29 May 2017

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Mobile Has a versatile role for SMEs

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India is the second largest and one of the fastest growing mobile markets in the world. On the global front, according to Microsoft Tag, of the 4 billion cell phones in the world, 1.08 billion are smart phones and more than 50 per cent of local searches are done on mobile devices.

Efficient Frontier estimates that 22 per cent of all searches in 2012 will be on mobile phones and it is predicted that in 2014 mobile Internet will overtake desktop usage.

The above data is a glimpse of what we can expect in the future. It is time SMEs look at Mobile not just as a communication tool, but as the revenue generator. Touted as the next generation of e-commerce, mobile commerce (m-commerce) enables users to access Internet without the need to find a place to plug in.

Polycom to offer VaaS solution for SMEs

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Targeting the SME sector of India, Polycom has recently announced that it will enable service providers to offer cloud-delivered Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) solutions.

As part of the announcement, Polycom is unveiling Polycom RealPresence Cloud, a wholesale, carrier-ready offering to enable service providers to quickly bring to market VaaS offerings.

Explore Google+: Must for SMEs

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When Google+ was launched in the mid of last year, it had bought some hopes for the Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs). As the search engine giant announced that it would soon be introducing a profile page for SMEs.

Interestingly, the Google+ has got some features which will benefit the SMBs across the globe. One of the most significant features is its ability to categorise friends, family and business contacts into 'circles', which SMBs can effectively make use of.

Using 'circles' on Google+, a business could create circles for existing clients, leads, partners, suppliers and professional contacts. The content and information could be shared on the basis of the interests and needs of each circle. This makes it easy to provide content that may be relevant to one group but not relevant to other groups.

‘Technology is the way forward’: Sam Pitroda appeals to Startups

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Sam PitrodaSocial Entrepreneurship is contributing significantly in the overall economic growth. Impressed by the efforts of social entrepreneurs to make the public delivery service more effective, five African countries want to emulate the Indian models of development, said Sam Pitroda adviser to prime minister Manmohan Singh on public information infrastructure and innovations.

“At least five African countries are looking at Indian models of development to solve the problems at the bottom of the pyramid as Western models were not scalable,” said Pitroda.

Addressing 100 young social innovators at Action For India Forum 2012, Pitroda said India is in a unique position to solve the problems of the poor as it has the largest number of poor and a huge amount of talent to address challenges.

DELL attracts SMEs with new Lazer Printer range

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Dell revealed the findings of a study conducted by Hansa Research, which involved not only a comparison of claims made by leading printer manufacturers but also a survey conducted amongst resellers to determine the cost per page (CPP) & cost of operation (COO) for various Laser printer models. This study is aimed at understanding the commercial laser printer options that could help Small and Medium Businesses (“SMBs”) optimize their total cost of operation. The study highlights efficiencies of Dell laser printers in terms of speed and cost, thereby reiterating Dell’s claim of its commercial printers manage business costs, by reducing the total cost of operations.

Making Computing Affordable

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Notwithstanding, technology brings value to the entire system, the cost factor often makes SMEs, a bit nervous in order to adopt newer technological infrastructure. However, technology itself offers a solution to it. Virtual computing is an effective tool in this direction.

NComputing, an end-to-end desktop virtualization solutions company, announced a breakthrough in the performance and economics of VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructures) with the release of vSpace Server 6.5 desktop virtualization software. vSpace Server 6.5 delivers a host of industry firsts including the ability to support up to 100 users on a single operating system, reduce the number of physical host servers by 75%, and radically improve configuration and management of VDI environments.   VDI deployment is now possible at a fraction of the initial and on-going cost of a traditional PC desktop computing environment.

Microsoft crossed 2000 mark as Dynamics Customers in India

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Microsoft has achieved 2000 plus customers in India for its Dynamics solutions in a time frame of less than five years across various industry sectors such as SMEs as well as enterprise segments.

The Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions are helping its customers enhance their business operations, lower total cost of ownership and get a single view of their operations.

“This achievement is a result of our ability to offer a line of simple and easy-to-use Microsoft Dynamics range of solutions that shows clear business ROI and integrates easily with existing technologies that customers are familiar with or already have installed,” said Subhomoy Sengupta, group director – Microsoft Business Solutions.

Video surveillance as a service for SMEs

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Tulip Telecom - an enterprise data connectivity provider, has tied-up with IT firm MindTree and data storage company Iomega to offer video surveillance services to SMEs. The services will be based on Iomega's storage devices, while MindTree will provide the video management software. The solutions will be rolled out by Tulip.

Acknowledging the fact that security surveillance is an important aspect for SMEs in India, Jonathan Huberman, President, Iomega also said, “The partnership looks to provide India's first video surveillance services based on cloud technology to the SMEs," Solutions would also be launched globally, with MindTree as the software partner.  Iomega would leverage Tulip's broadband network users -- 2,400 businesses -- to expand its footprint.

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