Tech Thursday Round Up – July 8, 2010

  • Data Rich. Information Poor. Turn Boring Business Data into Strategic & Profitable Decisions
  • 7 Web Site Design Lessons from Dell.com That You Can Apply to Your Web Site
  • Your Next Phone: The Network Speed is so Important. Test It in Real Life.
  • What Microsoft’s Discontinuing of the Kin and SideKick Should Teach You

Data Rich. Information Poor. Turn Boring Business Data into Strategic & Profitable Decisions
July 21, 2010 – Wednesday – 2:00pm EST
Thumbnail image for mydialslogo.pngOne of the many challenges growing businesses face is knowing how to translate the data flow into useful information and ensuring they make the right decisions. Every business executive knows that in today’s super-connected world of online communications, a slow decision can be as deadly as an incorrect decision and not making any decision is not leadership.
In the webinar “Data Rich. Information Poor”, Wayne Morris, CEO of myDIALS and Ramon Ray, Editor and Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com will discuss how technology can be used to turn your raw data into a powerful asset for strategic decision making. More details and register here.


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7 Web Site Design Lessons from Dell.com That You Can Apply to Your Web Site
Dell is a mutli-billion dollar company which makes billions of dollars per year selling online. Their web site is very important to them. VERY important. Dell is much larger than your business and yet the principles they have implemented in building their own online presence can be applied to your growing business.
Read the article from Michael Buck, Director and General Manager for the Global Small and Medium Online Business at Dell on Smallbiztechnology.com.
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Your Next Phone: The Network Speed is so Important. Test It in Real Life.

While we’re all googly eyed over fancy phones and fancy speeds, keep in mind that your phone might have the technology on board to deliver 10MB per second speeds, but if the carrier you’re on is only as fast at 500kbs then it doesn’t matter.
I highly suggest you read Walt Mossberg’s overview of high speed cellular networks to get the update on your smartphone and its Internet connectivity.
Downloading apps is great, but if you can’t use them, or use them at sufficient speeds, it doesn’t matter. Read the full article here.
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What Microsoft’s Discontinuing of the Kin and SideKick Should Teach You

The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft will discontinue it’s Kin phones (made for consumers and not businesses).
The article read The Redmond, Wash., company said it won’t sell the existing Kin phones in Europe this fall as planned and that it will work with its sales partner, Verizon Wireless, to sell remaining U.S. inventories.
As I’ve said before, I do not think growing businesses can afford to be early adopters. No one could predict that that Kin would be discontinued. For all we knew it could have taken off and been the next iPhone.
However, my suggestion is to be VERY careful, and purchase with your “eyes wide open”. Be careful when investing in new technology or technology that is newly created by companies who are new to creating it.
This does not mean to NEVER buy new technology, but this means that before rolling the technology out to all your employees or making it a core part of your business, wait several months to give the company creating the new product lots of time to work out all the bugs and to give customers time to vent their complaints or problems, so you can really know if it is a product for you. Read the rest on Smallbiztechnology.com

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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 Smallbiztechnology.com and Small Business Trends.