Over 18,000 Global Readers and Growing! March 13, 2012 - Issue 7-3 GeekSpeak
I’ve caught my breath after MVP Nation! So let’s rock the bits this week with my monthly GeekSpeak newsletter. So I’ll keep the introduction short.
Be sure to vote for your favorite candidates in the popular SMB 150 election. Nancy Williams and I visit where she receives her BlackBerry PlayBook prize for being a lucky nominee. Did you know that ALL of the SMB 150 award winners will receive a BlackBerry PlayBook (64GB) at our awards dinner in LA, CA on May 16th. Learn more and cast your votes at smb150.com. See below for more details.
PS – Be sure to catch the SMB 150 Influencer Election Town Hall Meeting and Debate! webinar Thurday, March 15, 2012 from 10:00am-11:30am Pacific
PPS – if you are an SMB 150 nominee and you would like to participate in the great debate above – I have a few seats remaining. It’s your opportunity to promote your candidacy and win! Contact me directly.
PPPS – Long-Time SMB Nation Partner, ChannelPro, is hosting their first ever event! March 13-14 in Orlando, FL!
Apple Launches iPad 3 with Much Fanfare
By Regina Ciardiello, Editor of SMB Nation Magazine
Apple announced, with much fanfare, another addition to its i-family, this time with the iPad 3 (or iPad HD as I’ve heard some refer to it as). The newest device release from the tech giant marks the third-generation of its category defining mobile device, featuring a new Retina display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing photos and 1080p HD video.
The iPad 3 also includes Wi-Fi + 4G connects to fast networks worldwide, including AT&T’s and Verizon’s 4G LTE networks, while delivering same all-day 10 hour battery life.* Beginning today, Apple says the iPad 2 will be offered at a lowered starting price of just $399.
The new iPad will have a high-resolution display and connect to 4G LTE services that are offered by carriers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless. The tablet will also have a five megapixel camera and a microphone to take dictation.
An ERP for the rest of us!
Joint article by Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman of SMB Nation, Inc. and Cloud Nation and Joseph Walker, contributing writer for SMB Nation, Inc. and Cloud Nation.
This is a two-part story brought to you by me (Harrybbb) and Joseph Walker, contributing writer for SMB Nation and Cloud Nation. In the first part, I share a video interview (see below) and my experience with myERP. Joseph provides an extensive product review.
Harry’s Version of the TRUTH!
A popular technology writer’s paradigm is to have a “30-day journey” with a particular product or service (e.g. “My 30-days with the iPad”). In this case today, consider this my 30-mins with a robust SMB Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) cloud application called myERP.com.
On a recent trip to the Bay Area, I enjoyed a lengthy SMB Nation “Friday Afternoon Club” lunch in Palo Alto with Francois Nadal, CEO/founder of myERP and his team. Not surprisingly, we went to a French restaurant, given myERP’s French roots. In that time frame, we were able to compare ERP notes (I studied this area – then known as MRP – back in graduate school and have extensive ERP experience with Dynamics and Netsuite). It’s that ERP foundation that allows me to exclaim that myERP.com is totally appropriate for the small and medium-sized business (SMB). After using Net$uite (read expensive) for a few years, I had started to believe that no SMB should ever consider using an ERP system. The myERP.com cloud application has happily changed my view.
While speaking with Ron Snyder, Communications manager for myERP.com in a follow-up chat, I signed up and started using myERP.com within 30-mins (while chatting with Ron). Needless to say, I’ll play around with this cloud service over the next few months and report back to you on my progress. Stay tuned, turn on and go sign up for myERP.com and join me!
Joseph’s version of the TRUTH!
MyERP is a cloud-based, SaaS enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. In other words, its goal is to allow users to run their businesses from any computer with an Internet connection. MyERP is a young, up-and-coming company, but its developers obviously know their code. The service has many of the basics nailed but is still very much in development. Its features combine elements of popular CRM, project management, and accounting software beneath a simple yet elegant interface.
The top suggestion for “create bill” was New Vendor Bill. First on the list for “view leads” was View Leads.
But MyERP certainly isn’t perfect at understanding natural language input. For example, “customer history” gave New Customer Contact. Fourth on the list was View Customers, which brought up a searchable list of customers. Clicking on a customer loaded a screen that allows users to see a customer’s contact information and key “items” (i.e. leads, sales, etc.) By clicking on “Advanced” at the bottom of the View customer screen, I finally found what amounted to a complete customer history. While it took a few steps, it was all easy enough to sort out.
