Tech Thursday (10/25): Report Finds Opportunity for Increased Use of Mobile Apps * Panasonic Toughbook® SX2 Notebook * Dell New Line Up Of Windows 8 Devices * Adobe Ships Acrobat XI

Report Finds Opportunity for Increased Use of Business-Related Mobile Apps


Panasonic Unleashes the Toughbook® SX2 Notebook


Dell Delivers New Line Up Of Best-In-Class Windows 8 Devices


Adobe Ships Acrobat XI


Report Finds Opportunity For Increased Use of Business-Related Mobile Apps


Two-Thirds of Small Business Mobile Device Users Believe Their Company Would Lose Competitive Ground without Mobile Devices


Vernon Hills, Ill. –CDW LLC, a leading provider of technology solutions to business, government, education and healthcare, today published The Mobility Edge: CDW’s 2012 Small Business Mobility Report, which is based on a survey of 752 mobile device users and IT professionals from U.S. small businesses in five industries about their use of smartphones, tablets and laptops. The report focuses on trends in small business use of mobile technology, such as: bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and use of productivity-enhancing apps; the challenges of mobility, such as managing security of mobile devices and reducing the risk they pose to company networks and data; and what small businesses can do better with the advanced capabilities of today’s mobility solutions.

The survey found that almost all small business users surveyed (94 percent) believe their mobile devices make them more efficient, and most (67 percent) believe their companies would lose competitive ground without those devices – which may explain why IT managers surveyed report that 89 percent of their employees use personally-owned mobile devices for work. There is some risk, though, and just 51 percent of those IT managers say their company has an effective strategy for managing and securing all of those additional devices.

The report found that mobility benefits extend beyond small business employees to owners and customers alike. Sixty percent of users surveyed believe that mobile devices lead to improved communication between field and office personnel as well as increased availability to customers – resulting in better customer service.

CDW’s 2012 Small Business Mobility Report includes findings specific to five industries with a high potential to benefit from mobile innovation: construction, food services, manufacturing, professional services and retail. The report offers perspectives on aspects of mobility unique to each of those industries, focusing on top benefits, how mobile devices have changed the ways small businesses operate, the mobile offerings small businesses use to communicate with customers, and deployment/use rates of laptops, tablets and smartphones. 


Panasonic Unleashes the Toughbook® SX2 – Powerful, Portable Business-Rugged Notebook PC


Mobile computer for today’s road warrior 

Secaucus, NJ – Panasonic, an industry leader in rugged, reliable mobile computers since 1996, today announced the next generation of its business-rugged notebook PC line, the Toughbook SX2. With advanced features such as 14.5 hours of battery life, an Intel® Core™ i5-3320M vPro™ processor (3MB cache, up to 3.3GHz) with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and a lightweight, drop-resistant magnesium alloy design, the Toughbook SX2 is engineered to meet the standards of quality for which Toughbook mobile computers are known while providing maximum portability for highly valued executives and professionals.

“Technology enables many professionals today to work from virtually anywhere, but this freedom creates a new set of issues when users are not equipped with the right tools for the job – device failures mean frustration, lost productivity and revenue, plus substantial repair and replacement costs,” said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic Solutions for Business. “Like the other computers in our renowned Toughbook line, the Toughbook SX2 is engineered to provide the reliability high value professionals require with the portability they desire.”

The Toughbook SX2 is designed to withstand a highly mobile work environment, Its magnesium alloy case and shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive allow it to handle up to a 30-inch drop to the base of the unit while operating, as well as a 12-inch drop from all other angles. Both the lid and base of the notebook are designed to withstand more than 220 lbs (100 kgf) of pressure, and the Toughbook SX2 also features LCD mounting protection.

The Panasonic Toughbook SX2 is available later this month from authorized Panasonic resellers starting at $2,649. The Toughbook SX2 includes a standard three-year limited warranty.



Dell Delivers New Line Up Of Best-In-Class Windows 8 Devices



Helping customers ‘touch’ the future with four new touch-enabled XPS PC’s running Windows 8

Dell is helping customers touch the future with a refreshed portfolio of business and consumer PCs built for Microsoft Windows 8, designed to provide a more intuitive computing experience and address evolving customer desires. Dell’s new systems deliver on the promise of new advances in computing: a leading-edge and intuitive touch experience, the security and manageability required by today’s always-on pace and the design aesthetic, style and precision workmanship customers demand.

Dell is making available for pre-order three new PCs in its upcoming fall portfolio: the XPS 12, XPS One 27 and Inspiron One 23. The systems are currently available to customers in the United States and will be available worldwide in the coming days. Further, Dell is offering Windows 8 as an option on its current XPS, Inspiron, Latitude, OptiPlex and Precision brands

Each product in the Dell XPS portfolio delivers premium materials, craftsmanship and performance without compromise. By combining both the design desired by consumers and the security and manageability features required by businesses, the systems announced today build on the XPS brand’s growing reputation as the best product for users and IT departments to navigate the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) landscape.

The XPS 12 (starting at $1,199.99) is two devices in one: a fully-featured, full-powered laptop that easily becomes a fully-featured touch-powered tablet. The unique flip hinge touchscreen display is elegant and innovative and easily transitions between laptop and tablet mode with a simple flip. When in tablet mode, the display completely covers the keyboard, protecting it from dirt and spills. The vibrant Full HD display provides 90 percent more pixels than a standard HD display for an exceptionally crisp reading and viewing experience

The award-winning XPS One 27 (starting at $1599.99) All-in-One is designed for creative enthusiasts with a super high resolution display and performance graphics for multimedia creation and entertainment. The gorgeous, space-saving design features a 27-inch Wide Quad HD Display, which has 78 percent more pixels than a Full HD display, and an articulating stand that tilts the display to a 60-degree angle, providing additional options when using the touchscreen interface. Whether one is designing a digital masterpiece or experiencing HD entertainment, the XPS One 27 delivers the power, sound, graphics and pixels for a brilliant multimedia experience.

Dell is also updating its popular systems in time for the holidays. The award-winning XPS 13 (starting at $999.99) has been updated with a new specification, including the Ivy Bridge chipset. As a result, the new XPS 13 is up to two times faster than the previous generation XPS 13. The Inspiron One 23 All-in-One PC, with its impressive performance and a bright Full HD display in a space-saving, sleek design, is now available with a touchscreen option for entertainment, education and fun for the whole family.

These products represent a portion of Dell’s upcoming refreshed lineup of PCs. Dell will unveil additional product platforms in the XPS, Latitude, OptiPlex and Inspiron brands, as well as new monitors in the coming weeks.

Additionally, all currently shipping Dell PCs and workstations are now available with Windows 8 for pre-order on



Adobe Ships Acrobat XI



Adobe has announced the immediate availability of its newest and most powerful collaboration solution – Adobe Acrobat XI.

Acrobat XI includes new features that relieve IT and business professionals of the most complex document challenges and help close the gap on productivity inefficiencies that result from working with an ever-increasing number of documents. New capabilities like making it easier than ever to edit PDF files and export to Microsoft PowerPoint; touch-friendly capabilities on tablets with Reader X, and ensuring inter-operability with Windows 7 and 8 are being praised by customers. Notably, Acrobat XI offers integration with powerful cloud services Adobe EchoSign and Adobe FormsCentral to accelerate business processes and contract cycles for greater productivity, efficiency and better ROI.

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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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