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London, United Kingdom, November 28, 2012 --( XTime is now using Storage Made Easy's SaaS unified Cloud File Server Platform. XTime is the leading provider of web scheduling and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions for automotive service departments in North America, covering more than 4,800 dealerships. “We ran an extensive trial prior to choosing Storage Made Easy,” said David Richards, application specialist, XTime. “We've been using the system for more than a year now while expanding our user base. We chose Storage Made Easy because we wanted a familiar, folder-based solution that would be easy for our people to use on their own. File versioning and folder security were also requirements, which SME provides. And although we didn’t know it when we first signed on, SME’s support has been truly outstanding. We made several requests for enhancem... (more)

SYS-CON Media Readers Cast More Than 4,000 Votes In First Week Of Voting

This year it looks certain that a new participation record will be set, as more than 4,000 votes have already been recorded in just the first seven days of voting, and more than 50,000 SYS-CON Media readers are estimated to cast their votes in this year's Readers' Choice Awards. The winners of this years awards will be announced in November at Web Services Edge 2005 West - International Web Services Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The list of companies heading the various polls reads like a "Who's Who" of the most active and enterprising players in the i-technology space - including all the industry's top software and hardware vendors, services providers, and technical publishers. Highlights after just one week's voting include: 2005 JDJ Readers' Choice Awards: There are 26 categories in this year's JDJ awards. In the coveted "Best Java Application Server" categor... (more)

High-Tech Public Relations and Alan Zeichick - Analyze This!

When I landed in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, October 13, 2007, the last thing on my mind was writing a blog entry about high-tech public relations, until I heard from a PR agent on the day of my arrival. In the past 10 days or so we have been working with her on a breaking news story that is currently under NDA. I was so impressed with her professionalism and her passion for perfection that yesterday I posted a blog entry, recommending the agency she works for, to technology companies that are searching for a highly qualified public relations firm. Within minutes of my blog entry, I received the strangest email notification, alerting me to another blog written by Alan Zeichick, "co-founder and editorial director of BZ Media, which publishes SD Times and Software Test & Performance, and which also produces the Software Security Summit, Software Test & Performance Conf... (more)

Zimbra Expands Mobile E-mail to Java-Enabled Devices

Zimbra announced the availability of its ZimbraME (Java Mobile Edition) client and source code for businesses. Users of any Java-enabled mobile phone will have access to the industry’s most complete collaboration solution. The ZimbraME client provides Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) Open Source and Network Edition users worldwide with free access to the Zimbra experience with e-mail and calendar on mass-market Java-enabled mobile phones. This extends Zimbra’s reach of services to the broadest range of devices available in the market and builds on Yahoo!’s e-mail and mobile Web services and as a key starting point for consumers. “ZimbraME is key to delivering on our strategy and commitment to provide the best experience and widest range of desktop and mobile support of any messaging platform in the market today,” said Satish Dharmaraj, ... (more)

Maximizer Software Partners with McObject to Improve Mobile CRM on BlackBerry Devices

Maximizer Software announced its partnership with McObject to enhance mobile productivity on Maximizer’s mobile CRM offering for BlackBerry smartphone devices. “Accessing up-to-date information on customers is critical to sales executives and other professionals in the field. Increasingly, they require this capability from their BlackBerry smartphones rather than laptops,” said Will Anderson, executive vice president of technology, Maximizer Software. “Maximizer Software is pleased to partner with McObject to improve mobile professionals’ ability to prospect, close sales and service customers’ activities that continue to make Maximizer CRM for BlackBerry a clear choice for field staff and business travelers.” With the new partnership, on-the-road sales professionals, business owners and others relying on popular BlackBerry d... (more)

Twitter is the Dumbest Thing I Have Ever Seen in My Life

On December 30, 2008 I was in Prague spending the New Year's Eve. That morning I found a copy of the Financial Times outside my hotel room and read this story during my breakfast, entitled Companies use Twitter to pack PR punch. The story was intriguing and I was curious. When I returned home I opened up a Twitter account, almost two months ago by now. Here is my review and experience with Twitter for the past two months. It is a useless, stupid nightmare. This idiotic Web 2.0 nonsense is crammed with spammers and crazy people who have too much time in their hands, not to mention the occasional hookers here and there who are trying to sneak in with their tweets. Twitter is the dumbest thing I have ever seen, I can't believe my eyes. What is wrong with you people? Did you lose your minds? Get a job, do something, leave this stupidity alone. Now, I have to rescue my ce... (more)

