January 31, 2009 1:27 PM
ABAS Software – abas Business Software
Activant Solutions – Activant Prophet 21
Apprise Software – Apprise Distribution
Bluebee Software Inc. – Bluebee
Epicor – Epicor Enterprise
IBS – IBS Enterprise
Infor – Infor ERP SX enterprise
Jeeves Information Systems – Jeeves Universal
Lawson Software – Lawson M3 Distribution
Microsoft – Dynamics AX
Microsoft – Dynamics NAV
NetSuite – NetSuite
Openbravo – Openbravo ERP
Oracle – JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
Oracle – E-Business Suite
January 27, 2009 3:55 PM
In marketing, undershot customers are those we would want more services than what is currently provided. Major software and hardware vendors do not provide each type of technical support many customers require. Working on tech support lines for many years, I have talked to many customers who were willing to pay the extra dollar to get services not offered by the vendor.
As an independent IT Consultant, you can reach many undershot customers in your local market by offering services they cannot get from the vendor or from major tech support firms. There are thousands of small business owners who are willing to hire consultants to customize their software applications; many business owners will gladly pay you to customize their e-mail applications, their MS office, their browsers, their accounting software, etc.
There are many businesses struggling with easy to fix technical problems and they are desperately looking for help.
January 25, 2009 3:30 PM
As the global economy slows down, companies start to look for innovative ideas to cut costs and to bring in new products or service to the market to sustain their market share. As the popular phrase goes “need is the mother of invention”, individuals and companies a like RUSH to find new solutions and this rush, sometimes, kills the very innovative idea someone may have.
To seize the opportunity is this time of crisis and bring your innovation to market, you need to keep these few tips in mind:
1-Start small: don’t think just because you have an innovative idea, you own the world. Pick a small market first and grow up slowly
2-Start slow: don’t try to rush your product to the market, you may not be able to sustain the rush, you may run out of resources, so keep your expectations low.
3-Be flexible: make sure your product or idea is flexible enough to adjust with markets demands, you should be able to change the features of your products or your solution to fit market needs.
These above tips are not only for small businesses, but studies found that even large corporations need to apply them. In the early 90s, HP failed to introduce an innovative product to the market because it failed to observe some of the tips above.
January 24, 2009 3:29 PM
Not many people are familiar with the term “Internet of Things.” In its simplest form, Internet of Things is the concept of having every object in the planet tagged with RFID device and then tracked all over the world. So if you buy a can of soda, this can of soda can be tracked by computers, at any point in time the computer will be able to tell where is the soda can is located. The idea is to tag all objects around us with tags (we are talking about billions of objects) to have a total controlled environment.
How scary that could be? We already live in much controlled environment, people can track you if you carry a cell phone and most of your personal and financial information are already stored in computers.
The more convenience out of life we seek, the more privacy we will have to give up. The Internet, satellite and cell phone technologies made it hard for anyone to hide anymore. When all these 3 components work together almost any object is traceable.
The debate of how much privacy we are willing to give up will continue, but the technology to invade your total privacy is already available.
Part of the above article can be found at:
January 9, 2009 4:42 PM
Nothing more appealing to an IT support team than being able to access computer/server remotely, some remote support tools are still free and I believe in the near future, remote support will be standard in any tech support service agreement.
This is a list of some remote support tools that you can download of the net:
Bomga VNC mid –size business
December 20, 2008 3:05 PM
The below article can be found at:
The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications enable professionals to target specific technologies and to distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise in their specialized technologies. An MCTS is consistently capable of implementing, building, troubleshooting, and debugging a particular Microsoft technology.
Refer to the following list to learn which MCTS certifications are currently available. More certifications will become available as new technologies are introduced.
• MCTS: .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications
• MCTS: .NET Framework 2.0 Windows Applications
• MCTS: .NET Framework 2.0 Distributed Applications
• MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Applications
• MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Applications
• MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Communication Foundation Applications
• MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Applications
• MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Presentation Foundation Applications
• MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Workflow Foundation Applications
• MCTS: SQL Server 2005
• MCTS: SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence
• MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance
• MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development
• MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
• MCTS: BizTalk Server 2006
• MCTS: Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007
• MCTS: Managing Projects with Microsoft Office Project 2007
• MCTS: Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005
• MCTS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 – Configuration
• MCTS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Configuration
• MCTS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Application Development
• MCTS: Windows Embedded CE 6.0
• MCTS: Windows Mobile 5.0, Applications
• MCTS: Windows Mobile 5.0, Implementing and Managing
• MCTS: Windows Server 2003 Hosted Environments – Configuration and Management
• MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration
• MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration
• MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration
• MCTS: Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 – Application Development
• MCTS: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 – Configuration
• MCTS: Business Desktop Deployment
• MCTS: Windows Vista – Configuration
December 13, 2008 8:03 AM
How much do you really know about what Microsoft has to offer?
