Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Conversations with 3 very different SMBs illustrate the range of approaches to Windows 7 - and other top tech issues

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How big does your company need to be for virtualization to pay off? VMware, Dell have very different opinions

Friday, December 18, 2009

If Google buys Yelp, will it be good or bad for local and small businesses? The answer is... Yes!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

J. Peterman - yes, THAT J. Peterman of Seinfeld fame - uses clever tech to rejuvenate its reborn business

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Plus, an excerpt from Woessner's book: The Small Business Owner's Handbook To Search Engine Optimization
Real-world search engine optimization (SEO) tips for small businesses. Stephen Woessner says all it takes is your time

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It galls me when pundits argue enterprise vs consumer technlogy. I hate it when they forget about SMB technology

Friday, December 11, 2009

Review: HP's slieek and slick ProBook 5310m Offers SMBs (almost) full power in a thin-and-light notebook.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

All mobile users are not alike, so why does your company give them all the same equipment and service?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dell's new Vostro V13 thin and light laptop is almost - can I say it - sexy. And it's for SMBs! Strange things are afoot.
Identity theft isn't a problem just for consumers and big businesses. Small businesses are vulnerable too. These 5 tips can help:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Google Favorite Places adds window stickers to compete with Yelp and Zagat. Dunno about the bar codes, though.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Comcast - NBC deal clearly demonstrates the need for Net Neutrality:
The real question, of course, is whether businesses are buying netbooks, and if so, what they're using them for...
HP Mini 5101 is the kind of business netbook that businesses might buy if businesses were buying business netbooks.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

When you hear the name Cisco, do you think small business? The company really, really, wants to change that.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Storage, Storage, Storage: New SMB storage devices in small, medium, and large sizes.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

HP pitches thin computing to small and midsize businesses - but are they interested?
Office 2010 beta arrives! Hear are the 12+ changes that will matter most to SMBs -- and why they may not matter at all.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Even itty-bitty companies need CRM, right? QuickBooks maker debuts Intuit Customer Manager.
What are touch screens really good for -- besides kiosks and restaurants? How about healthcare? Or laptops?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Who are the best technology vendors for small and midsize companies? IDC names 16 of 'em:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

HP Buys 3Com. bMighty offers the SMB perspective on today's big tech news:
How HP plans to rule the world of SMB technology. Insight into the company's not-so-secret plan.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Would you be willing to bet your paycheck that you could find a specific email from your CEO from 18 months ago?
HP says color invoices get paid 30 percent faster! Who knew?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

PayPal wants to replace cash/checks by cutting prices and opening its payment platform. Would you pay the rent with it?
Small Business Economic Forecast: cautious, with a chance of pay cuts

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Got a BlackBerry? Want to find the best business apps? Check out bMighty's latest slideshow for the top 10!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Everybody'strying to cash in on helping companies migrate to Windows 7. KACE is one Riverbed's another
What does "Branch Warming" mean to you? To Riverbed, it's one way to boost wide-area networking performance from branch offices.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Small businesses to trail larger competitors in planned IT buys. But 94% will hold on to IT staffers.
What to expect when you're expecting a recovery. SMBs hope for turnaround - but worry about going out of business.

Monday, October 26, 2009

How reliable is Windows 7? Ask Windows 7! Its Reliability Monitor tracks OS and apps crashes and more.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Oops, I made a mistake! Last Winter I predicted that Windows 7 would NOT ship in 2009. My bad...
Microsoft explains why Windows 7 comes in so many versions. Sort of...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Final session of bMighty virtual event is about to start: Guerilla Virtualization. How cool is that?
Windows 7 promises to fight crime, cure cancer, and remove unwanted hair. Here's what it will REALLY do for SMBs
bMighty virtual event live NOW! Dealing With Data Centers In Tough Times
bMighty virtual event live NOW! Dealing With Data Centers In Tough Times

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Should SMBs upgrade to Windows 7? A point/counterpoint with Microsoft's Margo Day.

