Here we go again! As I do each week, I am really enjoying bringing our readers a quick round-up of the blog coverage I didn’t manage to get to during the week prior.
In addition, here at SMB Nation, we are already gearing up for our annual fall event to be held Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas at the Rio! We have been hard at work designing a brand new Web site specifically for this event, which you must check out today: http://fall.smbnation.com/. For additional information on the new Web site and our fall conference, check out our blog post here.
Speaking of live events, yours truly will be attending this week’s ASCII Group Summit stop at Caesar’s in Atlantic City, NJ. I will be working the booth on the show floor, promoting both our Fall Conference and newly announced SMB Nation Peer Groups. Stop on by, and give a shout if you are attending, and let’s chat!Also, this Thursday, you will want to join Harrybbb and Josh Peterson of Bering McKinley, who will co-present our weekly webinar at 10 am PST. Harry and Josh will spend the better part of the hour discussing eight key benchmarks for your business and how to get these numbers out of your accounting package. Click here to learn more and to register for this week’s Webinar.
Please take some time to peruse a few snippets of information that we didn’t get a chance to bring you last week….let us also know if there was something we might have missed, which is not mentioned in this entry…because as you know…we love news!
1.) HP Works with Microsoft on Seamless XP Transitions: HP last week announced a collaborative approach with Microsoft Corp. to help customers transition from Windows® XP to a more current version of Windows.
Microsoft’s support for Windows XP is scheduled to end on April 8, 2014, and according to a recent HP survey, 40 percent of business customers have not yet deployed a Windows XP alternative operating system (OS).
To take advantage of changing work styles in a touch-enabled world, HP’s new portfolio of business desktops, notebooks and all-in-ones (AiOs) is optimized for Windows 7 and Windows 8. HP is transforming the workforce with a new style of IT with innovative devices like the HP ElitePad 900. With a lightweight, stylish design and enhanced security, the HP ElitePad opens up new opportunities to realize near-term benefits from the migration.
The migration from Windows XP to the latest Windows OS is an integral part of providing end users with a seamless, integrated and productive experience. HP Technology Services offers HP Mobility Transformation Services for Windows, providing customers with a complete range of consulting and support services for all stages of the Windows XP transition as part of their overall mobility strategy to meet the changing needs of their business.
Additional information about HP Client Migration Services and the latest HP PCs featuring Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system is available at HP’s XP Migration Services site.
2.) Lenovo Now Offering Latest Generation of “Tiny” ThinkCentre Desktop PC: Lenovo has introduced the latest generation of its “Tiny” ThinkCentre desktop PC – the ThinkCentre M93p, which packs powerful performance into an impressively small form factor measuring just the width of a golf ball (34.5 mm).
Lenovo also introduced the latest generation all-in-one (AIO), the ThinkCentre M93z AIO and the ThinkCentre M83 and E93 desktops. Designed with businesses in mind, all of the new ThinkCentre desktops optimize productivity and reduce costs with 4th generation Intel Core processors and top-notch energy efficiency.
The ThinkCentre M93p/M93 is currently available starting at $749.
The ThinkCentre M93z desktop, with touch and non-touch versions, is available beginning this month starting at $1,269 and $1,029 respectively.
The ThinkCentre M83 is available beginning this month starting at approximately $699.
3.) Zeacom Introduces ZCC Operator Console for Lync at Microsoft WPC: Last week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 Zeacom unveiled its Zeacom Communications Center (ZCC) Operator Console for Microsoft Lync. The new ZCC console combines Zeacom’s intuitive operator interface with Lync’s powerful unified communications capabilities to deliver improved productivity and a better caller experience.
Zeacom also announced the integration of ZCC with the Enghouse Interactive Quality Management Suite 5.0, an affordable, easy-to-use recording, reporting and evaluation solution.
Version 5.0 supports 15 languages and offers expanded desktop monitoring capabilities that allow administrators to record and monitor selected business applications according to demand. Security and recording profiles can be created to fit business needs, providing flexibility to capture desktop and telephone interactions. Administrators can leverage selective recording, application-specific recording and even schedule-based recording. The latest version includes support for Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 2012 Server, SQL 2012 and Silverlight 5.0.
4.) Server Company WebAction Announces Investment by Summit Partners: WebAction, Inc., the Real-Time Big Data Server company, said it has closed an $11 million Series B financing led by Summit Partners, a leading global growth equity firm. The new capital will allow WebAction to expand research and development, and increase investments in sales, marketing, and other business development activities.
WebAction Real-Time Big Data Server is an end-to-end platform that enables the next generation of real-time, data driven applications by acquiring, processing, and delivering structured and unstructured data. The platform allows data to be filtered, processed, enriched, and correlated while it is still in motion. WebAction users can act on diverse data in massive volumes and maximize the value of big data within their enterprises.
5.) Tech Data Commences Partnership with BitTitan: Tech Data Corporation today announced a partnership with BitTitan to offer its software solutions, which includes MigrationWiz, to its channel of resellers. Available through Tech Data's TDCloud business unit, BitTitan's automated solutions simplify the adoption and optimization of new messaging systems by using cloud technologies, making enterprise-level tasks available to companies of all sizes at a fraction of the cost.