Cloud Computing Was the Big News of 2009

Early Bird Registration Cloud Expo This time of year is a great time to reflect upon the last 12 months and see what has occurred as well as discuss the impact of the events on this year and next. The Big News The big news in IT this year has to be Cloud Computing. Like the result of a Gremlin fed after midnight, Cloud Computing turned into the Stripe of the IT world. As pundits and vendors raced to gain mindshare as a means of priming the economy-dulled sales pipeline, IT buyers were caught trying to figure out, "is this the next great frontier, or am I going to look like an ass for recommending yet another useless acquisition?" Cloud Expo New York will draw more than 5,000 delegates on April 9-21, 2010 at te Jacob Javits Convention Center Interestingly, cost is not the major driver behind these offerings, but instead access to compute resources on demand that don'... (more)

Bomgar Wins Advocate Marketing Program and Marketer of the Year Awards

Bomgar, the leader in enterprise remote support solutions, today announced it’s won the Advocate Marketing Program of the Year and Advocate Marketer of the Year awards in the first annual Best Advocate Marketing Awards, presented by Influitive. The Best Advocate Marketing Awards, also known as the BAMMIES, recognize B2B companies employing advocate marketing campaigns to capture the enthusiasm of their customers, partners, and fans, and turn it into a powerful force for igniting business growth. The Advocate Marketing Program of the Year Award celebrates the best overall advocate marketing strategy, tactics and results that has delivered measureable value through inspiring and flawless execution. Hundreds of Bomgar customers and fans voted in this People’s Choice award to drive Bomgar to the top spot. The Bomgar remote support solution is used by tech support organ... (more)

Google To Debut Its "Beacon" Internet Of Things Technology At @ThingsExpo

Google To Debut "Physical Web Beacon" at @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Google's Scott Jenson will discuss how the Physical Web incorporates beacons that can be put in any small retail store, for example, so that every store now has "an app" for its customers. The Physical Web is an open standard so any device can broadcast a URL wirelessly, so any phone/tablet/watch nearby can see and rank those devices. When the user taps on one, they just go to that web page. It's really that simple. It's about thinking small, enabling micro-information (what is in my prescription bottle) or micro interaction (can I buy a candy bar). Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially explodi... (more)

Run Once, Right Anywhere?

For Java technology to fulfill its promise, it should be possible to test a Java application on just one device and, if it works properly, assume that it will run well on any other. J2ME, in its most familiar guise of MIDP, comes closer to this ideal than either the Standard or Enterprise edition because there's only one version of the specification. Although there are different implementations, as far as the Java application is concerned it isn't able to tell which platform it's running on. There is a fly in the ointment, however. While MIDP offers a highly consistent runtime environment and so consistency of functionality, user interfaces vary wildly. Meanwhile, on Planet Earth... Real-world marketing issues mean that manufacturers produce phones in a range of shapes and sizes, with capabilities to suit every pocket. Can developers be blamed for wanting to take fu... (more)

The BlackBerry Heads East

(March 26, 2002) - The wisdom of developing handheld devices based on truly global standards like Java - and GPRS - is being demonstrated dramatically in the case of Waterloo, Ontario-based Research in Motion, known simply as "RIM" to anyone who already loves the company's BlackBerry wireless e-mail device. In an announcement timed to please Sun Microsystems as much as Hong Kong-based Hutchison Telecommunications, the world has learned this week (the week of JavaOne in San Francisco) that Hutchison Telecom is to be the first mobile operator anywhere in Asia to offer the BlackBerry to its customers. Launched in North America in 1999 and in Europe just last year, this puts the RIM BlackBerry on course to becoming before long the most popular end-to-end enterprise e-mail solution on Earth. "We look forward to delivering BlackBerry to a broad range of organizations in Hon... (more)