Tech Thursday (Sept 22) – Acer, Bill.com, TripIt, MOO, Dell

Acer America Expands Business PC Lineup with Slim and Stylish TravelMate Timeline Notebook

Bill.com Launches Printed Invoice Mailing Service, Expands Breadth of Online Receivables Offering

Who’s In and Who’s Out: TripIt Launches Company Calendar

Bridging the Paper-to-Web Gap with MOO’s Business Card QR Builder

Dell Cloud Business Applications Make It Easy for Growing Businesses to Improve Performance

Acer America Expands Business PC Lineup with Slim and Stylish TravelMate Timeline Notebook

New TravelMate Timeline 8481T Features Unique 14-Inch Screen in Ultraportable 13-Inch Form Factor, All Day Batter Life and Enterprise-Class Security and Manageability

SAN JOSE, Calif. – For ultimate road warriors and savvy business professionals seeking a combination of style, mobility and professional-grade security and manageability, Acer America today debuts the new TravelMate Timeline 8481T notebook PC for U.S. and Canadian customers. The lightweight TravelMate Timeline 8481T delivers outstanding performance, all-day battery life(1) and sports a unique 14-inch screen in an ultra-thin 13-inch form factor.

“True road warriors and professionals need a thin and light mobile PC that is capable of running heavy business applications and presentations,” said Gregg Prendergast, vice president of commercial sales and marketing for Acer America. “The TravelMate Timeline 8481T notebook is an important addition to our commercial notebook portfolio, as it combines everything a business professional requires on the road or in the office, including exceptional performance, enterprise-level security and manageability and long battery life in a small form factor for a best-in-class mobile experience.”

Sleek Mobility in a Mainstream Form Factor
At just 3.7 pounds with a super slim 0.87-inch profile, the TravelMate Timeline 8481T features an innovative new display technology to allow an ultra-compact, frameless 14-inch LCD to fit into a 13.3-inch footprint. The sophisticated industrial design trims the bezel by a third and allows 15 percent more display area so users can conduct business and boost productivity while enjoying the portability of a traditional 13-inch notebook.

The TravelMate Timeline 8481T notebook is housed in a unique dual-tone resilient magnesium-aluminum case that evenly distributes external forces and can withstand extreme pressure. The notebook also features a new metal-alloy hinge design for maximum hold strength when the cover is open, and Autolock to ensure the notebook lid is tightly secured for LCD protection.

Bill.com Launches Printed Invoice Mailing Service, Expands Breadth of Online Receivables Offering

Company Breaks New Ground in Electronic Invoicing by Bridging the Gap Between Online and Offline Billing for SMBs and CPAs

PALO ALTO, CALIF. — August 23, 2011 — Bill.com, the leader in integrated bill payment, online invoicing and cash management solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and accounting/bookkeeping firms, today rolled out a sophisticated new set of electronic billing features that help businesses and accountants make it easier than ever for their customers to pay their bills, online or offline.

Accounts Receivable from Paper to Portal

Bill.com’s Accounts Receivable (AR) update enables users to send printed bills to their customers via U.S. mail at below the cost of what a typical company would spend printing, stuffing and mailing invoices. It also delivers Quick Response (QR) code on the printed invoice, customizable email templates and automated payment scheduling/reminders, rounding out Bill.com’s already comprehensive online Receivables suite that eliminates billing hassle and helps SMBs and CPAs get paid two to three times as fast as manual invoicing.

As nearly 80 percent of businesses still send and receive paper invoices, Bill.com users now have the option to mail printed bills to their customers via the United States Postal Service, with a single mouse click. This feature fills a very important market segment that connects online and offline financial management, meeting the needs of SMBs and CPAs who work with clients of varying comfort levels in respect to managing both paper-based and paperless payment processes. The addition of U.S. Mail Invoicing allows Bill.com users to receive payments faster from customers who have not yet adopted paperless solutions.

“We listen closely to our users, and many have let us know they chose Bill.com because they were ready to go paperless but some of their clients or vendors weren’t. It quickly became a priority to bridge that gap and fulfill that specific customer need,” said Henrique Ceribelli, senior product manager at Bill.com. “Bill.com is devoted to meeting the holistic needs of SMBs and CPAs today, and helping them take their business where it needs to go both today and tomorrow. We’re bringing an entirely new level of efficiency to the electronic billing process with our approach to AR compared to any other solution in the market.”

