Converged Technology Professionals, Inc. Achieves a Microsoft Silver Small Business Competency


Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 24, 2014

Converged Technology Professionals, a nationally-recognized, award-winning unified communications and mobility solutions provider, today announced it has achieved a Silver Small Business competency, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft Corp. customers evolving needs in todays dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft silver competency, partners must successfully demonstrate expertise through rigorous exams, culminating in Microsoft certifications. And to ensure the highest quality of services, Microsoft requires customer references for successful implementation and customer satisfaction.

Converged Technology Professionals expertise in cloud solutions and telecommunications integration makes them a clear choice for voice, data, or cloud needs. Converged ensures customers receive the best possible experience by delivering expert installation, recurring training opportunities, and world-class customer support.

It is an honor to receive the Microsoft Sliver Small Business competency. It serves as a testament to our expertise in todays technology market and demonstrates our knowledge of Microsoft and its products, said Eric Peterson, President of Operations at Converged Technology Professionals. Our objective has always been to serve our customers as technology advisers for their business demands. The Microsoft competency validates our commitment and capabilities to prospective customers.

By achieving a silver competency, organizations have proven their expertise in specific technology areas, placing them among the top 5 percent of Microsoft partners worldwide, said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. When customers look for an IT partner to meet their business challenges, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. These are highly qualified professionals with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.

Earning the Microsoft Small Business competency demonstrates partner expertise and commitment to deliver solutions tailored to Small Business customer requirements. Given the focus on adoption of Cloud computing by over 50% of SMBs in the near future to drive their business operations, partners that invest in this competency are ready to address the rising customer demand for Microsoft cloud solutions based on Office 365, Windows 8, Windows Small Business Server, Windows Intune and CRM Online.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and, with 640,000 Microsoft partners in their ecosystem, to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

About Converged Technology Professionals

Converged Technology Professionals, with offices in Chicago, Crystal Lake, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis, is a nationally-recognized, award-winning unified communications and mobility solutions provider for ShoreTel, based in the Midwest and serving a wide range of organizations from medium-sized businesses to multi-site large enterprises for their mobility, voice, and data needs. CT-Pros also offers cloud-communication VoIP services with ShoreTel Sky. CT-Pros best-in-class customer service combined with ShoreTels UC and mobility solutions assist companies within a multitude of vital industries including healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and the public sector meet their constantly-evolving technology needs. The company has a customer base spread over six continents and is one of the fastest growing VARs in the United States with last years annual sales growth of over 200%. For more information, visit http://www.ct-pros.com.

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Biz2Credit Analysis of Women-Owned Companies Finds Earnings, Credit Scores, and Small Business Loan Applications Rose Dramatically in 2013


New York, NY (PRWEB) March 04, 2014

Earnings and business credit scores of women-owned companies soared in 2013, according to Biz2Credit.com, the leading online credit marketplace, which analyzed more than 10,000 applications from all across the U.S. on its platform during the past year. Average earnings for women-owned businesses rose to $ 54,114 in 2013 from $ 35,135 in 2012 — a whopping 54% jump in a year-to-year comparison. Further, the average credit score for women-owned companies rose to 610 in 2013, up from 592 in 2012.

The 600 benchmark is critical for any business seeking funding. Companies with credit scores under 600 find it next to impossible to secure bank loans and often resort to borrowing money from higher cost sources of capital, such as alternative lenders, said Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit, who oversaw the research. While the average credit score for women-owned businesses was 14 points lower than for male-owned companies, the gap has closed; in 2012, the difference was 40 points.

The Biz2Credit report also found that twice as many women-owned businesses sought funding than they did in 2012. Overall, they raised $ 55 million with an average loan size of $ 85,000. Additionally, women are applying for loans after slightly more than two years in business (27 months), rather than 40 months in business, which was the case in 2012.

