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. We have been pretty busy around here at SMB Nation in gearing up for our SMB 150 Awards Gala Dinner, and our Spring Conference, which will be held in less than two weeks, from May 3-5, 2013, at the Microsoft Redmond Campus. For more information, and to register, go to: http://spring.smbnation.com/.
Regarding live events, Harrybbb’s will be doing a guest spot on two radio shows this week…see below for more information, and to find out when you can listen in!
· Tuesday at 9AM EDT => Listen Tuesdays @ 9am EST for the latest updates in the world of Microsoft! Update: Click here to link up and listen to the broadcast recorded today (4/23) with Harrybbb and the Microsoft Princess! Click here to learn more about the Microsoft Princess, and how you can meet up with her at this year's spring conference.
· Tuesday at 1200pm PDT > http://biztechtalk.net/ which is KLAY in Seattle/Tacoma. I’ll be speaking with Darrel Bowman…about the Spring conference.
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.) Toshiba Adds MPS Company to Support its National Dealer Networks: Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. last week expanded its domestic distributor channel by partnering with IT supplies wholesaler and managed print services company, Supplies Network.
Supplies Network – located in Saint Louis – will provide e-STUDIO multifunction products (MFPs) to Toshiba’s Business Products Center partners and authorized dealers. Under terms of the agreement, Supplies Network also offers related accessories and pre-and-post sale support to the office product dealers.
2.) Broadvox Launches Promo Pricing for SIP Trunking, Managed Hosted Voice: Broadvox has launched new promotional pricing for both its industry leading SIP Trunking and Managed Hosted Voice services. Businesses can now take advantage of a SIP Trunking solution with prices as low as $9.95/line or can easily switch to a Managed Hosted Voice solution for $19.95/seat and get free phones, plus free activation and installation.
Broadvox has launched Call Bursting with its SIP Trunking service, a new feature that gives customers the ability to handle ‘bursts’ of unexpected call volumes. Call Bursting, plus several business continuity and failover options, make Broadvox SIP Trunking a feature rich solution for customers with a premises-based IP PBX. Moreover, Broadvox’s open policy ensures its SIP Trunking service will work with most IP PBXs. Finally, by using an Integrated Access Device (IAD), virtually any TDM PBX or legacy phone system can be updated with SIP Trunks. To ease any concerns, businesses may run a free SIP Trunk Demo at any time to validate IP PBX interoperability.
The Unlimited Local Calling plan is available for $19.95 per month and the Nationwide Calling plan is available for $29.95 per month – both options include free Polycom Soundpoint IP 335 phone, free activation, and free installation.
3.) SBS Group Honored as one of 11 Top Microsoft Dynamics U.S. Partners: SBS Group was recently recognized as one of the 11 Top Performing Microsoft Dynamics U.S. Partners at Microsoft’s Convergence Conference held in New Orleans on March 18-21. Attended by more than 12,000 people, Microsoft’s Convergence Conference is the largest gathering of Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM users in the world. SBS Group provides business technology solutions to mid-sized companies through a network of regional offices across the United States.
This is the second consecutive year the Company has received this honor based on outstanding sales performance in the Microsoft Dynamics financial business applications family of products. Over the past year, SBS Group has continued expanding its industry concentrations, geographic reach and solution breadth both in its core business and through the SBS Partner Network, a Microsoft Master VAR Program. The Partner Network continues to leverage industry and technical knowledge of the collective Microsoft Dynamics group of partners.
4.) Sprint Offers Comprehensive Managed Network Solutions for SMBs: As IT and business leaders partner to provide their companies with strategic technologies, managed network and cloud services have become more vital to success. Sprint is meeting this need with comprehensive managed network solutions bundled with MPLS transport and customer premise equipment to help transform businesses while increasing workforce
Businesses also have 24x7 access to CPE performance data via Compass, Sprint’s no-charge, online tool for real-time WAN performance management, allowing customers to understand, optimize and trouble-shoot network performance, view implementation status, and understand overall network health.
5.) Vana Workforce Transforms HR Software for SMBs: Vana Workforce announced the latest release of Vana HCM Update 10, developed native on the Force.com platform from Salesforce.com, delivering the most complete suite of HR applications built for today’s social, mobile, and global workforce.
Version 10 introduces significant enhancements across the entire suite including manager delegation, recruitment & onboarding, position budgeting, time & attendance, payroll connect and more.
Vana Release 10 introduces significant enhancements to the recruitment and onboarding process delivering a complete solution to the attracting, hiring, and onboarding of talent. Key features include enhanced career site branding, candidate harvesting, email resume parsing, job requisition creation directly from position libraries, as well as updates to on-boarding with new forms version for both I-9 and W-4 for 2013.