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The Improbable Dream: True Software Integration

puzzle artWhen I started my company back in 1994 I could only dream of certain things.  I dreamed of no longer having to wear a "pager" when someone needed to contact me. I dreamed of not being forced to find a payphone to call clients when out of the office. I dreamed of a lighter laptop computer with more power that was easier to use.


Big Data Tops Scale in AICPA Top Tech Lists

Donny ShimamotoManaging and retaining data emerged as the No. 1 issue in the Top Technology Initiatives of the American Institute of CPAs. It was only the second time in the last 10 years that information security was not the top issue. And the reason, according to Donny Shimamoto, chair of the AICPA's Information Management Technology Assurance Committee, is big data. The other big change was that overall survey participants are less confident in achieving goals for the Top 10 issues. Read more...

For 2012, The Cloud Got a C+

cloud cryingHas this ever happened to you? You're sitting in an airport (in my case at the moment it's the Philadelphia airport) and you try fruitlessly for an hour to connect to your cloud-based server because that's where everything is nowadays. It's in "The Cloud." But...uh-oh...the router or something isn't available. And neither is your Verizon 3G-or-4G-or whateverG-service. You're dead in the water. You've been there, right? That's where I am right now. Luckily, I'm able to do something else. I have a local version of Microsoft Office installed on my laptop. That way I can write this essay. Maybe you're that fortunate. Maybe you're not. Chances are you've been rendered, once again, unproductive. Read more...

Turn CRM into More than a Rolodex

crm art"We hate our CRM system. It's terrible. No one is using it. We need a better one." "Can you recommend a CRM system that is more user friendly?" "Our CRM system? It's nothing more than a glorified rolodex!" Sound familiar? It should. I hear these complaints all the time - both from clients and non-clients. Their complaints about their CRM (that's Customer Relationship Management) systems are not only untrue, but misleading. I'm tired of hearing them. I'm bored of the excuses. I'm sick of the whining. Read more...

Screens, Sensors and All Things Wireless

CES LogoThe Consumer Electronics Association announced that CES 2013 was its largest show in history. The review headlines from pundits and unedited bloggers are not great. As always, there are things to see and notice for what it means for current and future use of technology for all of us.


Little-known Technologies: Big Impact on Business

zioskA few weeks ago I had a British experience at Pizzeria Uno's near Boston. No, they weren't serving fish and chips. On each table at the restaurant was a little wireless device. When I was done eating I paid for my meal by using the device. No server was involved. I say this was a British experience because every time I visit my wife's family in London. my kids drag us to the local Pizza Express restaurant. Read more...

Technology Decisions for 2013

question markIf you didn't get around to technology in preparing for the holidays, there are still some good questions to ask to guide your purchasing decisions.
• Have you committed to Windows 8 as the OS for all devices?
• Have you decided to buy a new computer with Win8 already installed?
• Have you committed to iPhone 5, knowing cradles, cases and chargers need upgrading?
• Are you looking for some more accessories, gifts, things to make life interesting?


Paychex Buys ExpenseWire

Paychex logoPayroll provider Paychex has acquired ExpenseWire an expense report automation application for small and medium-sized businesses, from Rearden Commerce. Web-based ExpenseWire has tools for managing and controlling the expense reporting process, including approval, reimbursement, and reporting. Read more...

Holiday Gadget Wish List 2012

Christmas techGifts and gadgets go hand in hand. This year, what new items will suit the occasion for productivity at work and play at home? I've searched for the best new and interesting gifts from the tech world and have compiled them into a Holiday Gadget Wish list 2012. Enjoy!


Rating: Surface Versus the iPad

Surface tabletMicrosoft Surface has shipped, and I was one of the lucky people to get one of the very first units. We are going to see many new tablets released this fall including the iPad Mini, which I have on order ($634.99), as well as the new iPad4 and replacements for the Google nexus7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 that I own, like and use. The tablet operating systems, usability and applications improve daily.


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