Big Data for the Little Guy

November 18th, 2013

Originally published on November, 2013 on as the third of four blog posts in a series designed to help small businesses, and those that serve them, be successful. Big data is a big buzzword–and for a good reason. We’ve … Continue reading

Social Media 101: A Guide for Small Businesses

October 8th, 2013

Originally published on October 1, 2013 on as the second of four blog posts in a series designed to help small businesses, and those that serve them, be successful. Nearly 80% of active U.S. internet users visit social networks … Continue reading

The Impact of HP’s New Direction—An SMB Market Perspective

August 25th, 2011

–by Sanjeev Aggarwal and Laurie McCabe, SMB Group After HP’s announcement that it would ditch it’s new Touchpad and put WebOS in mothballs, rumors leaked about it’s intentions to spin-off or sell it’s Personal Systems Group (PSG) PC business and … Continue reading

Intuit and Salesforce Partner Up: Who’s the Big Winner?

April 4th, 2011

Last week, Intuit and announced that they would partner to integrate Intuit QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online small business accounting software with Salesforce’s small business CRM editions (Contact Manager, Group and Professional). Under the terms of the deal, Intuit will … Continue reading

What Are Integrated Payment Solutions and Why Should You Care?

February 8th, 2011

(Originally published January 30, 2011 in Small Business Computing) What are Integrated Payments Solutions? Integrated payment solutions are tools that your business can use to integrate accounting, customer relationship management (CRM) and other business applications with payments processing. By integrating … Continue reading

What is Mobile Commerce, and Why Should You Care?

September 20th, 2010

(Originally published September 13, 2010 in Small Business Computing) What is Mobile Commerce? Mobile commerce (also known as mobile ecommerce, m-commerce and other variations) consists of two primary components. The first is the ability to use a wireless phone or … 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

What is Hybrid Computing, and Why Should You Care?

June 10th, 2010

(Originally published on June 9, 2010, in Small Business Computing) What is Hybrid Computing? A hybrid computing platform lets customers connect the packaged small business software applications that they run on their own internal desktops or servers to applications that … Continue reading

Top Trends Most Evident at the 2010 Small Business Technology Summit

March 18th, 2010

Back in the beautiful Live Free or Die state after attending the 2010 Small Business Summit earlier this week. This is a fantastic event coordinated by Ramon Ray and Marian Banker, and held at the Digital Sandbox in the financial district … Continue reading

Intuit and Microsoft – two SMB market leaders partnering on cloud platform strategies to deliver web applications

January 20th, 2010

This agreement provides an end-to-end applications development environment and marketing/sales channels for application developers to develop and market application solutions to small businesses. Key elements of the agreement include: Broadening the applications developer community to develop SMB focused applications – … Continue reading