Monday, October 19, 2009

From synchonization to collaboration, 5 - hidden - benefits of Cloud Storage for SMBs

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Everything is now finally in place for local businesses to connect with customers online" says Google:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Steven Tyler @ Oracle Openworld: What's the difference between windows and a virus? Viruses keep getting better!
Only 7 more days till bMighty bCentered, bMighty's virtual event designed to help SMBs deal with their data centers.
How do top PC vendors serve smaller companies? Check out bMighty's latest slideshow: SMB Strategies Of The PC Stars

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

For, "The End Of Software" has become "The Best Of Both Worlds." Frankly, I think that's progress.
Do small companies need to manage their online reputations? Marchex says yes, and offers new tool -
HP/Compaq Rolls Out New SMB Laptops, Desktops and TouchScreen PCs For Windows 7 -- and the Compaqs are cheap!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Motorola moves Wi-Fi outside with new high-powered 802.11n access point - says it enables new small business uses.
Who knows what secrets lurk in the hearts and minds of midmarket CIOs? IBM does!
New Iomega desktop network storage appliance - the StorCenter ix2-200 - pushes high-end features into small offices

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hybrids aren't only for cars. i365 and CTERA debut hybrid (online and on-premesis) storage/backup solutions for SMBs

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cisco, Tandberg, and the future of videoconferencing for SMBs - smaller customers want low prices and interoperability

Monday, October 5, 2009

Does it make sense to upgrade existing machines from Windows XP to WIndows 7? A Microsoft reseller says: "Yes."

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Do you love bMighty? Of course you do! So why not download the free bMighty Browser Toolbar?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Scanner Terms. Yes, scanner terms. Bet you don't know all 71 in our new glossary!
Small businesses need performance too! New Dell Vostro 430 desktop leverages Windows 7 and Intel Core i5 and i7 chips.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

SMB security provider sees $1 billion markets becoming $100 million markets - and says that's a GOOD thing!
Intuit upgrades QuickBooks 2010 accounting software with faster performance, better reporting, easier installation

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

An open letter to Microsoft: Why you need to make Windows 7 a free upgrade from Vista -

Monday, September 21, 2009

SaaS Holds Big Appeal For Midsize CIOs. At least some of 'em. For some things. As long it's not mission critical...
2 bMighty stories that show "Freemium" really can work: and

Friday, September 18, 2009

Top 10 Best Technology Ideas. . . That Really Aren't. #10 - Telecommuting
Top 10 Best Technology Ideas. . . That Really Aren't. #9 - Cloud Computing
Top 10 Best Technology Ideas. . . That Really Aren't. #8: Leasing technology instead of buying it
Top 10 Best Technology Ideas. . . That Really Aren't. # 7: Sticking with Windows XP
Top 10 Best Technology Ideas. . . That Really Aren't. #6: Constant Connectivity

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Top 10 Best Technology Ideas. . . That Really Aren't. #6 Constant Connectivity
Top 10 Best Technology Ideas. . . That Really Aren't: #5 Social Networking For Employees

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Top 10 Best Technology Ideas. . . That Really Aren't: #4 Hating On Microsoft And Google
Top 10 Best Technology Ideas. . . That Really Aren't. #3 Javascript
Top 10 Best Technology Ideas... That Really Aren't: #2 Tracking Your Employees' Internet Use
Top 10 Best Technology Ideas... That Really Aren't. #1 Netbooks!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cisco refreshes its Small Business Pro lineup with new security appliance, VoIP phones and - of course - routers
Let the business cellular service price wars begin! Sprint fires the first shot...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Do you think of Samsung for business technology? The company is planning to change that perception:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Do midsize companies need business intelligence? IBM thinks so, introduces Cognos Express

Friday, September 11, 2009

What is email worth to your company? Nothing? As in free? Or thousands, as in Microsoft Exchange?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Lunch with Salesforce and Twitter - and a great Las Vegas story (no, not me...)
What makes a notebook an "SMB notebook"? Heck if I know, but I liked the HP ProBook 4510s anyway
New survey says small businesses know all about the benefits of power management, but aren't doing much about it
8 Tips on what to do when the social media conversation turns ugly -

Friday, September 4, 2009

Is Twitter 7 times better than other social media? Warrillow says so, at least when looking for deals...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

How much is a friend worth? About 18 cents. At least that's what uSocial is selling "targeted Facebook friends" for
"VMware Go" online configuration tool makes virtualization easier for small businesses. With video!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Netbooks and cloud computing - are they really all that? Not according to some SMBs in a new survey:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Newsflash - Fred questions Apple... again! This time I ask: Does Apple's Snow Leopard really matter to SMBs?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

For cloud computing, the question is no longer WHY, but WHY NOT? So says Forrester Reasearch.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Why would small businesses need cable TV? To watch Ice Road Truckers? Actually, its all about sports and CNN

Monday, August 24, 2009

Is videoconferencing really ready for small businesses? Not until it's really and truly interoperable.

