Moving to Smallville
Moving to Smallville Technology vendors are tailoring their wares to the needs of small-enterprise customers. Heres a roundup:* EMC on May 11 bought Interlink Group, a services company specializing in Microsoft technologies and serving small-enterprise customers. EMC also has launched storage products and created a line of refurbished hardware and software for small-enterprise customers. * Hewlett-Packard on May 9 announced new notebook computers in configurations and with financing plans aimed at small enterprises. HP also revamped its Web site to make it easier for small-enterprise customers to find information. * Accenture on March 6 purchased key assets of Savista, a provider of BPO (business process outsourcing) services that cater to small-enterprise customers. * Microsoft launched in November 2005 Premier Foundation, a 24/7 service priced at $30,000 and geared to small enterprises. Microsoft also recently launched Solution Finder, a Web-based service to help customers find partners (microsoft.com/midsizebusiness). * Oracle, which began a small-enterprise push in earnest about two years ago with its SE 1 database, is considering a version of its Fusion project next-generation ERP applications that would be tailored to small-enterprise customers. * Sun Microsystems is aiming its on-demand grid computing service at small enterprises. Sun has signed nearly 1,000 customers for the service. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.
* SAP on May 17 at its Sapphire annual user conference in Orlando, Fla., expanded its reseller relationship with IBM and its channel partners to include several vertical-market implementations of MySAP All-in-One. SAP also offers Business One packaging of its ERP (enterprise resource planning) software for midsize businesses.