Tech Thursday (Feb 16) – Fishbowl Pipeline CRM, TeamViewer Telecommuting Survey, Epson Brightlink Projectors


Fishbowl Premiers Web-Based Pipeline™ Contact Manager


TeamViewer Survey:  Americans want to Telecommute


 Epson’s New BrightLink Projectors Broaden Interactive Possibilities in the Classroom




Fishbowl Premiers Web-Based Pipeline™ Contact Manager


– Pipeline Is the First Fully Integrated CRM for Fishbowl inventory 2012 –




SALT LAKE CITY, February 9, 2012 – Businesses wanting to integrate Customer Relationship Management (CRM) with Fishbowl Inventory software can sign up for the first web-based CRM product, PipelineTMContact Manager, from Fishbowl® today. Customers can purchase the newsoftware at special pre-release pricing for a limited time.

Unlike third-party CRM solutions, Pipeline is fully integrated with Fishbowl Inventory 2012, so there’s no need for third-party integration and implementation of Pipeline. Fishbowl customers can launch Pipeline instantly, eliminating the need for double entry of customer information and allowing them to experience the increased efficiency of Pipeline Contact Manager right away.

Notable features in Pipeline Contact Manager include:

  • Web-based Software
  • Lead Tracking
  • Task and Opportunity Tracking
  • Direct Integration with Fishbowl Inventory—up and running immediately with no third-party integration or implementation required
  • Custom Fields

As noted in the January 24 review by Small Business Computing’s Pam Baker, “This [Fishbowl Inventory 2012] product is ideal for small businesses and smaller-end mid-market businesses with basic to complex inventory and asset tracking needs.”


TeamViewer Survey:  Americans want to Telecommute


 – Majority believe they would be more productive telecommuting than at the office –


Tampa, Florida, February 14, 2012 TeamViewer®, one of the world’s most popular providers of remote control and online meetings software, today announced the findings of its survey of over 2,500 American adults aged 18 and older, conducted online by Harris Interactive in January.  The survey, which was drafted based on TeamViewer’s experience in remote access to the workplace, found that most Americans believe that more people want the option to telecommute (62%) with an overwhelming percentage (83%) believing that telecommuting is on the rise.  Specifically, the survey found that Americans believe:

  • Smartphones and tablets are increasing the use of telecommuting – 53%
  • Access to telecommuting is increasing – 49%
  • Telecommuting is getting easier – 49%
  • The use of telecommuting is increasing in small businesses – 30%

When asked about what Americans believe their own behavior would be as a telecommuter versus working in an office every day, more than half (54%) said they would be at least somewhat more productive and almost a third (32%) said they would even be more or much more productive.

As more Americans discover the ability to telecommute, a surprising number of them admit they would be willing to make sacrifices in order to get the option to do so.  Top items Americans say they would be willing to give up include:

  • Social media – 34%
  • Texting – 30%
  • Chocolate – 29%
  • Smartphone – 25%
  • Shopping – 20%
  • A salary increase – 17%
  • Half of vacation days – 15%


Epson’s New BrightLink Projectors Broaden Interactive Possibilities in the Classroom 


–  Dual Pen Interactivity and Built-in Annotation for Interactivity Beyond the PC –            


AUSTIN, Texas (TCEA, Booth #2339) – Feb. 8, 2012 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, reinforced its leadership in the interactive projector market with the introduction of a complete line of short throw and ultra-short throw interactive BrightLink projectors. All six models offer an interactive projector + pen combination with advanced connectivity options to project onto any existing whiteboard, wall or other smooth, light-colored, hard surface.


Epson’s three ultra-short throw BrightLink models (475Wi, 480Wi and 485Wi) offer dual pen interactivity and are the first interactive projectors with built-in annotation technology that allows teachers and students to instantly interact directly with a projected image from a variety of devices beyond the PC, including tablets, Blu-ray players, VCRs, document cameras, and more.


Epson’s three short throw models – the BrightLink 425Wi, 430i and 435Wi – come with an included wall mount and two interactive pens and deliver a large interactive learning area at a fraction of the cost of traditional interactive whiteboard systems with variable image sizes from 68-inches to 113-inches diagonal (WXGA) or 63-inches to 106-inches diagonal (XGA).



Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors.

1 Based upon Q3 2011 worldwide front projection market share estimates from Pacific Media Associates.


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Carolyn Crummey is a business and technology strategist and the owner of VirTasktic (, an agency dedicated to providing high-level virtual services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. A lover of technology and small business, Carolyn has built a career on the intelligent use of technology to increase business efficiency and productivity, which ultimately leads to greater profitability. Carolyn works closely with her clients to understand their challenges and helps them integrate the best technology solutions into their businesses so they too can enjoy great successes. You can follow Carolyn on Twitter at @CarolynCrummey or @VirTasktic.

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