Microsoft Targets SMBs In Windows 7 Full-Court Press

Many SMBs are more concerned with keeping the lights on these days than they are about deploying Windows 7. But Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) wants SMBs to know that moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 will yield immediate productivity benefits that quickly translate into cost savings. At a press event in New York last week held in conjunction with the Windows 7 launch, Microsoft brought out several SMB partners from its Windows 7 Small Business Ignite Program to talk about the advantages of moving to Windows 7. Microsoft hasn’t said much about the shadowy Small Business Ignite Program other than that…

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Microsoft Targets SMBs In Windows 7 Full-Court Press

Many SMBs are more concerned with keeping the lights on these days than they are about deploying Windows 7. But Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) wants SMBs to know that moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 will yield immediate productivity benefits that quickly translate into cost savings.At a press event in New York last week held in conjunction with the Windows 7 launch, Microsoft brought out several SMB partners from its Windows 7 Small Business Ignite Program to talk about the advantages of moving to Windows 7. Microsoft hasn’t said much about the shadowy Small Business Ignite Programother than that it launched in March and gave small…

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Virtual Desktops: Dumber is Better

  The traditional desktop PC computing model is an endangered species, at least in the corporate world. Desktops are expensive ― Gartner estimates that the annual cost of a typical desktop installation runs from $4,000 to $6,000 a year. Maintenance is a chore and security is a constant nag. And, by most measures, the user experience is another pain point, although that’s not a part of the trinity of time, cost and security that goes into the IT department’s calculus. Still, it’s enough to make IT managers look back fondly on the days of mainframes and dumb clients and try…

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How to use Twitter for Business – SMB style!

  Fellow SMB consultants and channel partners all ask the same question – how can I use Twitter for business purposes. Sure cheering for your favorite college football team is fun on the weekend via TWEETS. But where is the “there there” in business with Twitter. I have asked the same questions.After hearing Dan Hollings at Robin Robin’s boot camp in April 2009,I gleamed further insights into the world of Tweets when I attended the O’Reilly Twitter workshop in Manhattan (June 2009) and heard from Whole Foods, Dunkin Donuts and Zappos executives on Twitter usage. Then we brought Dan Hollings…

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eMazzanti Technologies Eighth Anniversary Captures New Jersey Governor’s Attention

  Wow – it’s always great to have a good friend succeed! This is an especially heartfelt post about my good friends Carl And Jennifer Mazzanti winning well-deserved recognition from the NJ Guv! The Mazzanti’s are long-time SMB Nation attendees and are often featured in Microsoft case studies and advertisements. Recently I featured this firm, eMazzanti, in SMB PC magazine in our “SMB Startups” story (read in the 2Q2009 issue at www.smbnation.com under Publications, Magazine). I hold this firm in highest regard for starting in a recessions (right around the 9/11 tragedy) and growing and going ever sense. Read the…

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Wall Street Journal | Firms Fight Slump With Pro Bono Work

Pro Bono Work Helps Firms Fight Economic Slump Some small businesses are following the recession playbook of the unemployed. Just as many laid-off workers are volunteering more to fill up their free time and enhance their résumés, small-business owners and their employees are doing more pro bono services or volunteer work as a marketing and customer-relations strategy. The recession hit Studio G Architects Inc. of Boston particularly hard last fall, causing 2008 revenue to drop 30% from the prior year, says Gail Sullivan, the principal. Clients of the 16-year-old architectural firm killed or put on hold 10 projects last October….

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M5 Networks Announces Prestigious Partner of the Year Award Winner eMazzanti Technologies for …

NEW YORK, NY (August 4, 2009) M5 Networks,</span rel=”nofollow”> Inc., leader in hosted VoIP technology, announces the prestigious Partner of the Year Award Winner eMazzanti Technologies for the New Jersey Region.  eMazzanti delivers innovative and cost-effective computer networking solutions utilizing M5’s VoIP phone systems based on a platform of mutual customers.  For nearly a decade, eMazzanti Technologies has received consistently high scores in M5’s customer satisfaction surveys.  M5 Networks is happy to publicly acknowledge eMazzanti as a computer networking leader and the New Jersey Partner of the Year. M5 Networks selects partners of the year based on a set of…

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VARs eyeing cloud computing weigh Azure vs. Amazon Web Services

By Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director Partners willing to make the leap into cloud computing can now start looking at the Microsoft Azure vs. Amazon Web Services options. Last week, Microsoft disclosed its pricing model for Azure services, which the company has promised to bring online by year’s end. And while a Microsoft exec backed off direct price comparisons with Amazon Web Services (AWS), he did say Azure will be very competitively priced. The price comparisons presented at last week’s Worldwide Partner Conference weighed Azure Web services against Microsoft software running on-premises — not against any third-party services. For example,…

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eMazzanti Featured in Planar Blog

eMazzanti Technologies, computer network solutions provider based in Hoboken, NJ chose Planar’s PT1710MX 17″ economical resistive touchscreen LCD for the Bergen County Camera POS system installation based on the Windows® 7 operating system platform. Case study link is below. Watch for the PT1710MX starting at 1.24.

Microsoft partners ponder Azure pricing complexities

By Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director NEW ORLEANS — Some VARs want to kick the tires of Microsoft-hosted Azure cloud services, but they need to sort out a bewildering array of price details. "This is more complicated than trying to figure out the per-packet cost of my mobile wireless service," said Rand Morimoto, CEO of Convergent Computing, a long-time Microsoft Gold partner, when apprised of the price plan. Price options include a 12 cents per hour charge for compute power; 15 cents per gigabyte of data stored, 10 cents per 10k storage transaction and 10 cents per gigabyte of data…

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