This demonstrates a growth in confidence and a desire for company expansion, Arora, one of the nations leading experts in small business lending, added. It is further evidence of the economys slow, but steady, rebound from the Great Recession. Companies do not borrow money unless they anticipate that they will have the ability to pay it back.

Key findings:


Twice as many women-owned businesses applied for credit in 2013 than they did in 2012.
Women-owned companies are applying for credit at an earlier stage in their life cycle.
The average credit score for women-owned companies rose to 610 in 2013 from 592 in 2012.
Average earnings for women-owned businesses rose to $ 54,114 in 2013 from $ 35,135 in 2012, a stunning 54% increase in a year-to-year comparison.

“These figures reflect confidence in the ability of women-owned businesses to pay back loans. Accordingly, the quality of companies applying for funding has improved as credit scores for female-owned companies rose to 610 from 592, said Arora. “Having a credit score below 600 is a critical for any business seeking.”

Women-owned vs. Male-owned Businesses:

Women to Men Ratio: 27% vs. 73% registrations on Biz2Credit.com in 2013.
Average Annual Revenue: Average revenue for women-owned businesses ($ 54,114) was $ 24,617 lower than the annual revenue of male-owned companies ($ 78,731) in 2013.
Average Operating Expenses: Women-owned businesses tended to have average operating expenses. Expenses were 41% of earnings for women-owned businesses; 38% for male-owned companies.
Average Credit Score: On an average, the credit scores for women-owned businesses (610) were 20 points lower than for male-owned companies (630). The difference was 40 points in 2012.
Average Age of Business (in months): 27 vs. 31 (the age of businesses applying for loans was lower for women-owned businesses).

Biz2Credit cited the following causes for the improvement of the fortunes of women entrepreneurs:

1. Education is making a difference. More women are enrolled and completing their college degrees at this point. Eventually this fact is showing up in the economy.

2. The U.S. is now a knowledge-based economy that takes advantage of technology. Women can work from home, take care of the family, and work on a laptop or, increasingly, a smart phone.

3. Women-owned businesses have become more competitive, more efficient, and more cost effective than ever before. For instance, the retail industry has changed. Traffic is built via social media as consumers check profiles, reviews and comments about businesses.

4. The rise of digital and social media has significantly reduced marketing costs. Companies can engage in mobile advertising and social media outreach, instead of spending a fortune on TV advertising. New tools in the marketing tool kit, and they are cheaper forms are more effective in reaching target audiences.

5. Online lending portals have incorporated lenders eager for the high yields that small business lending can produce while also lowering the cost of capital. Business owners shop for lower interest rates and faster loan approvals just as consumers comparison-shop online for deals from retailers. Entrepreneurs have taken to the web in order to find start-up loans, expansion loans, lines of credit and other types of financing.

6. New entrants, such as institutional investors, in the small business lending marketplace, and the aggressiveness of small banks in making SBA loans, have greatly benefitted small business borrowers. Interest rates, particularly among cash advance companies, dropped between 5-6% in 2013 primarily due to competition in the marketplace.

7. Overall startup costs of all types of businesses have gone down. Cloud computers have replaced big servers, and companies dont need big offices as many employees conduct business from home on their laptops, tablets and smart phones. The business world has gone virtual, which saves money for women who have entered high margin consulting businesses, such as p.r., social media marketing, etc.

The small business loan approval rate for women-owned companies was 31% in 2013, compared to the 2012 rate of 26%. However, the funding success rate of female-operated firms remains 8% lower than they are for male-owned companies (39%). Part of this can be attributed to large banks that are still relatively unwilling to fund firms that have been in operation for less than two years.

Women-owned businesses have been able to secure funding from non-bank lenders, which are more willing to lend to younger businesses than big banks are. The catch is that they usually charge higher interest rates, Arora explained. I expect that this scenario will correct itself as women-owned companies mature and expand. As female entrepreneurs gain experience, the gap should continue to close.

