Tech Thursday Round Up – June 10, 2010

  • Cisco Introduces Smart Storage to Help Small Businesses Address Growing Storage Needs
  • 12HoursOfTech: 12 Hours Of Knowledge. Lifetime Of Education For Growing Businesses
  • Lots of New Products and Services from HP
  • Producteev Redefines Task Management with New Breakthrough Product
  • Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G – Showing That You Can Be Productive Anywhere
  • Happy Birthday M5 Networks
  • Symantec Hosted Services Launches Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection
  • Reasons Website Visitors Abandoned Their Shopping Carts

Cisco Introduces Smart Storage to Help Small Businesses Address Growing Storage Needs
cisco.gifTo help small businesses respond to the dramatic growth of electronic information and meet their evolving storage needs, Cisco today announced the launch of Cisco Smart Storage, a family of affordable, easy-to-use desktop network storage solutions with integrated business applications. Cisco Small Business NSS 300 Series Smart Storage provides end users with an integrated, highly secure method to store and share critical business data. Designed specifically for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees, Cisco Smart Storage further highlights Cisco’s focus on delivering the affordable, easy-to-use technology small businesses need to drive productivity and growth.
Cisco’s press release

12HoursOfTech: 12 Hours Of Knowledge. Lifetime Of Education For Growing Businesses
This coming Friday, June 11, is organizing 12HoursOfTech.
12hoursoftech-150x54.pngThis event, sponsored by Net@Work and hosted by Microsoft will bring together technology executives to educated growing businesses, entrepreneurs and small businesses in how to leverage technology as a tool to grow their business.
If you can’t be there – don’t worry – we’ll be tweeting about it (#12hoursoftech) and video taping it.
Starting at 8:00 in the morning until 8:00 in the evening, including a reception, you can spend the day with us and learn how to acquire customers, keep customers and be secure online. Read more on
Lots of New Products and Services from HP
Check out the web site here…
Producteev Redefines Task Management with New Breakthrough Product
Producteev Two Gives Users the Fastest, Most Seamless Way to Stay Organized and On Top of Tasks Across All Platforms and Communication Channels
producteev.JPGProducteev, a leading provider of cross platform task management, announced its breakthrough new product, Producteev Two. By plugging into the broadest array of popular communication tools, Producteev Two extends users’ ability to efficiently capture tasks, email-based action items or schedule deadlines, using whatever communication channel they prefer. The product, free to individuals, connects to a myriad of popular communication tools, so scheduling tasks is a seamless experience that doesn’t require any change in users’ workflow. People can now use a task manager without having to go to a web app if they don’t want to. They can send tasks from their email or IM and get notifications back. The company’s goal is to redefine the task management landscape, and help users achieve peace-of-mind by liberating individuals and teams from having to manage their tasks, workload and deadlines through their email inbox, since existing solutions have thus far fallen short.
In addition, the company announced the launch of Producteev Two for the iPhone and the planned release of its desktop client for the Mac platform, which will be available later this month. The mobile app, also free, works offline and syncs in the background when the user goes back online; it also sends push notifications. Producteev Two for the iPhone will be available for download on the iTunes App Store imminently.
Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G – Showing That You Can Be Productive Anywhere
I’ve been writing a few blog posts for AT&T’s Lose the Laptop web site and in these posts we cover the wonderful world of “no laptop” in lieu of using a smartphone.
I was at Sprint’s NY launch of the HTC EVO 4G and I must say the phone is powerful, feature rich and overall enables you to do quite a bit when you are out of the office and want to be as productive out of the office as in the office.
Of course Apple just launched a new iPhone. What does this mean to your business?
As you consider using more and more mobile technology keep these things in mind… Read the rest on
Happy Birthday M5 Networks
m5.JPGM5 Networks Celebrates 10 Years of VoIP Innovation with Launch of New, Smart Business Phone System Hosted Platform Combines Industry-leading Phone Service with Cloud Integration that Seamlessly Connects Phones with Business Applications
As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, M5 Networks, the market leader in hosted business VoIP telephone systems, today announced the formal launch of its new hosted Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software platform, M5’s Smart Business Phone System. “Over the last decade, our clients have transformed their business operations with our pioneering hosted model, and now they’re ready for the next leap forward,” said Dan Hoffman, CEO of M5 Networks.
In the past, M5 delivered its service by using Broadsoft’s phone system software. Today, M5 concludes its five-year “stealth-mode” project to develop its own software more tailored to the needs of its business customers. M5’s Smart Business Phone System has already been delivering service on behalf of more than 20,000 end-users working in hundreds of mid-size businesses, adding thousands of new clients and facilitating conversions from its older platforms every month.
Symantec Hosted Services Launches Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection
SaaS portfolio provides complete approach to hosted security for SMBs from the gateway to the endpoint
symantec.gifSymantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the launch of Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection, a new cloud-based offering for small and medium sized organizations who wish to deploy comprehensive security for their computer systems without the need for additional hardware or management software. Customers will now be able to protect their Windows-based laptops, desktops, and file servers from the proliferation and growing sophistication of threats with the simplicity and convenience of a cloud-based service.
Harnessing more than eighteen years of experience developing award-winning technologies for anti-virus and endpoint protection, Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection is designed to safeguard endpoint systems with a single solution managed from a Web-based console offering advanced protection from the endpoint to the gateway.
Reasons Website Visitors Abandoned Their Shopping Carts
Last year, 154 million people in the U.S. made online purchases amounting to $155.2 billion in sales, or approximately $1000 each, according to recent Forrester research. But these are just the ones that made it through the process: ever since the very first online purchase in 1979, significantly more people abandoned shopping carts than complete their purchases.
The shopping cart abandonment rate is currently 71 percent. That means that more than 7 out of every 10 customers that start a shopping cart process fail to complete it. And during 2009, 88 percent of U.S. online customers abandoned at least one shopping cart, or 136 million people in total.
The reasons why website visitors abandon shopping carts haven’t changed much either.
Read more here.

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Laura plans and manages Smallbiztechnology's live and virtual events, including the five-city Small Business Technology Tour, now in its third year. She also produces events for clients through her event planning company, L2 Event Production. Her popular roundups of events and competitions for small businesses is published weekly on and Small Business Trends.