Microsoft Lumia 1520: A Millennial Perspective

September 2nd, 2014

A few weeks ago, Microsoft asked me if I wanted to check out the Lumia 1520. Although I’m a long-time iPhone user, I thought, why not? It’s always good to see if there is something better out there.  Unfortunately, once … Continue reading

Salesforce’s Dimdim Acquisition–Adding to a String of Collaboration Pearls

March 16th, 2011

The SMB Group has followed (and used!) Dimdim, which has provided innovative, easy to use Web conferencing services in a freemium model with very liberal terms of use, for a couple of years. In January, Salesforce.com acquired Dimdim for $31 … 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

NetSuite’s SP 100 Program: An Offer VARs Can’t Refuse?

March 2nd, 2010

In a bold move to get traditional value-added resellers(VARs) off the SaaS fence, NetSuite announced its new Solution Provider (SP) 100 Program, which gives business application VARs 100% margin on the first year of license subscriptions they sell. The program … Continue reading

Microsoft–Still Relevant, But No Longer Dominant (Redux)

February 12th, 2010

Last week, former Microsoft VP Dick Brass wrote a very thought-provoking op-ed in the New York Times entitled Microsoft’s Creative Destruction which sparked some interesting commentary from media, industry insiders and observers, and so I thought I’d toss my two … 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

Intuit Partner Platform: Changing the Rules of Cloud Platforms with Federated Applications

June 15th, 2009

Cloud platforms, or “platforms-as-a-service” (PaaS) are quickly becoming a key channel for application developers. By writing and publishing their applications to integrate with those of a major PaaS provider, such as Salesforce.com or Microsoft, smaller developers can gain instant access … 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

Can Standards Clear the Clouds?

May 3rd, 2009

With market adoption of cloud computing forecast to skyrocket, no one in the tech industry wants to be left on the ground. But, as cloud computing platforms, models and definitions multiply, they’re becoming as numerous and diverse as Mother Nature’s … Continue reading

Cloud Computing and Managed Services Opportunity – Is it the Large Enterprises or SMB/Mid-Market Enterprises?

February 23rd, 2009

The convergence of web delivered IT services – Cloud Computing, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Hosted Applications, Software-as-a-Service, Virtualization – will continue to redefine and add value to the SMB/mid-market IT services landscape, especially in the current economic climate. Our outlook calls for rapid … Continue reading