Overall, the gaps are narrowing. This report shows that clearly women are doing better. Education is making a difference as more men than women are enrolled in and graduating from college, Arora continued. Women are entering low investment, higher margin businesses, such as interior design, consulting, eLearning, social media and even cupcake businesses. Technology is helping them cut operating, marketing and financial costs.

On Thursday, March 6th, Biz2Credit will host a webinar, The Venus and Mars of Small Business Finance, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET, during which entrepreneurs can ask advice of small business experts. The webinar will be hosted by veteran female entrepreneur and small business expert Anita Campbell, founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and feature Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit, who will examine small business lending programs for women entrepreneurs and sources of funding in a still tight credit marketplace; Lisa Cook, a former member of the Presidents Council of Economic Advisers, who will examine the overall impact of small business on the U.S. economy; and John Meyer, Director of Education for The Company Corporation, who will talk about the importance of choosing the right business structure, differences between forming a corporation (C-Corp or S-Corp) and an LLC, and some of the tax implications of each business format. Click here to register.

About Biz2Credit

Founded in 2007, Biz2Credit has arranged more than $ 1 billion in small business funding throughout the U.S. and is widely recognized as the #1 online cre

CoNetrix launches Aspire CloudRecovery as an Enhanced Backup Solution for Financial Institutions and Small Businesses


Lubbock, TX (PRWEB) July 10, 2013

CoNetrix, a leading provider of networking, cloud and banking technologies, is pleased to announce a new innovative solution for disaster recovery: Aspire CloudRecovery.

Many small-to-medium-sized businesses have applications that are critical to their operations. Losing access to these applications and data, even for a few hours, can have a huge impact on customer service and profitability. Acquiring backup hardware and software to be ready in the event of a disaster can be very expensive.

Through the Aspire CloudRecovery service, CoNetrix can host backup copies of servers and data for a fixed monthly cost. This Recovery as a Service (RaaS) provides customers the ability to access restored versions of their servers and data if they experience a local server or site disaster.

Numerous operating system platforms are supported such as all physical systems running Windows 2003 and later, most recent Linux distributions and virtual systems running under VMware and Hyper-V.

Aspire CloudRecovery can also be implemented as a managed data backup service without the disaster recovery option for a lower cost. Backup data can be saved locally at the customer site for no extra charge, dependent on hardware capacity.

Aspire CloudRecovery hosting provides daily managed and monitored incremental backups over the Internet using a secure connection to the Aspire Cloud. Once a year the service is tested through a simulated disaster. This provides peace of mind that data will be available and processes will continue to function in a variety of disaster situations.

About Aspire: Aspire is cloud hosting bundled with the trusted support and security offered by CoNetrix. Instead of housing bulky and expensive technology, clients can transition their applications and data to the enterprise-class computer infrastructure accessed securely via the Internet. CoNetrix is committed to an annual SSAE 16 examination in its performance in order to maintain its standards of security and deliver the highest quality in virtualized services to its customers. Aspire services include Aspire CloudServer, Aspire CloudMail, and Aspire CloudRecovery.

About CoNetrix: CoNetrix is a full-service technology consulting, security and compliance firm with roots dating back to 1977. Founded in Lubbock, Texas, CoNetrix now serves customers across the U.S., providing a variety of technology and security solutions, including online security and compliance software, IT audits, security vulnerability testing, risk management, technology consulting, cloud hosting, and managed services. Security is designed into all of its offerings, from its software to its consulting and network services. CoNetrix specifically serves financial institutions such as banks, savings associations, credit unions, and trust companies as well as enterprises requiring a high level of security in their operations.







Leading Australian Bendigo IT Firm Launches DIY Web Design Site Builder Tools for Small Business

Bendigo, Victoria (PRWEB) May 13, 2013

CMather Web Development has recently launched their easily operable web designing software that assures professionally looking site design quickly. The offer is available with cloud hosting services from the firm.

