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Synchroteam Helps Small Businesses Manage a Mobile Workforce

Using the cloud and mobile devices, Synchroteam aims to give small businesses the same ability to manage and schedule mobile workforces as large enterprises enjoy.

Polycom Wants to Make Video Ubiquitous for Small Business

The unified communications specialist unveiled Polycom RealPresence Cloud, a wholesale cloud offering designed to help service providers deliver cost-effective, enterprise-grade video collaboration to small businesses.

Avaya Brings Mobile to Unified Communications for Small Business

With the release of Avaya IP Office 8.0, Avaya has integrated a slew of new mobile capabilities for Android devices with its unified communications platform. It plans to add iOS compatibility soon. 

Dell Debuts Small Business Storage with Deduplication

Today Dell announced the DR4000, a storage platform designed for small businesses, which features deduplication and compression to improve storage capacity and to reduce cost of ownership.

Iomega Introduces Desktop NAS for Small Businesses

The storage specialist, which focuses on small businesses, distributed enterprises and consumers, unveiled the Iomega StorCenter ix2, a two-bay desktop network storage device.

TappIn Offers Small Business Alternative to Cloud Computing

Prognosticators say that 2012 will see people juggling more mobile devices than ever before. It's time for business owners to get savvy about leveraging mobile for small business.

OneReach Delivers Automated Communications for SMBs

The unified communications platform lets small businesses give non-technical teams the capability to build, measure and refine inbound and outbound communication campaigns across multiple channels.

GetApp.com Simplifies Online Business Software for SMBs

The marketplace for cloud-based business applications focuses on vetting and recommending business applications to solve small business needs.

Big App Attack: 100 Best Android Apps

Whether you’re into communication, travel, taking notes or search, you'll find what you need on our mega-list of the best Android apps of 2011. If it isn’t here, you don’t need it.

Microsoft Expands Office 365, SkyDrive Cloud Offerings

The software juggernaut says its cloud-based productivity service is on pace for record growth and small business is driving it.

Gift Cards Go Mobile for the Holidays

As shoppers become more comfortable with mobile commerce, Giftly predicts that digital gift cards are hot for savvy consumers.

SmartRecruiters Adds Mobile to Free SMB Recruitment Tools

The San Francisco firm is on a mission to eradicate unemployment by helping small businesses find the right candidates for open jobs, and it has added free mobile career sites to its arsenal.

Western Digital Designs Small Business Server for SMBs

Seeking to expand beyond its consumer base, WD has unveiled a small business storage solution that combines centralized storage with backup-and-restore protection for up to 25 network devices.

Panasonic Unveils Cloud-Based Small Business Telephony

With the Panasonic Cloud Business Phone System, Panasonic aims to make feature-rich telephony available to small businesses at an affordable price and without the need for dedicated IT staff.

Bill.com Adds eBilling to Billing and Invoicing App

The small business billing and invoicing specialist has updated its platform to allow seamless electronic billing and payments.

Fishbowl Unveils Latest Small Business Inventory Software

Fishbowl adds a point-of-sale feature to its Fishbowl Inventory 2012 add-on for QuickBooks small business financial software, and it announces forthcoming CRM capability.

AVG Unveils Updated Small Business Security Suite

The Internet security firm says small business security customers want software that delivers more while demanding less of personnel, systems and their budgets.

Dell Seeks to Simplify SMB IT Infrastructure Virtualization

Dell designed its new vStart 50 hardware package to help SMBs deploy virtualized infrastructure and to make IT management more efficient.

A Grab Bag of 50 Awesome Android Apps

Lots of great Android apps in this list to add to your business tool kit. Dive in and find which ones are the best mobile apps for you.

SMB Accounting Meets CRM in Salesforce for QuickBooks

Through a new strategic partnership with Salesforce.com, Intuit integrates the leading small business accounting software and the leading small business CRM software into one tidy package.

Iomega Unveils High-End Small Business Network Storage Array

Iomega's new flagship rackmount network attached storage solution is positioned as ideal for small business storage and datacenter needs.

Verizon Wireless, Intuit Team Up for Mobile Payments

Verizon Wireless and Intuit have forged a strategic alliance to help small businesses with mobile credit card processing.

New Millenniata Optical Disc Promises Permanent Data Storage

The new optical disc company says its new M-DISC storage technology will last a thousand years.

50 Must-Have Android Apps for Small Business

Stop wasting time hunting down useful apps. We've got 50 Android apps you need, you'll love and you'll use. Score!

