Tech Thursday (Dec 8) – Sage, Symantec, Schedulicity, WinZip, eVoice

Sage Releases Enhanced Construction & Real Estate Business Management Solution

Symantec Enhances SMB Specialization to Magnify Growth Opportunities for Partners

Schedulicity Partners with SocialGuides to Fuse Scheduling and Online Engagement

WinZip  Computing Announces WinZip® 16:  The Easiest Way to Send Large Files Fast

eVoice® Reports Surging Use of the eVoice® Cloud-Based Phone Service by Small Businesses

Sage Releases Enhanced Construction & Real Estate Business Management Solution

The Fall 2011 release of Sage Timberline Office saves time so companies can focus on revenue-generating activities

BEAVERTON, OR — Sage North America, a provider of business management software and services to more than three million small and midsized companies in the United States and Canada, today announced the launch of the latest version of Sage Timberline Office. This release includes key enhancements to areas such as credit card management, making it easier to enter and reconcile credit card payments and statements; and workforce management, offering 70 customizable human resources forms to help manage hiring, discipline, evaluations, and more.

The Fall 2011 version of Sage Timberline Office also improves system performance, enabling customers to more quickly and easily access information and complete tasks, and adds increased security to the installation process. The release is full of time and money saving features, including a server migration tool to help streamline hardware upgrades; an auto-file journal feature that shortens journal length and saves paper; and estimating line item attachments allowing users to attach files directly to database items. Increased speed, efficiency and productivity, plus access to a built-in live chat link for technical assistance combine to deliver an improved customer experience.

“We are committed to continually improving our software solutions to provide our customers with the tools they need to excel in their business,” said Jon Witty, Vice President and General Manager of Sage Construction and Real Estate. “Sage Timberline Office is the gold standard in the construction industry, and these latest enhancements further help our customers save valuable time and stay competitive in this tough economic climate.”

Symantec Enhances SMB Specialization to Magnify Growth Opportunities for Partners

Mountain View, Calif. – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced new security and backup tracks within its SMB Specialization, which provides partners with the skills and experience needed to differentiate themselves from their competition and drive greater revenue by tailoring their services and support to SMBs. This development reflects Symantec’s commitment to helping its channel partners more effectively serve the SMB market. In addition, the SMB Specialization now includes the Symantec Technical Support Center, providing partners with access to a dedicated SMB support team and sales support.

Specializations are the cornerstone of the Symantec Partner Program and provide increased opportunities for predictable, profitable growth to partners who display knowledge and experience in a solution area or market. Earning the SMB Specialization allows partners to demonstrate their proficiency in specific solution families.

To better align with their expertise and business models, SMB partners now have the opportunity to earn exclusive financial benefits by focusing on either the security track, backup track or both. The Specialization benefits are unique to the individual tracks, and partners who achieve both will attain maximum benefits. SMB Specialists can take full advantage of the ability to deliver Symantec security and backup solutions to SMB customers in their platform of choice—including cloud services, appliances or traditional software—and receive the same financial, technical support and enablement benefits independent of product form factor.

Schedulicity Partners with SocialGuides to Fuse Scheduling and Online Engagement

Leading online appointment booking solution integrates into social loyalty platform to help appointment dependent businesses generate leads and acquire new customers

BOZEMAN, MT – Schedulicity (, the leader in online appointment scheduling for small businesses, announced today a partnership with SocialGuides (, a social loyalty platform that helps small businesses manage social marketing activities. As part of the partnership, Schedulicity will integrate into the SocialGuides loyalty tab, adding online scheduling into their existing social media capabilities, which include customer acquisition and lead generation tools that help its clients attract and retain customers and amplify word of mouth.

To launch the partnership, Schedulicity and SocialGuides are creating a “Social Salon Package” for Marló Beauty Supply, a Michigan-based beauty supply company servicing salons and professionals across the US. It is the first company to adopt the special offering, giving them the opportunity to launch online marketing campaigns, create content, and schedule appointments from the same platform. “Social Packages” can be optimized for any small business wanting social engagement and increased customer acquisition.

“Having a comprehensive social media presence is paramount for small business owners and service professionals looking to build credibility in their market,” said Schedulicity CEO and founder, Jerry Nettuno.   “Our partnership with SocialGuides will provide small businesses with the necessary tools to increase loyalty and engagement without sacrificing valuable time that could be spent running a business.”

