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Cloud computing is an increasingly broad topic that encompasses everything from Google Apps to data center services to virtualization to software-, infrastructure- and platform-as-a service. Technology executives are increasingly interested in cloud computing as a way to save money. Nevertheless, cloud adoption remains in the single digits amid security concerns. Rest assured that cloud computing is a game changer. Key players include: IBM, HP, Google, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Salesforce.com, NetSuite, VMware as well as dozens of others.

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Telstra buys Pacnet for $700m

Telstra buys Pacnet for $700m

Australian telecommunications giant Telstra has announced that it will acquire Asian telecommunications network company Pacnet for $697 million in a deal that will double the telco's size in the Asia region.

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12 essential Microsoft business apps for the iPhone

12 essential Microsoft business apps for the iPhone

As part of Microsoft's "mobile first, cloud first" mission, it has built up a large portfolio of consumer and business apps on every platform. In this roundup, I look at a dozen iOS apps that help IT pros and power users stay productive with an iPhone and Microsoft services.

published December 3, 2014 by

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IBM's future: 6 things it needs to thrive

IBM's future: 6 things it needs to thrive

The GlobalFoundries semiconductor factory deal is only part of the recipe for Big Blue's ongoing survival. Here are a few other things that Armonk needs in order to maintain relevancy for the next decade and beyond.

published October 20, 2014 by

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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.

published July 16, 2012 by

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Xero

Xero

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

published May 2, 2012 by

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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.

published March 6, 2012 by

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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.

published November 14, 2011 by

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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.

published May 25, 2011 by

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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.

published March 23, 2011 by

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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.

published September 8, 2010 by

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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.

published September 8, 2010 by

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Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services 3.0

Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services 3.0

Fast deployment, browser-based management and the ability to protect any internet-connected Windows PC are the key selling points of this revamped hosted security service. It's Windows only and has one or two rough edges, but compares well with other small-business solutions.

published May 25, 2010 by

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Zoho Writer 2.0

Zoho Writer 2.0

Zoho Writer 2.0 provides one of the richest feature sets of any online word processor, now more accessible thanks to an interface revamp. And, of course, it's free.

published April 1, 2009 by

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Google Docs beta

Google Docs beta

Google Docs is a fantastic free online application that offers some exciting features. However, by virtue of being an online application, users with a slow connection will experience lag, and Docs still doesn't contain enough functionality to be a replacement for today's mainstay office suites in most businesses.

published September 18, 2008 by

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