Dell Aims to Ease SMB Asset Management, License Compliance

The new Dell Kace M300 Asset Management Appliance, designed for small business from the ground up, automates repetitive and time-consuming small business IT tasks.

Spiceworks Streamlines Small Business IT Purchasing

The social business network for small business IT professionals adds a new feature that automates the process of soliciting bids for the purchase of IT goods and services.

ProPay Plan Merges Social Media & Mobile Payments

ProPay new platform, Zumogo, aims to turn phones into digital wallets that enable secure mobile payments and targeted, personal interaction between consumers and merchants.

Virtual Phone System Gives Entrepreneurs a Professional Face

With its virtual phone system, Grasshopper aims to help bootstrapping entrepreneurs who make their businesses sound professional, even if they're operating out of a basement.

Lenovo Debuts Small Business Servers

Building on the design principles of its popular ThinkPad line of laptops, Lenovo is adding to its small business technology line with a new entry-level small business server and a new high-end small business server.

BarCamps Unite Businesses at User-Generated Conferences

Aiming to support a wave of local, ad-hoc gatherings of entrepreneurs and small business owners, five companies have banded together to form the BarCamp Tour.

Sage Unveils New Small Business Accounting Lineup

Sage says Sage Peachtree 2012 features new tools that make it easier than ever to set up and use the small business software.

Anomalous Networks Seeks to End Mobile Phone Bill Shock

Do your cell phone bills come in over budget every month? Anomalous Networks says its Telicost technology lets SMBs save money by setting policies and rules for using mobile devices.

Desktop Virtualization Eases Small Business IT Burden

NComputing sets its sights on the small business with Office in a Box which, through desktop virtualization, supports up to 33 people from a single host PC or server.

HP Unveils Printers for Small Businesses, Branch Offices

Seeking to give small business mobile professionals and telecommuters more flexibility, HP introduces the HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer and HP Officejet Pro 8000 Enterprise Printer.

Fishbowl Adds Hosted Inventory Geared to Small Business

The maker of the most popular inventory add-on for QuickBooks has launched a hosted version designed for small businesses that don't want to deal with the IT issues related to maintaining a server.

Dell Revamps Small Business Laptops, Adds New SMB Desktop

The computer maker has refreshed its Vostro 3000 series of small business laptops with a focus on collaboration.

Mobile Tips: 50 Must-Have Android Apps for Business Travel

Pack these Android apps into your smartphone, and you'll be prepared no matter where your business travel takes you.

M86 Security Debuts Full-Featured Security Suite for SMBs

The new security package offers small businesses the same security tools used by large enterprises, but at an affordable price through a subscription licensing model.

TechStars Network Will Expand Entrepreneur Mentorship

TechStars Network, part of the TechStars seed funding and entrepreneur mentorship program, will help create more seed accelerator programs as part of the Startup America Partnership.

Siemens to Unwrap OpenScape Office V3 Unified Communications

Siemens OpenScape V3 Office unified communications provides SMBs voice, conferencing services, presence, IM, messaging, fax, mobility, social networking and multiple location capabilities.

50 Free Apps for Your Android Smartphone

We love apps and we love them even more when they're free. Sift through this crop of 50 Android apps to find something useful, fun and -- oh yeah -- free.

Dell Refreshes Portfolio, Including Small Business IT Solutions

In what it characterizes as the broadest introduction of products and services in the history of the company, Dell takes the wraps off its new portfolio, including small business solutions.

Elance: Small Business Online Contractor Work Heats Up

Elance, a platform for small businesses to contract talent online, said online contract workers earned more than $27 million via its platform in Q4.

Receivables Exchange Turns SMB Receivables into Cash Flow

With working capital tied up in accounts receivable and credit in short supply, SMBs lack funds to fuel growth. The Receivables Exchange says the answer lies in an underutilized asset: accounts receivable.

The Best Small Business Technology at CES 2011

The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas may focus on consumer electronics, but it offers plenty of small business technology, too. We look at the best CES offers SMBs.

Small Business Technology: Cloud Computing on the Rise

Experts say prospects are bright in 2011 as small business IT begins to embrace cloud computing. Benefits include enterprise-class technology at a fraction of the cost of on-premises solutions.

Small Businesses Plan to Spend on Mobile, Virtualization

The most recent CDW IT Monitor finds that one-in-five small business IT decision-makers plan to invest in new small business technology in the next six months.

Intuit Study: Small Businesses Are Hiring

The Intuit Small Business Employment Index suggests that SMBs are taking advantage of the soft job market by adding lower wage jobs. Meanwhile, Intuit Websites service makes a strong showing.