For the SMEs on the lookout of affordable web design solutions, the leading Bendigo-based IT consulting firm, CMather Web Development, has announced their latest launch, do it yourself web design services.

The firm announces their free DIY web designing offer to be available for all customers choosing their cloud cPanel web hosting packages.

We do understand that web designing by professionals seem to be exorbitantly costly for the small businesses online. Thus we have come up with our high quality DIY Site Builder software that would enable you to build and design a professionally looking business website without any external web developer help. With our software you can have your site up and running within as little as ten minutes, said the spokesperson from the Bendigo web development firm.

The firms latest offer would be especially beneficial for the small scale Australian business owner over the web, who are looking to save money on web designing and development. As per the statement from the firm spokesperson, the DIY Site Builder wont demand any high end technical skills for implementation and operations.

Our DIY web designing software has been engineered with a very user-friendly interface for the convenience of beginners and hence users with no or little experience in online programming. Applications and extensions will also be able to work with their preferred templates from the system, the spokesperson said.

Their DIY Site Builder is equipped to bring up professionally looking websites only, despite its zero cost and complimentary use with web hosting packages. The DIY Site Builder is armed with a great number of professional pre-designed templates, which enables the users to build up a high-end prospective website necessary to stay dominant amidst the virtual competitors.

Our software would be best for those on the lookout of simple and professional designs, and for users who are comfortable with CMS, the spokesperson added further.

For more details on the site builder web designing software from CMather Web Development, visit http://www.cmather.com/web-design/diy.html

About CMather Web Development Services

From website design, web hosting and domain name registration, CMather provides a comprehensive range of products and services, to assist their clients in creating, developing and marketing a thriving Internet business.

CMather is an international IT Consulting Company located in Bendigo VIC, Australia. For more information about web development, script installation and web design services available through CMather, please visit http://www.CMather.com or request a call back on 1300 628 437.







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Techcess Group’s 2013 Small Business Disaster Preparedness Checklist Now Available


Houston, Texas (PRWEB) July 30, 2013

Techcess Group, Houstons leading Managed IT services company has created a quick Small Business Disaster Preparedness Checklist to help small businesses in and around Houston with their Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity planning.

We created this one page document to become a quick overview of what companies need to know about keeping their business safe, said Jason Wright VP of Sales and Marketing. This checklist is meant to get small business owners thinking about disasters in different ways, so they are prepared for them.”

Example from Small Business Disaster Preparedness Checklist Critical Data Backup –

Schedule daily backups of electronic date

Arrange for offsite storage of critical data

Keep copies of all business records up to date

About Techcess Group

Techcess Group was founded in Houston, Texas and provides local companies with exceptional IT support services. They offer everything a business needs for improving their IT infrastructure, from office phone systems and network support to cloud computing.







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Exigent Technologies Simplifies Cloud Services for Small and Midsize Businesses in New Jersey and New York


Mount Arlington, NJ (PRWEB) July 10, 2013

Exigent Technologies, New Jersey and New Yorks leading managed IT and cloud services company, today announced the launch of TurnKey Cloud, a new professional service offering that makes it easy and affordable for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) in New Jersey and New York to adopt cloud computing solutions with confidence.

Exigent is the easy button for us when it comes to IT, says Dr. Michael Goldberger of Morris County, New Jersey, Tri-County Orthopedics, an Exigent customer since 2005. Before the ink dried on our new services contract, Exigent had our move to the cloud planned out and the execution has been flawless.

Available now, Exigents TurnKey Cloud services are purpose-built for SMBs and include customizable, cloud-based infrastructure solutions and data center services that ensure business availability and enable smaller companies to consume information technology (IT) as a service (IaaS), rather than a continuous capital expenditure.

In addition to saving time and reducing costs, a recent study commissioned by Microsoft Corp. found that SMBs in the U.S. who are using a cloud service are also realizing significant privacy, security and reliability advantages over companies that do not use cloud services. The study notes that 94% of the SMBs polled who are using one or more cloud services have gained security benefits they did not get from former on-premises technology.

