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March 9, 2010

A Few Thoughts About Mid-Market IT

Big thanks to Eric Beehler for inviting me to appear on CS Techcast 110 this week. We talked at length about some of the unique challenges facing mid-market IT.

Although the conversation was spurred mostly by the news of Microsoft’s cancelling Essential Business Server v2, we discussed a wide range of topics, including cloud-based services (big shock there) and virtualization.

If you want to skip ahead, my section starts at the 12:52 (or so) mark.

I’ll admit, it was kinda weird being on the other side of the microphone. Flashbacks of SBS Show kept running through my head, but being on the other side of the desk made this the fastest, easiest webcast I’ve ever done.

Check it out. Hope you like it.

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March 5, 2010

EBS Has Left The Building

Even in a sequined jumpsuit, a skeleton is still dead.

Instead of my typically convoluted Funcave windup involving some theoretical physics, Bluetooth and comic book lore a la “The Big Bang Theory,” I’ll just come right out and say what’s up this time:

Essential Business Server = DEAD

That’s officially official as of right now, which should be 8:00 a.m. Pacific Standard time on March 5th, 2010. So what does that really mean?

In the immediate term, it means there will be no v2 of Essential Business Server. Not ever. Which is a damned shame, because v2 was looking completely and totally badass.

Keep reading!

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July 15, 2009

Too Hot To Handle

Hot burn you!

That’s right. 3 out of the last 4 slides on my deck submitted for my last session at WPC were deemed “unsuitable” and “too risky.” Other words bandied about were “copyright,” “lawsuit” and “knuckle sandwich.”

In other words…

You really won’t want to miss this one, folks.

So if you’re at WPC and wanna see what all the fuss it about, make plans to be at session SMB012 – “The Business of Your Community” TODAY! It’s at 5p in Room 218–219.

To make it easy for you to remember, here’s a handy .vcs file which will put session SMB012 right on your calendar for you.

We’ll be talking about ways that you can build and market your business, all while being be a shining example of a corporate citizen at the same time. I almost named this session “Do Well By Doing Right.”

Hope to see you there!

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June 10, 2009

People Are Buzzing About Brand-New Emily

If you told two friend about BNE, and they told two friends, and they told two friends...see how that would be totally awesome and we'd love you forever?

Ginger already has a slew of reviews and blurbs collected from various folks on her new site at gingerrue.com, which is all part of the whole “PR and release” process.

But since the book’s come out, it’s been really super cool for her to see the responses from folks who’ve bought and read Brand-New Emily. Here are just a few examples of what’s coming in over her author page on Facebookread more…

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July 9, 2008

One Down, One To Go

Thanks everybody, for being cooler than a roomful of Fonzies!

The first of my speaking engagements at Worldwide Partner Conference went smashingly well yesterday. That was the Windows Mobile keynote in room 372 BCEF talking about Mobility in Small and Medium Sized Businesses.

The room was full, and I don’t remember anyone leaving during the session at all. Despite the fact that my own Awesome Per Minute ratio was through the roof.

Of course, the reason the keynote went so well was totally thanks to the amazingly kickass job that Laura Johnson and Steve Doe did laying out the case for Mobility in small and medium-businesses.

I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to share Black Warrior Technology’s approach to Mobility and Windows Mobile in particular.

The second of my speaking engagements at Worldwide Partner Conference happens Thursday, July 10th, which is tomorrow, at 1:30p. It’ll be in room 382 ABC, which is the room across from the Green (Mobility) Lounge.

I’ll be speaking about specific examples of Black Warrior Technology’s approach to Mobility and Windows Mobile that have turned into huge wins for both our customers and our company.

Which, like the hokey-pokey, is REALLY what it’s all about!

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