Friday, August 21, 2009

More small businesses now advertise online than in traditional media. Still spending more on old media, though.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Windows 7 Update: Too late for the RC, but here are some tips and security worries:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Best. Article. Ever. (Zombie research by a guy named Smith? - the ? is actually part of his name!)
Mid-Market Heroes: Why -- And How -- One Brick-And-Mortar Business Went Virtual
Back from vacation with: What are small businesses afraid of? Fears are different than "pain points."

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

In beauteous yak meadow. 12K feet... And full cell service.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Shanghai here I come. So far the businesses all seem large, not small.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Is it time to let your employees "bring their own PC"? I think it's a great idea - and so do some companies!

Monday, July 27, 2009

bMighty's new Business Case Builder: a downloadable PPT to justify technology investments. First up: Asset Management

Thursday, July 23, 2009

This computer services company knows which IT equipment is reliable - and which products aren't.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Resurrected! 7 Technologies That Won't Stay Dead. Stuff we just can't seem to kill - for good or ill

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

From teleconferencing to telecommuting, universal broadband rewrites the rules on how SMBs do business

Monday, July 20, 2009

Riverbed creates Virtual Edition of its Steelhead Mobile Controller, cuts price in half (but still $6000)

Friday, July 17, 2009

"Green Snapshot" Uses QuickBooks To Estimate Your Business' Carbon Footprint - it's pretty cool
Is SEO a boondoggle? Search Engine Optimization expert Jill Whalen takes aim at "useless SEO parlor tricks." I boil it down to a list:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Do small businesses want stylish all-in-one computers? Dell's latest Vostro PC is about to find out -

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What Microsoft Azure Means To SMBs - Think Platform as a Service (PaaS) , not competitor to Amazon/Google -

Monday, July 13, 2009

Microsoft Office 2010 gets free online version + new SKU for SMBs. Meanwhile, Windows 7 reaches out to small business

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Who says environmentalism doesn't pay? One SoCal Web shop makes Green work for the planet, and for the bottom line:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

What does Google Chrome OS mean to SMBs? Cheaper netbooks? Perhaps. The death of Microsoft? Not so much.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

It's 10:30, Do You Know Where Your Employees Are? It's easier than ever to track, but do you really want to know?

Monday, July 6, 2009

7 Cheap - but not entirely free - ways for small businesses to build a brand online
Upgraded e-mail marketing system for small businesses adds multimedia and social media. From Poland. No, seriously.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

IBM study suggests 2 kinds of midmarket companies: IT cost cutters vs IT innovators. Which kind is your company:

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Are you an Amazon affiliate? Not if you live in North Carolina or Rhode Island you're not.
bMighty is all about cloud computing today, Step 3. A crisis of confidence among SMBs?
bMighty is all about cloud computing today, Step 2. Cloud Computing. by the hour
bMighty is all about cloud computing today, Step 1. Amazon talks small vs. large

Monday, June 29, 2009

The future of videoconferncing, or "How come anyone bothers to meet in person any more?"
The future of videoconferncing, or "how come anyone bothers to meet in person any more?
Using a Macs may be easy, but what about managing them in mixed environments with PCs? KACE promises help:
For most small businesses, planning means figuring out how to put out today's fire. But there are tools to help -

Friday, June 26, 2009

Intel, natch, says small businesses can actually save $$ by replacing 3-year-old PCs. Are you buying that line?
How much would YOU pay for Windows 7?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

VIDEO ALERT: Watch me pontificate on Web 2.0, social networking and consumer tech in business

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Learned this fabulous word string today:: Writer ==> content provider ==> malcontent provider.
Smaller companies choose, buy, and use software differently than enterprises do. How does your company compare?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Is your Web site working hard? Or is it hardly working? SEO For SMBs - Beginners Edition
Interesting viewpt on SMB market - it really isn't one. From San Diego News Network
IBM's Lotus Symphony and eXpresso Excel collaboration service boost compatibility with Microsoft Office
Beware the new Twitter "invite" worm
Big enterprises and small businesses disagree on the best telecom vendors. Big ones like Verizon, SMBs choose Optimum

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Windows XP lovers - and you know who you are - rejoice! The OS lives on 'til 2011. Probably.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dell rolls out new servers and storage for SMBs, along with new consulting services. Woo-hoo!
Bluetooth Headsets Get Better. 4 hot new models plus big discounts on last year's best.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Top 10 Most Absurd Time Magazine Covers Almost makes blogging seem respectable!

