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IBM has pledged $1 billion in financing to help SMBs procure certain IBM offerings, such as cloud services, big data and analytic systems. The financing will be available over the next 18 months and can be approved within 60 seconds, the company says. Customers will typically repay the loans over 36 months with interest rates as low as 0 percent for 12 months, with no money down.
If you’re not a heavy Google Docs user you probably aren’t familiar with how the service has evolved in the two years it’s been out of beta and how you could be putting the free Web-based office suite to use for your business. If that description fits you, you’re in luck. Howard Wen, writing for Computerworld, recently wrote a thorough review of Google Docs features and functions.
Fishbowl announced the release of SalesPoint, a new point of sale (POS) software add-on to Fishbowl Inventory, a popular addition to QuickBooks that helps companies manage their inventory. SalesPoint integrates with Fishbowl Inventory to track a product from the time it enters a warehouse to the time it leaves in a customer’s hands. The Utah-based company says the integration eliminates time loss and errors due to double entry and typing product information.
For years enterprise software vendors have been selling to CIOs expensive and complex systems that employees don’t like, can’t figure out, and underuse, which is ultimately a waste of money, writes Box.net CEO Aaron Levie for TechCrunch. That’s changing, he says, due to web-delivered, freemium or open-sourced solutions that employees start using on their own, resulting in viral, bottom-up adoption of technology across organizations of all sizes.
Instead of looking for terms that show up in web pages, Wolfram Alpha is a search engine that actually does computations to answer queries. For instance, let’s say you want to know the basal metabolic rate of a 35-year-old woman who is 5’5” and weighs 125 pounds. In a snap Wolfram Alpha will tell you she needs anywhere from 1,562 to 2,474 calories a day, depending on her activity level.