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2010 Small Business Technology Tour …

2010 Small Business Technology Tour
Panel: “Collaboration and Communication: How to Bring Your Company Together”

Cambridge MA: October 25, 12:15 PM
Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD)
One Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142

Washington DC: November 5, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Renaissance Hotel, DC
999 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Panelists:
1. Zoho: Raju Vegesna (raju@zoho.com)
2. HyperOffice: Shahab Kaviani, EVP, Marketing and Product Marketing (skaviani@hyperoffice.com)
3. Google Apps for Business (represented by local partners):
a. Wash DC: Dan McNelis, Principal, Dito (dan@ditoweb.com)
b. Cambridge, MA: Allen B. Falcon, CEO Horizon Info Services, LLC (afalcon@horizoninfoservices.com)
4. IBM LotusLive:
a. Wash DC Ted Brufke, (tburfke@us.ibm.com)
b. Cambridge, MA: Roger George, (rgeorge@us.ibm.com)

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  • Brief introductions of panelists
    Define what an online collaboration suite is
    Then talk about why should care
    Q&A

    2010 Small Business Technology Tour
    Panel: “Collaboration and Communication: How to Bring Your Company Together”
     
    October 25, Cambridge MA
    November 5, Washington DC
     
    Panelists:
    Zoho: Raju Vegesna (raju@zoho.com)
    HyperOffice: Shahab Kaviani, EVP, Marketing and Product Marketing (skaviani@hyperoffice.com)
    Google Apps for Business (represented by local partners):
    Wash DC: Dan McNelis, Principal, Dito (dan@ditoweb.com)
    Cambridge, MA: Allen B. Falcon, CEO Horizon Info Services, LLC (afalcon@horizoninfoservices.com)
    IBM LotusLive:
    Wash DC Ted Brufke, (tburfke@us.ibm.com)
    Cambridge, MA: Roger George, (rgeorge@us.ibm.com)
     
    Discussion moderated by Laurie McCabe, Partner, SMB Group
  • Quick introduction of panelists and definition of online collaboration suites.
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    Dan McNelis is an expert in the Google Apps ecosystem and his firm, DITO, has helped more than 200 companies make the switch to Google Apps. Prior to DITO, Dan held Engineering, Sales/Marketing, Project Management, and Subcontract Management & Lean Six Sigma SME at Intel Corp, M.C. Dean, and Lockheed Martin. 

    Ted Brufke is the US SaaS Sales Leader for IBM’s LotusLive portfolio of online collaboration services and has been leading this effort since early 2009.

    Shahab Kaviani is here from HyperOffice—Shahab has been responsible for Sales & Marketing at HyperOffice since 2003. He's charged with advancing the company's strategy as a leader in the SaaS industry for the collaboration market, and growing the customer base.

    Raju Vegesna--Raju is an evangelist for Zoho and is one of the foremost thought leaders in the Office 2.0 revolution. Raju is also one of the key people responsible for developing the strategic direction of the Zoho Suite, and is an avid blogger on Zoho blogs.
  • Kick-off questions:
    How would you define an online collaboration suite?  
    What are the benefits of an online collaboration suite for small businesses?
    How much does it cost?
     What are the reasons that small businesses typically move from point collaboration solutions to an online collaboration suite? What are the pain points that signal that a business could benefit from a suite?
    Is this a DIY job, or does a business need help to deploy and get up and productive? Who can help with this?
    The online collaboration suite space is really heating up--there are lots of choices for small businesses. What should a small business look for?
    What are the gotchas that can get in the way when a business is trying to move to an online collaboration suite?
    PANEL: Collaboration and Communication: - What are some ways that small businesses are successfully collaboration and communicating beyond the "usual" - Yeah we can all share documents, but is that all there is? - For those who NOT collaborating and communicating - what are they missing - What productivity, money saving, time saving enhancements can be realized by C&C - For those using traditional servers and networks - how can they leverage C&A - must everyone be "in the cloud" per se - How to choose a C&C vendor to work with. There are so many who compete - startups and more mature vendors - how to choose
  • What is an Online Collaboration Suite, and Why Should You Care?

    Blog series: Are You Ready to Move Beyond Email?

    Research Report: Moving Beyond Email: The Era of SMB Online Collaboration Suites
  • Transcript

    • 1. Collaboration and Communication: How to Bring Your Company Together 2010 Small Business Technology Tour Washington, DC November 5, 2010 Moderator: Laurie McCabe, Partner, SMB Group www.smb-gr.com
    • 2. Panelists • Dan McNelis, Principal, Dito, Google Apps for Business • Shahab Kaviani, EVP, Marketing and Product Marketing, HyperOffice • • Ted Brufke, Sales Leader, IBM LotusLive • Raju Vegesna, Chief Evangelist, Zoho 2
    • 3. What is an Online Collaboration Suite? • Integrate pieces of the collaboration puzzle into a unified solution that • Makes it easier to find, share, manage and use information, locate and connect with the people you need when you need them. • Delivered as web-based services o Login using a web browser o Monthly or annual per user subscription pricing model Online Collaboration Suites Email IM Calendars File sharing Document mgt. Workspaces Web conferencing Wikis/Forum s Real time feeds
    • 4. For More Information About Collaboration Suites from the SMB Group • What is an Online Collaboration Suite, and Why Should You Care: http://www.smb-gr.com/smb-education/what-is-an-online-collaboration- suite-and-why-should-you-care/ • Blog series: Are You Ready to Move Beyond Email? http://lauriemccabe.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/are-you-ready-to-move- beyond-email-assessing-online-collaboration-suites-for-smbs/ • Complimentary Research Study: Moving Beyond Email: The Era of SMB Online Collaboration Suites: http://www.smb-gr.com/contact/moving-beyond-email-the-era-of-online- collaboration-suites/ Thank You! www.smb-gr.com Sign up for our free monthly newsletter: http://www.smb- gr.com/about/newsletters/
    • 5. For More Information About Specific Vendor Collaboration Suites • Google Apps for Business and Horizon Info Services, LLC: http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/index.html http://www.horizoninfoservices.com/ • HyperOffice: http://www.hyperoffice.com/vendor-selection-tool/ (Free interactive tool to help determine which solution is right for you) • IBM LotusLive: https://www.lotuslive.com/en/ • Zoho Business: http://business.zoho.com/biz/login/login.jsp