Business Insights and Tech Tips March 2013

Business Insights for Small and Midsized Enterprises (SMEs)

All-new iPad coming in April?

We could be very close to a new iPad, and it won’t have mere spec bumps like the fourth-generation model. According to Piper Analyst Gene Munster, Apple will release a redesigned iPad at an April event, one that will look very similar to the sleek iPad mini. After all, there is a pattern here.

Fox News – i-Pad in April


It’s a Tablet. No, It’s a PC. Surface Pro Is Both.

For decades, Microsoft has subsisted on the milk of its two cash cows: Windows and Office. The company’s occasional ventures into hardware generally haven’t ended well: *cough* Zune, Kin Phone, Spot Watch *cough*.
But the new Surface Pro tablet, which goes on sale Saturday, seemed to have more going for it than any Microsoft hardware since the Xbox.

NY Times – Microsoft Surface


How to Increase Sales With SMS Text Messaging

With more than 320 million wireless subscribers in the United States, you’re missing a lot of customers if you aren’t using SMS text message marketing. Here’s a primer on how to build a list, send and respond to SMS texts, and write messages that will get customers’ attention. – Increase Sales With Text Messaging


SAP to buy Ticket-Web, a CRM tool for promoters of sports and entertainment events

IDG News Service – SAP plans to extend its CRM offering with the acquisition of Ticket-Web, a German specialist in online ticketing for sports and entertainment venues. – SAP to Buy Ticket Web


When Will Mobile Commerce Be Ready for Primetime?

Mobile commerce offers great deal potential, but like many technology trends, it may take time to really catch on. If your business is looking to implement mcommerce, there are some important factors to consider beyond the technology. First and foremost, think about your customer, and the customer experience. – Mobile Commerce


Update: SAP ports its Business Suite to HANA

ERP software will be running on top of SAP’s HANA in-memory database later this year, as vendor targets Oracle, IBM and Microsoft. IDG News Service – SAP’s flagship Business Suite enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can now run on top of the HANA in-memory database, in a move that stands to open new frontiers of competition with the likes of Oracle, IBM and Microsoft. – SAP HANA

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