Tech Thursday, CDW Poll, AT&T Network, Dell Vostro,, Power Point Broadcast, Carbonite

Welcome to Tech Thursday – our weekly round up of tech news and insight for your growing business.

  • CDW Poll:  28 Percent of U.S. Organizations Using Cloud Computing
  • New AT&T Network to Launch
  • New Dell Vostro 260 and 260s – Reliable, Easy-to-Use Desktop Solutions – Offer a Perfect Fit for Small Businesses
  • Expands Mobile Offering
  • Power Point: Present your message to anyone, anywhere with Broadcast Slide Show
  • Carbonite Introduces New Small Business Online Backup Solution with Low Flat Rate Pricing

CDW Poll:  28 Percent of U.S. Organizations Using Cloud Computing

CDW LLC, a leading provider of technology products and services to business, government, education and healthcare, todayannounced the results of its first Cloud Computing Tracking Poll, an assessment of current and future cloud computing use in business, government, healthcare and education based on a survey of 1,200 IT professionals familiar with their organization’s use of, or plans for, cloud computing.  Twenty-eight percent of U.S. organizations are using cloud computing today, CDW found, with most reporting (73 percent) that their first step into the cloud was implementation of a single cloud application.

While many organizations (84 percent) say they have already employed at least one cloud application, most do not yet identify themselves as cloud users who are implementing or maintaining cloud computing.  CDW defines cloud computing as a model for enabling convenient, on-demand access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned.

“Many organizations are carefully – and selectively – moving into cloud computing, as well they should, because it represents a significant shift in how computing resources are provided and managed,” said David Cottingham, senior director, managed services at CDW.  “With thoughtful planning, organizations can realize benefits that align directly with their organizational goals:  consolidated IT infrastructure, reduced IT energy and capital costs, and ‘anywhere’ access to documents and applications.” Read the full poll here.

New AT&T Network to Launch

AT&T Inc. said it plans to launch its super-fast wireless network in five cities this summer as it looks to catch up to Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Wireless.

The company earlier this year said it would speed up its deployment of the network, underscoring the importance of keeping pace in the wireless speed game. With the wireless industry increasingly touting a faster “4G” connection, carriers are under the gun to build out increasingly sophisticated networks.

AT&T, and rival T-Mobile USA, have inadvertently caused some confusion about 4G services. Earlier this year, AT&T began calling its upgraded 3G network 4G, although the service failed to meet expectations due to the slow expansion of its enhanced ground infrastructure. The company is investing in a next-generation technology called Long-Term Evolution for its summer rollout, the same technology used by Verizon Wireless. Read full article in WSJ here.

New Dell Vostro 260 and 260s – Reliable, Easy-to-Use Desktop Solutions – Offer a Perfect Fit for Small Businesses

The Dell Vostro desktop family is growing again!  Following the January debut of the Vostro 460, and AIO in March we are expanding our desktop solutions for small business by adding another solid performer to our line.

The Dell Vostro 260 and 260s desktop are designed for the small business seeking a system that can operate right out of the box.  The desktop’s easy set-up will liberate customers to focus on their business; the system is packaged with the right essential features to cover a company’s processing, security and IT needs.

Customers can power through daily tasks and enjoy seamless multi-tasking with 2nd Generation Intel® Core processors, expect even faster performance with Core i5 processors which has built-inTurbo Boost™ 2.0 Technology .  This horsepower doesn’t come at the expense of a lean silhouette, however. The Vostro 260s slim tower option has a 42% slimmer profile than the mini-tower, allowing customers to work hard even when space is at a premium.

The around-the-clock demands of operating a small business require security protection that never sleeps.  Since your data is the most valuable business asset, the Vostro 260 desktops are configured with preinstalled Backup and Recovery Manager to make routine system backups a breeze.  Additionally, customers can choose Dell DataSafe Online Backup for a full-service, 24/7 backup and recovery solution that doesn’t require extra hardware or IT staff. Expands Mobile Offering, the leader in integrated bill payment, online invoicing and cash management solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and accounting/bookkeeping firms, today expanded its mobile offering with the introduction of powerful new accounts receivable and collaboration features. Now, with Mobile, traditionally cumbersome financial management processes such as sending and updating invoices, tracking payments, collaborating with customers and maintaining records of the entire accounts receivable process becomes seamless using any smartphone, anytime and anywhere. customers now have access to the most complete mobile financial management suite on the market, geared specifically for SMBs and accountants who are looking to free themselves from antiquated paper-based accounting systems while gaining complete oversight and control of online invoicing and money movement. Mobile is the only end-to-end solution enabling users to make smarter financial decisions and pay and get paid faster on-the-go using their Android, iPhone, Blackberry, or Windows mobile device.

“’s goal is to help our customers break free from the shackles of the confined workplace while saving significant time and money on their financial management processes,” said Jeff Schultz, vice president of sales and marketing, “We are excited to introduce robust invoicing and collaboration features that complement our already strong mobile accounts payable functionality. With the latest update, is bringing our mobile offering full circle to help our customers fully eliminate the burden of dated accounting processes that no longer make sense in our 2.0 world. Running a business is tough, but managing and paying bills shouldn’t have to be.”

Power Point: Present your message to anyone, anywhere with Broadcast Slide Show

Have you ever been on the phone with someone and suddenly wish you could just show them what you mean? You can! With PowerPoint Broadcast Slide Show and a few clicks, you can send your slides to your customer or partner and walk them through your message.

In this excerpt from the Office Show, Doug Thomas shows you how the new PowerPoint 2010 feature Broadcast Slide Show allows you to send your live presentation across the web to many different devices. Read the full details here.

Carbonite Introduces New Small Business Online Backup Solution with Low Flat Rate Pricing

Carbonite Inc., a leading provider of online backup solutions which provide customers with “anytime, anywhere access” to their stored files, today announced the availability of Carbonite Business for small and medium sized businesses, or SMBs. Carbonite Business specifically addresses the backup requirements, budgets, security and accessibility needs of SMBs, while extending the company’s commitment to simple, automatic, affordable and secure online backup solutions.

“Small business owners are increasingly aware of the importance of backing up their business data,” said Carbonite CEO and co-founder David Friend. “Our market research has indicated that they would choose an automatic, cloud-based solution if it were affordable, so we built Carbonite Business specifically to address those needs.”

Carbonite’s small business solutions are tailored to meet the needs of two distinct small business groups – smaller offices with multiple computers and larger offices that also require server backup. Both offerings provide unparalleled value compared to competing online solutions. Carbonite Business backs up an unlimited number of computers for a flat fee of $229 per year (with 250GB of storage included). Carbonite Business Premier backs up an unlimited number of computers and servers (with 500GB of storage included) for just $599 per year. Businesses can easily add supplemental storage packs as their backup needs grow.  Get more information here.


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