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Amazon wants your enterprise database

Amazon wants your enterprise database

Amazon's awaited release of PostgreSQL on Aurora sharply raises the stakes in its competition with Oracle. Still in public preview, when will Aurora PostgreSQL go GA, and what can we look forward to in the roadmap? Here are some hints of what we expect.

August 16, 2017 by in Cloud

Office 2013: a pleasant surprise

Office 2013: a pleasant surprise

After a week of using Office 2013 we're pleasantly surprised. The changes Microsoft has made to support Windows 8 — and specifically Windows 8 tablets — are logical, and they work well with more traditional ways of using Office.

July 16, 2012 by in Reviews

Xero

Xero

Xero is an affordable online accounting service that delivers key bookkeeping functionality for small businesses in an admirably straightforward way.

May 2, 2012 by in Cloud

Actinic Online

Actinic Online

A big step up from Actinic Express, which it replaces, Actinic Online delivers everything an SME requires to build and run an online store via the cloud. It's not perfect, but it is affordable and worth evaluating if you need to start selling online.

March 6, 2012 by in Cloud

Cortado ThinPrint Printer Dashboard

Cortado ThinPrint Printer Dashboard

Cortado's ThinPrint Printer Dashboard is a potentially useful cloud application for monitoring the printers on your network. We had a few issues in this review, which hopefully will be addressed in a forthcoming update.

November 14, 2011 by in Cloud

QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks Online

A usable small-business accounting service that's quick to configure and easy to learn, the initial release of QuickBooks Online lacks a number of features important in this market.

May 25, 2011 by in Cloud

Windows Intune

Windows Intune

Microsoft's cloud-based systems management service makes life simple for SMEs. There's no need for additional infrastructure, and complex tools can be wrapped in a way that makes them accessible even for part-time IT professionals.

March 23, 2011 by in Cloud

Microsoft Office Web Apps

Microsoft Office Web Apps

As an occasional extra for users of Microsoft's desktop Office 2010 suite, Office Web Apps is just about acceptable. However, it requires further development if it's to become a workable standalone solution.

September 8, 2010 by in Cloud

Zoho Business

Zoho Business

A rapidly maturing cloud-based office suite, Zoho Business is a good choice for small organisations looking for an online alternative to Microsoft Office. However, there's still room for improvement.

September 8, 2010 by in Cloud

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