Zoos and Museums Use Big Data to Refresh and Reset Visitor Experience

July 11th, 2013

For most of us, a trip to the zoo, museum or an aquarium is a fun and interesting way to learn about animals, history, art and other cultural experiences first hand. Behind the scenes, however, these organizations must work hard … Continue reading

Collaboration and the Progressive SMB

June 25th, 2013

Almost all businesses aspire to success–but not all achieve it. SMB Group has identified and written quite a bit about what we term “Progressive SMBs.” Progressive SMBs are more growth driven and invest more in technology than their counterparts. They … Continue reading

Charting Your Big Data Journey

May 30th, 2013

In the first post in this series, I examined the underlying trends driving the buzz around big data and its relevance for SMBs. In the second, I discussed how three IBM business partners (FYI Solutions, LPA Systems, Inc. and Waypoint … Continue reading

Putting Big Data To Work For SMBs

May 10th, 2013

In my previous post, Is Big Data Relevant for SMBs?, I looked at the underlying trends driving the buzz around big data, and why big data is relevant for SMBs. I also discussed why “big” is a relative term–relative to … Continue reading

Is Big Data Relevant for SMBs?

April 30th, 2013

There’s little doubt that “big data” is the latest “big thing” in the IT industry. But for many small and medium business (SMB) decision-makers, big data is a somewhat fuzzy term. Ask any number of them what big data means, … Continue reading

Is Big Data Relevant for SMBs?

April 30th, 2013

There’s little doubt that “big data” is the latest “big thing” in the IT industry. But for many small and medium business (SMB) decision-makers, big data is a somewhat fuzzy term. Ask any number of them what big data means, … Continue reading

CollaborHaitian: How CIC Uses Social Business to Crowd Source Medical Care in Haiti

April 26th, 2013

When small business owners and entrepreneurs think of IBM, they often mistakenly assume that IBM’s sophisticated solutions are only affordable by large corporations. And IBM sometimes lags the competition in garnering SMB mind share. But some of its offerings are … Continue reading

CollaborHaitian: How CIC Uses Social Business to Crowd Source Medical Care in Haiti

April 26th, 2013

When small business owners and entrepreneurs think of IBM, they often mistakenly assume that IBM’s sophisticated solutions are only affordable by large corporations. And IBM sometimes lags the competition in garnering SMB mind share. But some of its offerings are … Continue reading

Can IBM Make the Social Business Connection with SMBs–and Does it Need To?

February 4th, 2013

After 20 years, IBM has transformed its Lotusphere user conference into IBM Connect. This evolution has been in the making since IBM introduced its vision of “social business” a few years ago. During this time, IBM has added to its … Continue reading