Who’s In and Who’s Out: TripIt Launches Company Calendar

New Calendar View Makes it Easy to See When and Where Colleagues are Traveling in One Place

San Francisco – TripIt, the leading mobile trip organizer from Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR), today announced the launch of a new company travel calendar that makes it easy for everyone in the office to see who’s traveling when and where – all in one place. So everything from coordinating travel schedules, to simply planning office meetings, is more efficient and frustration-free. 

The month-at-a-glance view helps both traveling and “in the office” employees.  Colleagues can discover if they’re traveling to the same place around the same time, so they can coordinate transportation, client meetings, or activities. Those in the office can now easily see where colleagues are and when they’ll be back in the office. Dates and locations are visible on the calendar, but sensitive itinerary details remain private.

Access to the company calendar is now available at www.tripit.com on the “Business” tab for:

·         Any member of TripIt Groups, the free service for companies that makes it easy to view and share travel plans with colleagues.  More than 25,000 companies use TripIt Groups, ranging from those in the Fortune 500 to small businesses.

·         Any employee whose company is a TripIt for Business customer, the simple solution for companies who want to take the pain out of traveling, planning, and organizing office travel.   TripIt for Business customers get premium features including:  a quick view of who’s in/out today; historical and future month access; company sub-groups; and the ability to invite partners or participants outside the company to join the group. TripIt for Business pricing starts at $29/month.

“A company travel calendar is one of the most requested features we’ve received from our business users,” said Scott Hintz, co-founder and VP of Business Development for TripIt. “With this launch, we’re bringing the familiar and super-useful in/out board into the 21st century.  Now employees have one place where they can quickly view colleagues’ travel schedules, eliminating the need to cut and paste travel plans elsewhere.”

Bridging the Paper-to-Web Gap with MOO’s Business Card QR Builder

There have been lots of requests to build some kind of QR Code tool on MOO, online stationer making unique, highly customizable printed stationery for small businesses and individuals… so today we’ve launched just that! You can now build and insert a personalized QR Code onto your MOO Business Cards directly from the site.

QR Codes help bridge the paper-to-web gap that business cards sometimes have trouble addressing in today’s digital age; by creating and inserting QR codes to your business cards with MOO, you can direct recipients to a URL, a phone number or a vCard (electronic contact card). Sound complicated? It’s really not – see for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8Ep6DslB0uk

By adding this feature to its existing product offerings, MOO has given its users the tools they need to extend their physical and digital reach further than ever.

Dell Cloud Business Applications Make It Easy for Growing Businesses to Improve Performance

SAN FRANCISCO — Small and medium businesses (SMBs) can now take full advantage of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to drive outstanding business performance using Dell Cloud Business Applications – a family of integrated SaaS applications with cross-application cloud analytics supported by end-to-end Dell services.

Key benefits include easy and affordable integration with existing software; integrated best-of-breed cloud applications selected, tested and backed by Dell; and real-time online analytics and reporting across multiple business functions. Dell Cloud Business Applications can solve the top pain points cited by customers contemplating a move to the cloud. The total solution includes:

  • ·         Access to Leading SaaS ApplicationsWith an initial CRM offering from Dell and salesforce.com available today, Dell will provide additional SaaS applications for marketing, accounting and other functions next year. Dell takes the guesswork out of choosing the best SaaS applications for SMBs by carefully selecting those that meet the functionality, security and scalability they require.
  • ·         Integration with Existing Software – Using Dell Boomi’s award winning integration solution, Dell integrates cloud applications with customers’ existing on-premise or cloud software so they can seamlessly make the journey to the cloud without sacrificing previous software investments and disrupting existing business processes.
  • ·         Comprehensive Services – Dell’s implementation services help customers easily design, develop and deploy the cloud applications that work best for their business. With everything needed to get up and running quickly, implementation packages are available in Basic, Professional and Premier Editions to address a variety of customer needs.

Dell Cloud Business Applications will be delivered through a Dell-branded cloud service complete with business grade single sign-on and security.

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About Allison Midori Reilly

Allison Midori Reilly is the CEO and Founder of Stirring Media, LLC. Stirring Media, LLC is a content marketing and news production firm that provides content marketing and business blogging services to the small business market. Prior to that, she was a freelance writer, who was published in over a dozen print and online publications, such as Smallbiztechnology.com, American City & County, Ideabing.com, Transport Topics and St. Louis Commerce Magazine. In her spare time, Reilly is an active member of Amnesty International as well as an avid poker player.