Monday, June 15, 2009

You say "Twitter is doomed?" I say, "So what?" Social networking lives!
Why Storage Is Such A Challenge For SMBs -- NEC says it's too complicated. No Duh! takes a page from the "Drug Dealers Marketing Handbook" The First One's Free!

Friday, June 12, 2009

6 Great stories on how small businesses (SMBs) are using technology to survive The Great Recession -
Don't be 18782w34766, be YOUR COMPANY NAME. Grab your company's Facebook username tonight at midnight ET/9pm PT
Thinking of outsourcing your small business's security? Here's what every company should know
Building 43, PartnerUp Debut New And Upgraded SMB Communities, for radically different audiences,

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Will small businesses be the last bastion of desktop PCs? Will people laugh at them because of it?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My Webcast on Social Networking and Web 2.0 for SMBs starts NOW!
Final reminder for my Webcast today at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT - Web 2.0/social networking for SMBs

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

2nd-to-last reminder: My video Webcast Wednesday at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT - Social networking for SMBS!
Don't forget my Webcast tommorow at 12:30 ET on Web 2.0 for SMBs.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Apple announcements not earthshaking, but overall good news for small businesses thinking of going Mac:
The first 2 parts in a major bMighty series on how SMBs use technology to weather the Great Recession and

Friday, June 5, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I've coined a new TLA (3-letter acronym). SEO is Search Engine Optimization, so here's SMO - Social Media Optimization
Web 2.0 and Social Networking: Business Friend or Foe? Tune in next Wednesday for my live video presentation:
David Carradine (Kung Fu) and Koko Taylor (Chicago blues) both died today. The '70s are truly over.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Hot new acronym: ITE. Means "In this economy." I love it.
Communications tech tempts small businesses, but bleak economy means most aren't ready to buy:
Social Media For SMBs = So Me! Understanding is crticial to maximizing ROI.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Does Social Media Drive Sales? Vendors Say "Yes" - Research Says "No"
Has "cloud computing" been co-opted by the marketing spin-sters? SMBs know the "real" cloud.
My last Tweet about twtrcon - promise! Twitter's Business Uses and Challenges - Plus 5 Twitter Tips

Sunday, May 31, 2009

#twtrcon Kara Swisher: Twitter not so good for complex news stories and analysis.
#twtrcon. Paul Saffo: "News no longer breaks, it Tweets."
#twtrcon Small biz wants to know if Twitter will suck up all my time and if people will really buy what I have to sell?
#twtrcon Big business wonders "what should be my Twitter strategy?"
#twtrcon. Big biz asks diff questions about twitter than do small businesses
#twtrcon Banerji from Twitter says it still isn't mainstream for most people. Easy to forget here.
#twtrcon Who owns Twitter accounts related to your company? The company or the account holder? Panel disagrees!
#twtrcon Twitter for community: it's just bartending, wthout the beer
#twtrcon Twitterville author says Twitter business often starts with silly, personal things: "Nice blouse."
#twtrcon R U making $$ on Twitter? Carl's Jr.: Yeah / Dell: Yeah / KogiBBQ: Hell Yeah. Small business wins!
#twtrcon what's the best time to tweet? Test it by tweeting same thing 5x in a day, and see which gets most retweets.
#twtrcon Tip from Stephanie Nelson at Dell Outlet: "Try to find the 'Tweetspot' - what's the right number of tweets?"
#twtrcon Tip from Beth Mansfield at Carl's Jr. "Not everone is listening all the time."
#twtrcon Tip from Beth Mansfield, Carl's Jr. says: "Be funny." And delicious.
#twtrcon Stephanie Nelson from Dell Outlet says: "Twitter is meant to be a 2-way medium"
#twtrcon Mike Presad from Kogi BBQ says: "Don't Tweet too much."
RT ashiftinaction @ashiftinaction 16 Twitter Tips for Small Business Owners
#twtrcon offers a marketplace to reach local small businesses via Twitter
#twtrcon Hammer says "It pays to be a geek and an early adopter of technology.
#twtrcon Q: Does Hammer use ghosts? A: I'm afraid of ghosts!
#twtrcon Hammer asked: "Where were you when key figures were assassinated in the '60s?"
#twtrcon The Hammer tried to do "the first social media driven autobiography"
#twtrcon - MC Hammer has 700K followers. Why?
#twtrcon Jeremy Pepper uses Twitter to solve immediate problems, burps in the system, not long term issues
#twtrcon - but what about customers who refuse to be satisfied?
#twtrcon - Twitter is a public channel, so can get wider "credit" by helping them
#twtrcon - is help via Twitter really scalable? Comcast has 10 people doing it
#TWTRCON: Twitter demographics are 18-45 urban dwellers and early tech adopters - no duh
#TWTRCON: Here's good advice: don't ignore sales in favor of lastest fads
#TWTRCON: Advice is to be honest and genuine. Isn't that always good advice?
#TWTCON: Twitter experts on stage say there are no Twitter experts yet
LeBron out, Kobe in. Worst. Finals. Ever?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Small Is The New Large - working URL -
We wrote the bMighty Manifesto just before the crash last September. But it's more true now than ever. SMALL IS THE NEW LARGE gives away computer to business owner Stay tuned for more contests!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Last week I discovered "Social NOT-working" This week I learned to call Social Media "SoMe." Perfect, isn't it?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Tech takes center stage at San Francisco Small Business Week event: We all got Windows 7 (Release Candidate) DVDs!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

