Tech notes – cool stuff…

“This is too much,” says Billie (a hysterically funny Eddie Murphy) fauningly to his erstwhile ‘rescuers’ in the movie Trading Places. “Yeah, this kinda thang happens to me ever’ week.”

eWeek is so full of newsy stuff about technology. Sometimes it’s overwhelming…

BlackBerry–a technology I have not as yet managed to put on top of my priority list (though I see it coming)–has just announced a cool new feature: you can walk into MicroCenter, buy the thing, and get it connected and functioning before you walk out of the store. Now of course you need to have a pre-existing relationship with a BlackBerry Enterprise server (people like Eaton and E&Y have those). But also–and I think I love this one–they’re licensing the source code to Palm OS people (I’m the proud owner of a somewhat dated–10 months maybe?–Palm ZIRE 71). How will that work for us SMBs (the new acronym for small-to-mid-sized businesses)?

Okay, I think I’m excited. Then they say they’ve just launched SFA (sales force automation) software for Salesforce.com. Since I have become increasingly frustrated with ACT as a database/contact management program and I’ve already downloaded the free version of Salesforce, this might become the final nail in ACT’s coffin at this office…

And then I see that Microsoft (remind me to tell you how impressed I am with their service since I’ve signed up with them for webhosting and–as my Linux-based buddy Drew Holland says–”gone over to the dark side”) is introducing collaborative tools for application development. Man, I’m guessing the Flashline folks have probably been confabbing with them big-time since that’s their forte–shared code, etc.

The implications for SMBs (an increasingly large percentage of business people) are pretty exciting. The future is swarming with opportunities to “look big” even though you’re SMB. Can’t wait to see where these trends go…

…just gonna make blogging for business easier.

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