Small and Medium Businesses

Google ends small business' free ride on Google Apps

Google will start charging small businesses to use its Google Apps productivity suite as the company mines previously free services for new revenue streams. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees will now be charged $50 a year -- the same rate paid by larger businesses to use the Web-based tools, which include e-mail, word processor, spreadsheet and presentation graphics tools.

The move will allow the Web giant to focus on the quality of the business user's experience, Google explained today in a company blog post.

Ipanema will offer WAN optimization as a small business service

Ipanema Technologies, the France-based maker of WAN optimization gear, announced Monday that it would integrate that technology into the company's AppsWork product, which is designed for use by small businesses.

In partnership with distributor Ingram Micro, Ipanema will offer ostensibly hassle-free WAN optimization through AppsWork, a cloud service that provides a range of other network performance enhancements on demand.

Twitter cherche à attirer les TPE – PME

Dans le cadre d’une promotion pour inciter les TPE/PME à exploiter ses solutions publicitaires, Twitter va allouer une enveloppe d’un million de dollars à 10 000 entreprises.

Ces dernières recevront chacune jusqu’à 100 dollars de crédit pour mettre en avant leurs produits et services via des comptes dédiés ou des tweets dits promotionnels de par leur portée et leur visibilité.

France: Iomega sauvegarde les PME.

Iomega met son catalogue de stockage réseau (NAS) au parfum des nouveaux enjeux auxquels sont confrontés les entreprises. La filiale du géant EMC se concentre toujours sur les besoins des PME, s’exprimant en termes de centralisation et de protection des données, mais aussi d’intégration du cloud et d’accès à distance, avec en toile de fond des usages annexes comme la vidéosurveillance.

AT&T rolls out cloud-based Microsoft Office

Seeking to beef up its products and services for small and midsize businesses, AT&T announced that it will offer Microsoft Office 365 as a cloud-based service.

AT&T is making the SaaS (software as a service) available for its 300,000 small-business customers, providing mobile and desktop access to popular Microsoft programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Lync instant messaging platform.

France: Orange décline son "Cloud Pro" à destination des TPE

Orange décline son cloud pro à destination des TPE, artisans et auto-entrepreneurs, avec un bouquet d’applications métiers réunies sous la dénomination "Sélections Pro".

L’offre comprend 5 formules, pour autant de professions : le commerce, la santé, l’hôtellerie-restauration, le bâtiment et le conseil.

Numbers Reveal Why Facebook Is Trying to Seduce Small Business

Facebook has been laying it on thick trying to convince small businesses to advertise to its members. It developed a slick desktop interface to tempt owners of Facebook pages to upgrade from regular posts to promoted posts, for example, then it upgraded its mobile pages app to sell ads in a similar fashion.

Cisco, NetApp announce pre-configured platform for small businesses

NetApp and Cisco this week revealed ExpressPod, a new converged infrastructure for small and medium-sized organizations based on its predecessor, FlexPod. ExpressPod fills out a mid-sized offering the partnership had been lacking.

Additionally, Cisco and NetApp will announce new storage clustering capabilities to FlexPod and the release of a validated VMware solution for the Oracle RAC (Real Application Cluster) on FlexPod.

US: smartphones and tablets make SMBs more efficient.

A new survey of 753 mobile device users and IT professionals in U.S. small businesses revealed that most are unfamiliar with mobile device management (MDM) technology, even though 79% have deployed smartphones to at least some workers.

The survey, conducted by CDW from July through September, found that despite the overwhelming use of personal devices, 67% of IT managers are unfamiliar with MDM software. Only 22% of those who were familiar with MDM tools have deployed or plan to

Intel shows off personal cloud for consumers, small business

Intel is getting into the personal cloud storage game with the introduction of its own Atom processor-based storage solutions aimed towards both consumers and small businesses.

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