Tech Round Up: Thursday – 22 April 2010 (GFI, eVoice, Xerox, OfferLoung, Verizon, Symantec, Serif)

Here’s a round up of tech items that did not make it as editorial posts to Smallbiztechnology.com, but that are useful for your business and for you to be aware of.
Topics include:
Backup software (GFI)
Local Canadian Telephone Numbers for US Biz (eVoice)
Document Sharing (Xerox)
Local Marketing (OfferLounge)
2009 Threats (Symantec)
Outsourced Security for Mid Size Biz (Verizon)
Drawing and Graphics Software (Serif)
GFI Software’s New Backup Solution for Small Businesses
http://www.gfi.com/backup-be
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Designed from the ground up with the busy administrator in mind, allowing them to create, assign, manage, analyze and run backup/restore tasks, even remotely.
Cost-effective, making the entire backup/restore operation a much more affordable task. GFI Backup – Business Edition retails at only $288 for one server and 5 workstations.
No Lock-ins – Uses standard Zip64 file format when instructed to compress and archive, allowing for data to be easily restored should the software not be installed on the machine or device required for recovery. This offers a great advantage over other backup solutions which use a proprietary compression format.


eVoice Makes It Easy For U.S. Businesses to Expand Into Canada
http://www.eVoice.com
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eVoice, a virtual voice service for small-to-medium sized businesses, has announced a first: availability of local Canadian phone numbers. Now, U.S companies can create a “virtual” Canadian office within minutes, while maintaining domestic operations. Signup is simple: visit www.eVoice.com and enter the desired area code to view a selection of available numbers.
Xerox DocuShare Takes the Pain Out of Paperwork with New eForms Software that Speeds and Eases Business Processes
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http://docushare.xerox.com/eforms
Did your company resolve to find new ways to be productive this year? Start by eliminating the piles of paperwork using Xerox Corporation’s eForms software. By replacing hard copy forms – like expense reports, purchase orders or time off requests – with digital files, businesses using eForms as part of the DocuShare Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Platform can securely capture, process and review information faster than ever before.
OfferLounge Launches “SIMPLE” Local Marketing to Help Main Street Merchants
http://www.OfferLounge.com/AddYourBusiness
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OfferLounge launched its Self-serve Integrated Marketing Platform for Local Enterprise or “SIMPLE” in order to help local merchants easily promote their businesses through mobile, on-line, email, social media and direct mail. SIMPLE is designed to meet the marketing needs of small, independent “Main Street” merchants needing to compete with larger, established brands.
Symantec Security Threat Report XV
http://www.symantec.com/business/theme.jsp?themeid=threatreport
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Symantec has released its Internet Security Threat Report XV. The report is a recap of all of the threats posed to businesses and consumers in 2009. The ISTR is a great tool for SMBs to use in educating their employees on the threats that are plaguing businesses right now.
Verizon Business Extends Proactive Security Program to Mid-Sized Companies
http://www.verizonbusiness.com/smp
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Medium-sized businesses can now better assess and manage their security risks associated with protecting sensitive company, employee and customer information by tapping into a new, comprehensive security assessment and certification program from Verizon.
Verizon’s Security Management Program (SMP) Business proactively protects businesses from security threats by leveraging a set of best practices to evaluate a company’s security posture. It recommends ways to cost-effectively improve security and ease compliance with industry regulations.
Serif Launches DrawPlus X4. Drawing and Graphics Software
www.Serif.com
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Serif, a design, publishing and creative software developer, today released the latest version of its award-winning drawing and graphics software. DrawPlus X4 is Serif’s most creative, versatile and user-friendly package to date, offering more intuitive design tools, professional effects, new intelligent layout features, powerful new photo editing and enhancement capabilities, and more. This software offers an extremely easy-to-use interface for anyone producing exciting, designer-style results – whatever their level of experience.

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