WinZip  Computing Announces WinZip® 16:  The Easiest Way to Send Large Files Fast

New ZipSend™ and ZipShare™ services mark WinZip’s expansion into file sharing through email and Facebook

Mansfield, Conn.,WinZip Computing, a Corel Company, today announced the release of WinZip® 16, the latest version of the world’s #1 compression software. Featuring two exciting new web services– ZipSend,  a web service for file sharing  and ZipShare,  a file sharing web application for Facebook® — WinZip 16  takes compression to a new level with the integration of complementary tools designed to help people share data even more efficiently, confident that their files are always secure.

New ZipSend and ZipShare Make Data Sharing a Snap

Email file size restrictions, undeliverable messages and disparate software tools are common pain points that too often prevent you from getting things done efficiently. WithZipSend, you can now email up to 50MB of zipped data at any time, for free.   If you’re a busy professional who needs to deliver larger files to clients and colleagues, ZipSend™ Pro lets you send up to 2GB per email message. As needed, you can secure your zipped files using WinZip’s strong 256-bit AES encryption. Unlike other file delivery services, you won’t have to manually copy and paste email addresses from your contact manager into a web page each time you send files. With the free ZipSend email plug-in just write an email, address contacts as usual, attach the file and hit send. ZipSend automatically detects when a file is too large and safely sends your files through the ZipSend cloud while inserting a link to the files in your outgoing email.  With ZipSend, your email goes through and you don’t have to slow down or stop when communicating with customers, colleagues, family or friends.

A further extension of WinZip’s data sharing capabilities, ZipShare is a new file sharing web app that lets anyone zip files and post up to 20 MB of data directly to Facebook, for free.  While it’s easy to share photos and videos on Facebook, there are times when you might want to share other types of files, whether it’s a club newsletter, fantasy league results, or school project. With ZipShare, it’s simple and fast to share any file with your Facebook friends or privately to Facebook groups that you select.  Photos and video clips can be shared without modification. In addition, your free ZipShare account lets you share up to 100MB of file storage space.

eVoice® Reports Surging Use of the eVoice® Cloud-Based Phone Service by Small Businesses

New data reveals 180% increase in use of eVoice® mobile app voicemail retrieval since same period last year, among other small business trends

LOS ANGELES, CA – eVoice®, a Radically Better Phone Number™ and brand of technology leader j2 Global Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM), today released key findings that uncover the latest trends in how small business owners are increasingly using eVoice, a cloud-based phone service, to help save time, reduce costs, and increase revenue and mobility.

Key findings from a query of eVoice’s customer database include:

  • Mobile app voicemail retrieval up 180 percent—the number of voicemail messages retrieved from the eVoice mobile app has increased 180 percent when comparing January through June 2011 to the same time period in 2010. By using the eVoice mobile app with an unlimited mobile data plan, customers can save costs by making calls via their data plan, thus reducing the number of minutes used during each cell phone billing cycle. eVoice enables small businesses to conveniently review, store, and forward their messages as transcribed emails or audio files.
  • Apple remains on top—when it comes to accessing eVoice via the mobile web, eVoice finds its small business subscribers most often use the Apple® iPad®, dominating mobile traffic at 40 percent of eVoice® users. The iPhone®comes in second with 20 percent. The iPod touch®, HTC EVO 3D and Motorola Droid round out the top five of eVoice’s mobile traffic.
  • Combining toll-free and local numbers as a double threat—eVoice also uncovered that the percentage of eVoice® customers using both toll-free and local eVoice® phone numbers has doubled, when comparing January through June of 2010 with the same time span in 2011. Many businesses that have traditionally considered themselves local—such as real estate agents and retailers—have added toll-free numbers to add regional/national legitimacy to their business and appeal to a broader range of customers. In fact, according to eVoice’s Communication Strategies and Challenges Survey conducted in June 2011, sixty-eight percent of respondents saw the competitive advantage of having the right area code or 800 number. The ability to make a business appear larger was the most popular selected benefit to having a toll free number, per respondents to the Communication Strategies and Challenges Survey. Improved customer service and increase in recognition and credibility were other top cited benefits.

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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, American City & County,, 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.

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