Were just scratching the surface when it comes to the business and technology benefits cloud computing will ultimately deliver to SMBs, says Daniel J. Haurey, president, Exigent Technologies. Our new TurnKey Cloud service offering makes it easy for SMBs to take advantage of the efficiencies, savings and performance gains cloud services offer. We know how to put the private cloud to work for SMBs and our early adopter customers are thrilled with the new service.

Exigents TurnKey Cloud offering is supported 24/7/365 by a dedicated team of technology service experts. As part of its commitment to service excellence, Exigent hosts its customers business critical data in a secure, highly available, state-of-the-art computing framework located within a multi-million dollar, SSAE 16 certified datacenter in central New Jersey. This neighboring technology alliance allows Exigents customers to physically see the operation in action and have peace of mind knowing their data is protected, readily available and adheres to industry regulations and best practices. Taking it a step further, Exigents new TurnKey Cloud services include enterprise-grade backup and recovery.

By bundling our business continuity services as part of our TurnKey Cloud offering, weve safeguarded the solution and removed any security concerns customers may have around data protection, loss and recovery, says Haurey. Ensuring our customers always have access to their data anywhere, and at any time is a top priority at Exigent and a measure of success that continues to differentiate us.

For more information about Exigent Technologies for small and midsize businesses, visit http://www.exigent.net or call 1.855.NO DOWNTIME. New York and New Jersey businesses that contact Exigent Technologies and reference TurnKey Cloud will receive a complimentary, no strings attached Cloud Readiness assessment valued at $ 1,500. Offer valid until July 31, 2013.

Follow Exigent Technologies on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/exigenttechnologies.

About Exigent Technologies

Exigent Technologies LLC, (http://www.exigent.net), is a full-service information technology consulting firm that implements and maintains high-performance IT systems for small and medium-sized organizations in a wide range of industries. Established in 1997, Exigent brings proven experience and expertise to every engagement, and differentiates itself on integrity, responsiveness and exceptional customer care.







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ISM Announces Winners of 2013 Top 15 CRM Software Awards for both Enterprise and Small & Medium Business Solutions


Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) May 21, 2013

As businesses seek a higher return and increased effectiveness on marketing, sales and service program investments, the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software market is seeing dramatic growth and enhanced offerings including Data Analytics and Social CRM applications, mobile functionality as well as Gamification features, reports premier CRM consulting firm ISM (http://www.ismguide.com) as part of its annual Top 15 CRM Software Awards. Since 1990, ISM, through its Software Lab, has been awarding recognition to leading CRM providers in Enterprise and Small & Medium Business (SMB) categories.

The winners of the 2013 Top 15 are the influencers in the CRM community who have made significant advancements in both functionality and connectivity for sales, customer service and marketing professionals; offer better decision making tools for executives; and provide more intimate connectivity with todays Digital Clients, said Barton Goldenberg, president, ISM. Goldenberg also notes that mobile CRM, Social CRM, and SaaS offerings continue to be popular CRM software features and that Big Data Analytics/Insight and Gamification applications are the new, hot new trends in the industry. (Note: More in-depth information on the trends follows the release copy.)

The winners of the 2013 Top 15 CRM Software Awards are clearly the leaders and innovators in this fast-paced and growing industry he added.

The Top 15 Award winners, in alphabetical order, are:

ISM Top 15 CRM Enterprise Winners

*Amdocs CM v. 9.0 by Amdocs Limited

*C2 CRM v. 10 by Clear C2, Inc.

*Consona CRM by Aptean

*ExSellence 5.92 by Optima Technologies, Inc.

*Firstwave CRM by Firstwave Technologies, Inc.

*Infor Epiphany 10.0.1 by Infor

*KANA Enterprise by KANA, Inc.