SDI Debuts Tiered Managed Small Business Security Services

Seeking to provide easy, inexpensive data security services for SMBs, SDI debuts its Red, White and Blue suite of tiered managed solutions.

One-Half of SMBs Say 'No' to Social Networking

Citing small business network security and data protection, 50 percent of SMBs prohibit employees from visiting social networking sites.

2 Strategies Help SMBs Secure Federal Contracts

American Express OPEN survey: SMBs that team with other small businesses or that subcontract for larger contractors, are more likely to win Federal Government contracts.

35 Productivity Apps for Your Android Smartphone

Conduct your business anytime from anywhere with 35 Android mobile apps -- both free and paid -- that are designed to help you stay productive.

FileSafe Retools Small Business Server Pricing

Selling small business technology can be a tricky business, but Kim Brand, inventor of Server Partners' FileSafe SMB server, has taken a page from the cell phone industry's playbook to help seal the deal.

How to Buy a Small Business Notebook Computer

Whether your SMB needs cheap laptops for checking -mail while on the go or a desktop replacement behemoth, these tips will help you choose the right small business notebook computer for your needs.

Sage Exchange Helps SMBs Accept All Forms of Payments

New cloud-based payments platform provides payments processing environment that allows SMBs to accept payments from Web, phone, terminal, mobile and scanner.

ProPay Adds ACH Encryption to ProtectPay Services

New feature means ProPay clients can use the ACH network to collect and disperse funds without ever handling customers' sensitive banking information.

Google Teams With SBA to Boost Small Business

New 'Tools for Online Success' Web site features training on leveraging free online marketing tools, paid advertising, social networking and search engine optimization.

Zmanda's Data Backup: Enterprise Quality, SMB Prices

With an upgrade to its flagship Amanda Enterprise Edition data backup and disaster recovery software, Zmanda brings open source, enterprise-grade capabilities to SMB.

Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs, Hulu Style

Shows on GotBiz.tv, a new WebTV network, focus on business and marketing education for entrepreneurs -- without the stuffy corporate-speak.

Ringio Brings the Enterprise Call Center to the SMB

Cloud-based 'Rich Calling' service offers SMBs integrated customer relationship management (CRM) and intelligent routing.

Microsoft Unwraps Small Biz Server 2003

Enter Small Business Server 2003, a server operating system which combines Windows Server 2003 with Exchange 2003, SharePoint Services, Remote Web Workplace, VPN, remote monitoring and control, and more for $599 and up.

OpenOffice to Own Small Biz Market?

The open source project positions the suite's next version as another step in a quest to make inroads on Microsoft's dominance with Office products. The project is especially trying to drive home its message to among small business users.

Office 2003 Sent to Manufacturers

Microsoft sends the latest version of its office productivity suite to manufacturing and details pricing for the various editions. The software giant also takes the wraps off pricing for Office System components.

AT&T Offers 40,000 Apps Online

The telecommunication giant this week launched a national trial of what it hopes will become one of the world's largest digital software libraries.

Exchange 2003 Released to Manufacturing

The new version of Exchange nears general availability as Microsoft ships the integrated collaboration environment to manufacturers. The standard edition is geared for small- to medium-sized organizations.

Consumers Still Wary of Online Security

In the wake of the high-profile security vulnerability discovered in Microsoft's Passport service earlier this month, MasterCard International says U.S. consumers still site enhanced security and privacy features as key factors in their decisions on whether to spend online. Learn how security factors into your customers' online buying tendencies.

WinZip 9.0 Beta Adds AES Support

The new beta version of WinZip Computing's data-compression utility adds support for the Advanced Encryption Standard. Also, a new E-Mail Attachment Add-On for Outlook streamlines the process of compressing files attached to Microsoft Outlook e-mail messages.

Office 2003: To Each According to His Need

As Office 2003 edges closer to launch this summer, Microsoft has begun to provide greater clarity into its strategy for the productivity suite, including the reasoning behind its decision to release it in six different editions.

Microsoft Unleashes Second Wave Of Office Beta Testing

The applications in Microsoft's Office suite are sporting new names as the software titan moves to put data interchange at the heart of its office productivity platform. In related news, Sun Microsystems gets set to test its StarOffice productivity suite.

Microsoft To Tweak Licensing Plan For SMBs

With Open Value, Microsoft is offering a licensing option to small businesses that is similar to its scheme for licensing software to enterprise-class customers. But will small businesses buy it?

E-Commerce Standardization Plans Made Public

The standards consortium unveils the latest iteration of a specification intended to bring Web-based development to interactive voice response applications.

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