Microsoft Windows (Client)
Premium editions of Windows Vista™: Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate
Basic editions of Windows Vista™: Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Starter
Windows Vista™-based Business PCs
Windows Vista™-based Consumer PCs
Windows Vista™-based Mobile PCs
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)
Windows® Media Center
All other versions
Microsoft Windows Server Systems
Microsoft® Application Center
Microsoft® BizTalk® Server
Microsoft® Commerce Server
Microsoft® Content Management Server
Microsoft® Exchange Server
Microsoft® Exchange Server, Enterprise Edition
Microsoft® Host Integration Server
Microsoft® Identity Integration Server
Microsoft® Internet Security and Acceleration Server
Microsoft® Office SharePoint Services
Microsoft® Speech Server
Microsoft® SQL Server
Microsoft® System Center Operations Manager
Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager
Microsoft® System Center Data Protection Manager
Microsoft® Systems Management Server
Microsoft® System Center
Microsoft® Virtual Server
Microsoft® Windows Server™
Microsoft® Windows Server™ Update Services
Microsoft® Windows® Small Business Server
Microsoft® Windows® Storage Server
Microsoft Windows Mobile
Microsoft® Windows Mobile®
Microsoft Developer and Designer Tools
Microsoft® Visual Studio®
Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System
Microsoft® Expression® Web
Microsoft® Expression® Blend
Microsoft® Expression® Media
Microsoft® Expression® Design
Microsoft Office System
Microsoft® Office Live
Microsoft® Live Communications Server
Microsoft® Office Communications Server
Microsoft® Office Communications Server, Enterprise Edition
Microsoft® Office Small Business Accounting
Microsoft® Office Business Scorecard Manager
Microsoft® Live Meeting
Microsoft® Office Groove
Microsoft® Office Project
Microsoft® Office Project Server
Microsoft® Office Project Portfolio Server
Microsoft® Office SharePoint Server
Microsoft® Office Forms Server
Microsoft® Office Groove Server
Microsoft® Office Infopath
Microsoft® Office PerformancePoint Server
Microsoft Small Business Financials
Microsoft Dynamics™ AX
Microsoft Dynamics™ CRM
Microsoft Dynamics™ GP
Microsoft Dynamics™ NAV
Microsoft Dynamics™ SL
Microsoft Dynamics™ Entrepreneur Solution
Microsoft® Retail Management System
Other Microsoft Products
Microsoft Games & Xbox®
Microsoft Security, Identity, and Access
Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)
Microsoft® Certificate Services
Microsoft® Forefront Client Security
Microsoft® Forefront Security for Exchange Server
Microsoft® Forefront Security for SharePoint
Microsoft® Forefront Security Suite
Microsoft® Identity Integration Server 2003 (MIIS)
Microsoft® Identity Lifecycle Manager
Microsoft® Intelligent Application Gateway
Microsoft® Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2006
Microsoft® Internet Security and Acceleration Server, Prior Versions
Microsoft® Windows Rights Management Services (RMS)
Windows Active Directory (AD)
Windows Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (ADLDS)
Other Microsoft Forefront Security products and prior versions
November 30, 2008 3:22 PM
, Quality assurance
In a survey conducted by independent IT Governance Institute (ITGI) earlier this year revealed some major IT problems faced by Global Executives, what do you think the major problems were?
1-Insufficient IT staff availability
2- Service delivery issues
3- Difficulty proving the value of information technology
All the above issues I can relate too, but I think the most interesting one is “the Difficulty proving the value of information technology.” There are still many businesses world-wide who are not able to see the benefits of having the latest Information technology implemented or can justify the cost of purchasing information technology.
At my own job where I am working now, I am not able to convince the management of the advantages of having IP telephony.
The other two points are important too and I don’t think IT staff shortages or Service delivery issues are problems to be resolved in the near future.
November 30, 2008 1:45 PM
, Green IT
, Software Quality
The Azure™ Services Platform (Azure) is an internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers, which provides an operating system and a set of developer services that can be used individually or together. Azure’s flexible and interoperable platform can be used to build new applications to run from the cloud or enhance existing applications with cloud-based capabilities. Its open architecture gives developers the choice to build web applications, applications running on connected devices, PCs, servers, or hybrid solutions offering the best of online and on-premises.
Azure reduces the need for up-front technology purchases, and it enables developers to quickly and easily create applications running in the cloud by using their existing skills with the Microsoft Visual Studio development environment and the Microsoft .NET Framework. In addition to managed code languages supported by .NET, Azure will support more programming languages and development environments in the near future. Azure simplifies maintaining and operating applications by providing on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web and connected applications. Infrastructure management is automated with a platform that is designed for high availability and dynamic scaling to match usage needs with the option of a pay-as-you-go pricing model. Azure provides an open, standards-based and interoperable environment with support for multiple internet protocols, including HTTP, REST, SOAP, and XML.
Microsoft also offers cloud applications ready for consumption by customers such as Windows Live™, Microsoft Dynamics™, and other Microsoft Online Services for business such as Microsoft Exchange Online and SharePoint® Online. The Azure Services Platform lets developers provide their own unique customer offerings by offering the foundational components of compute, storage, and building block services to author and compose applications in the cloud.