*OnContact CRM v. 7.5 by Oncontact Software Corporation

*Oracle Siebel CRM by Oracle Corporation

*Pega CRM 6.3 by PegaSystems

*Pivotal CRM v. 6.0.12 by Aptean

*Powertrak v10 by Axonom, Inc.

*Salesforce.com by Salesforce.com

AppsPeri, LLC Launches AppsCompleteSM on Demand, a JD Edwards Small Business Bundle


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 25, 2013

With years of experience in business solutions, AppsPeri is launching AppsCompleteSM On-Demand for Oracle-based systems. AppsCompleteSM On-Demand enables Oracle customers around the world to host and maintain their JD Edwards enterprise applications through cloud computing.

AppsCompleteSM On-Demand is now part of AppsPeris small business bundle including financials, OneView reporting, hosting, training and managed services support. It can be implemented in less than one month, allowing customers to quickly take advantage of the JD Edwards feature-rich functionality, full mobile capabilities, low total cost of ownership, hosting and managed services.

Edan Dvora, AppsPeris Vice President of Business Development, explains, Imagine your business up and running on JD Edwards in under 30 days, taking advantage of the reliability and peace of mind that comes from managing your business with a solution that will support your growth.

In the past, AppsPeri heard from many small business owners who assumed that Oracle JD Edwards was cost-prohibitive and said they hoped to someday be able to afford it. AppsPeri made it a mission to develop an affordable option by developing pre-configured solutions and templates to lower implementation costs. The result is an affordable, robust functionality supporting best practices for a small business, within their specific industry.

AppsPeris new business bundle is designed to give owners more freedom by supporting small businesses in the cloud, even as they grow or develop in different directions. AppsCompleteSM On-Demand is a solution that will support your expansion, acquisitions, IPO, and mergers, says Dvora. Or it can simply allow you to run your business from a lounge chair anywhere in the world.

About AppsPeri, LLC:

AppsPeri is a provider of Oracle JD Edwards business applications and associated software services supported by industry specific business processes, an experienced consulting team, and a strong focus on customer care and support. AppsPeri software services include implementation, upgrade, hosting, cloud, and managed services. With a growing reputation for rapid implementation and technology consulting, AppsPeri serves small and mid-size businesses in North America, Europe and Asia focusing on the professional services, manufacturing and distribution, food and beverage, agribusiness, retail and apparel, engineering and construction, consumer product goods, and life sciences industry.







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Industry leaders recently announced how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can speed up business growth by adopting cloud computing


UK – (PRWEB UK) 17 April 2013

London: Change is a given in business. The industrial revolution was world-changing, but business has now moved into a new revolution where innovation and adding value wins. Small and medium sized businesses are flexible, providing an advantage over large businesses to be at the forefront of emerging technologies and ways of doing business.

If organisations dont change, they stagnate at best, Karen Callaghan, people director at Innocent Drinks.

Forrester forecasts that the global market for cloud computing will grow from $ 40.7 billion in 2011 to more than $ 241 billion in 2020.

Australias largest accounting software provider, MYOB recently conducted a study of over 1,000 SMEs which demonstrates that small to medium-sized business operators who embrace cloud computing and business websites were twice as likely to enjoy rising revenue than others in the past 12 months.

While cost may be perceived as the primary reason for SMEs to outsource its IT, many mid-market organizations continue to view cloud computing as a way to transform processes and gain access to best-practice knowledge. Cloud computing has proven its capabilities in providing added value to SMEs, these can be categorised into four distinct areas:

(The below information was sourced from e-Skills for Cloud Computing, Cyber-security and Green IT: A call for action!)

Business revenue and growth

Cloud services allow the business to focus on business because the enterprise can now reduce the need to provide low-business value via high-cost labour to support commodity IT services. Medium-sized businesses can also reduce the amount of money spent on non-differentiated services and can allocate resources to value creating activities. Finally, cloud solutions provide a platform for collaboration that eventually accelerates time to value and reduce time to start up and complete projects.