PayPal shares its e-commerce insights - plus 5 tips for SMBs
Affordable Tech Alternative #17 (Last one!): Plan A: A Vacation Without Connectivity | Plan B: Wi-Fi On The Plane
4% of City of London workers use their laptops in bed, often 2-6 hours per week. Security company makes hay:
Small Business Week? Isn't small business too big for just one week? Mighty rANTs!
#Interop I've always wondered how to tell if your PC i in a Botnet. ESET says its SysInspector app can tell. Has anyone tried it?
Affodable Tech Alternative # 16: Plan A: Gigabit Ethernet | Plan B: Ethernet

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tech Alternative #14 (counter-intuitive version): Plan A: Windows XP | Plan B: Windows Vista
Check out Gayle Kesten's coverage of National Small Business Week -

Monday, May 18, 2009

Affordable Tech Alternative #14: Plan A: An E-Commerce Site | Plan B: An eBay Storefront
Social Networking... and Social "Not Working" - small businesses speak out
Advice for Entrepreneurs from TiEcon 2009, or Starting Up Is Hard To Do
Affordable Tech Alternative #13: Plan A: Trade Shows | Plan B: Virtual Events

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Entrepreneur tip from TiE Con: In an interview, if they ask about salary instead of equity, you don't want them.
Entrepreneur tip from TiE Con: If you're doing it for the money, you oughtta be a VC, not an entrepreneur
Entrepreneur tip from TiE Con: If you have a VP of Marketing or VP of Sales who isn't a founder, you're already screwed.
Entrepreneur tip from TiE Con: Startups are not jobs. You are on a mission.
Entrepreneur tip from TiE Con: If you're doing a startup, you're certifiably crazy
Affordable Tech Alternative #10: Plan A: Microsoft Exchange Server | Plan B: Gmail

Friday, May 15, 2009

Affordable Tech Alternatives #9: Plan A: A Massive Marketing Campaign | Plan B: Search Engine Optimization
Tech Alternative #8: Plan A: 3G | Plan B: Wi-Fi
Tech Altenative #7: Plan A: Microsoft Office | Plan B: OpenOffice
Can you say "Tweetup"? Guy Kawasaki explains how to create a twitter following -

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tech Alternative #6: Plan A: In-Person Meetings | Plan B: Videoconferences
Small businesses need to find someone else to be "The Hammer" on collections so that they can keep good client relations
1 SMB @Intuit Town Hall is getting benefit from Stimulus Bill -- who'da thunk it?
Almost all of the SMBs have Web sites, 2/3 have updated it in last week
Online advertising not used by SMBs @Intuit Town Hall - one restaurant owner had used Google Ad Words, but gave up
All but 2 of small businesses @Intuit Town Hall get most of their new business through word of mouth
Only 2 out 14 SMBs @Intuit SMB Town Hall use email marketing
80% of SMBs at Town Hall say they will boost marketing spending this year
14 small businesses talking about tough times @Intuit Town Hall