As the software expands, the menu could become less manageable than it is now, but it works for the software’s current feature set — and it could easily be adapted as features expand. The main menu actually offers a decent level of insight into what MyERP does well and what it doesn’t. For example, it works decently as a project management tool but does not yet have many communication related features. Developers promise that better communication tracking components will be added in its next update (coming soon). The software also offers a solid feature set for tracking customers, vendors, sales, basic finances, and inventory. But when it comes to employee management, it’s definitely not a payroll solution -- at least not yet.
The SMB 150—a Quick How-To Guide on Voting
By Regina Ciardiello, Editor of SMB Nation Magazine
Many of our readers and tribal members have been calling and emailing (and even discussing on social media sites) specific questions on the voting process for this year’s SMB 150 Awards. Last week, Harrybbb put together a quick blog on how to cast your ballot. However, I also wanted to draw your attention to a couple of blogs posted by two industry members (and fellow SMB 150 nominees) that will offer additional insight.
The first blog you can check out is Karl Palachuk’s Small Biz Thoughts, focusing on SMB IT professionals, and the vendors who serve them. In his blog, Palachuk summarizes the voting process, and also offers his picks on those to watch for in the running.
Another blogger (and SMB 150 nominee) worth noting is Tubblog by IT consultant Richard Tubb, a UK-based SBSer. In his blog, Tubb not only outlines the voting, but also breaks down his SMB 150 contenders by category. This includes groups like “The Brits,” “The Bloggers,” “The Community Leaders,” The Vendors” and “MSPs and MSP Coaches.”
Voting for the SMB 150 will continue through this month, ending on Friday, April 6. Make sure you log on, each day, to www.SMB150.com, to get in your picks for your favorite SMB channel influencers.
Also, we will be holding a "Town Hall" style webinar on Thursday, March 15, at 10 am PST, asking 10 pre-selected SMB 150 nominees some of the toughest questions. Professional accomplishments, ethics, future aspirations are all topics on the table. Click here to register for what promises to be one of the hottest webinars of the year.
MVP Nation Recap!
Pictured above from left to right: Harrybbb giving the Welcome Address, the Exhibit Hall and the Windows 8 Expert Panel!
At the end of the day, our second annual MVP Nation event was blessed with fair weather, a newly released “Consumer Preview” download of Windows 8, great food, fantastic venue (the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond) and a robust in-person and virtual audience including MVPs.
That alone could be the end of my recap. But there is more that share with you. The topic, Windows 8, was HOT! We attracted outside speakers including representatives from Windows8update.com, Directions on Microsoft and PCWorld. It was a single track experience in a single room. Basically we liked this – what you see is what you get! It was all Windows 8 baby! This format also allowed us to broadcast worldwide to attendees in APAC, LATAM, NORAM, EMEA and even Alaska!
The net-net on the show was this. By design, it was truly “Grad School for Geeks” with limited introductory content and seriously rich technical content. I personally witnessed old men crying from being overwhelmed with the SMB 2.2 protocol lecture. Others suffered meltdowns during the mobile phone application development lecture. Bravo!
Moving forward, paid attendees will receive a link to watch the conference again on video replay. The Windows 8 story is certainly poised to grow over the new few months and be highlighted at our Fall conference (October 12-14, 2012).
Finally, a shout out to our sponsors especially StorageCraft and HP!!!!
We also received this bit of reader feedback:
Don’t know if this will get to you ok, but we had a slight issue with Windows 8 64 on the HP Microservers.
After installation (an upgrade from Win7) the machine saw all the drives as single devices and the mirrored pairs had vanished. This was a bit of an issue as our test rig had 2 x 3Tb drives on it which windows was now offering to initialise for me.
The solution was to install the raid drivers – which actually did nothing other than put the shortcut to the web interface in the Start Screen. After that we re-build the drive mirror selection the option to NOT Initialise the drive. Then the drive popped back up into view with all it’s lovely data on it.
Just thought I’d give you a quick heads-up on this.
Kind regards and enjoy MVP Nation
Mike Hoffman BSc. MCPDirector - Drum Brae Solutions Ltd
Geek Show Recaps!
I wanted to file my reports from some recent shows I have attended including Consumer Camp, MacTech and GeekWire! These are all new shows for me and maybe you too!
Marcus Fenix discusses the mission of Consumer Camp on February 27th, 2012.
IT Pro Appreciation Day, March 23!
The Carolina IT Professionals Group (CITPG) is hosting a one-day event to honor IT Professionals on March 23, 2012 in Charlotte, NC! Topics for this event are diverse, and include:
Admission for this event is $10.00, which will include access to all sessions, discussions, demonstrations and lunch! All proceeds from this conference go to local children’s charities. For more information about this event, or to register (for a head count,) please see the site here. The event will take place at the Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, 1117 South Blvd, Charlotte. NC from 8:00am-6:30pm. This event is co-sponsored by Microsoft.
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