Agility and flexibility

Cloud services provide greater flexibility on architecture and sourcing options and can be scaled up and down as needed, which then maximises efficiency and adds additional capacity when needed. The introduction of cloud solutions that integrate suppliers and customers in core business processes in real time also means that the boundaries between the companies and the vendors and customers are blurring. The social enterprise is therefore another perspective related to the agile and flexible company using cloud solutions.

Cost reduction

Cost reduction is specifically related to reduced energy consumption and a more general shift from capital expenditure to operational expenditure. Cost reduction can also have a perspective related to employment because cloud provides the option of simplifying IT management.

Innovation

Business value is also related to innovation. Cloud computing means that SMEs avoid the need to handle time-consuming upgrades in-house, as users outsource the operation and maintenance of software and as upgrades take place automatically, the need for redesign of datacentres or IT upgrades is decreasing. Therefore, ICT practitioners can potentially focus on deploying applications or delivering new projects that drive business benefits and innovation. Employees and managers can now conduct all types of business from wherever they choose, and this leads to a stronger emphasis on a service delivery approach to IT. Consequently, cloud solutions must be flexible and rely on service delivery. This way of creating business value means that ICT departments need to focus on the core business and not just the supporting processes. It also means that ICT practitioners will have a direct impact on business through orchestrating, aggregating and delivering services when and where they are needed.

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Simplweb Launches Cloud-based Version of its Joomla! SaaS for Small Businesses


Strafford, VT (PRWEB) March 31, 2011

Joomla! is an award-winning open source content management system (CMS) that is used to power millions of websites. Simplweb.com has enhanced its unique Joomla! SaaS offering for small businesses by partnering with Rackspace to provide instantly deployable CMS websites on a cloud server environment.

With these improvements, Simplweb is poised to become a mainstream player in the small business website market, said Barrie North, founder of Simplweb.com. Our new relationship with the RackSpace Cloud makes our clients websites easy to build, highly scalable and completely bulletproof.”

North founded Simplweb in 2007 after achieving rapid success selling designs and training for the acclaimed Joomla! Content Management System. The bestselling author of Joomla A User’s Guide, North perceived a need for an all-inclusive, software-as-service (SaaS) subscription service package that included a world class publishing platform software, professional and customizable designs, scaleable hosting, expert training, hands-on support, and constant improvements and new features.

As the economy heats up and small businesses return to marketing investment, Simplweb is ready for both small business owners and web designers to use our simple but powerful service to build websites fast, affordably, and with help every step of the way. We want to help small businesses take advantage of this powerful software for their websites without needing an IT department, said North.

Simplwebs new infrastructure is built on one of the industrys most innovative service providers, Texas-based RackSpace Hosting. By using RackSpaces flexible and rock solid cloud environment, Simplweb now offers each customer up to five individual websites that are all easily hosted within a single user account.

Simplwebs users were demanding a multi-site feature for some time, and the new cloud environment made this incredibly scaleable, said North. Now each customer can build up to five websites worth thousands of dollars each for the price of one $ 24.95 a month subscription. Sites can be created and deleted on the fly as needed.

Along with its new infrastructure, Simplweb is constantly improving its other core competencies, including:


Easy and effective search engine marketing (SEM) features and training
A wide range of professional templates
Continuously improving features like blog comments, document management, user directories, and more

With its recent system upgrades and its reputation as a responsive teacher and supporter of small businesses, Simplweb stands out among the sea of services delivering websites to clients, North explained. Our one month free trial with unlimited support also stands us apart.

About Simplweb:

Launched in 2007, Simplweb was the worlds first fully managed Software As A Service (SaaS) platform for the award winning CMS Joomla!. An evolution from one click installers common in most web hosts, Simplweb offers instant Joomla site deployment to a cloud based server environment. All technical aspects of the site are managed including code updates, backups, security and extension management. Simplweb also provides comprehensive training and support on all aspects of building a Joomla website.

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