New Start-Up with Need for Speed Gets Help From Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Customer Solution Case Study New Start-Up with Need for Speed Gets Help From New Operating System t Overview “Finding legal, finance and human resource relatedCountry or Region: France, United StatesIndustry: Internet documents quickly is welcomed in Federated Search.Mobile Communications Being able to broaden the search to IE pages is alsoCustomer Profile efficient. I really like the „one-search‟ capability.”Smub created a new, clever way for mobile Hervé Thevenet, Business Development Manager, Smub.comdevice users to save, sort and share webpages. It has 12 employees and offices inLyon, France and Palo Alto, California. A new start-up called Smub Inc., with offices in Palo Alto, CA andBusiness Situation Lyon, France, has developed new Internet bookmarking capabilitiesAs a new start up, Smub must move quicklyto manage many deadlines and for smart phones and PDAs. Smub allows users to share anddocuments. It also must make sure its new bookmark Web pages from any device. It‟s simple to share andmobile bookmarking product works with allknown operating systems and browsers. bookmark a Web page right from your browser‟s address bar by typing smub.it/ to the left of http://. You can bookmark links andSolutionThe firm is using Windows 7 to test emails, post them to Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter right from acompatibility and functionality with its new Smartphone, PDA, or computer. Tapping the IT expertise ofproduct and is discovering new features inWindows 7 that are helping speed-up its Ordin-ere, a Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner, Smub.com solved twobusiness operations. problems at once: Windows® 7 compatibility, and new ways toBenefits speed up its business. The test-drive results validated Smub‟s Faster Finding functionality on the new OS and features like Federated Search, Faster Connections Faster Navigation Taskbar personalization, Aero® Interface and Libraries are Faster Using streamlining workflow to help keep pace with the hyper-speed Faster Solutions needs of the company.
Situation Power ManagementAs a new start-up company with locations in Laptop batteries last longer with power-Lyon, France and Palo Alto, California, Smub saving features like Battery Poweris launching a new bookmarking tool Management.especially efficient for mobile device users.As with most new companies, having 12 Federated Searchemployees spread across two continents Federated Search enables the Smub team tomeans the firm is challenged by a myriad of find virtually any type of file whether locateddeadlines and coordination problems. Smub on local drives, network or the Internet.is constantly on the lookout for technology Searches are deeper and morethat can help speed up its business and comprehensive.make it more productive. In addition, thecompany needed to make sure Smub was Problem Steps Recordercompatible with the latest supporting Problem Steps Recorder allows the Smubtechnology. According to Hervé Thevenet, staff to precisely capture and communicate aBusiness Development Manager, Smub.com, bug when testing new versions of the Smub“Smub must work flawlessly on any machine site or toolbar.and browser. Ignorance will kill the product,so we‟re testing it in every known venue. Aero® desktop experienceWindows 7 and IE 8 are on our must-work list. The Windows 7 Aero Snap feature gives Smub users side-by-side window viewing by“The other major challenge we have is dragging windows to borders, left and right.managing the speed of our business. We all Grab and shake the foremost screen to makehave a thousand projects with a thousand all other screens disappear. The Peek featuredeadlines. We need technology tools that will is invoked by clicking the lower right handenable us to keep pace.” Show Desktop rectangle. The desktop is immediately visible to view gadgets and other desktop icons.SolutionSmub is finding a number of new features in TaskbarWindows 7 that are helping it keep up with its Features like Pinning and Jump Lists,fast-paced, new start-up business. conveniently accessed from the taskbar, streamline document navigation. Smub usersNetwork Connection Wizard have their files more readily available.Network Connection Wizard provides easierdesktop connection to wireless, VPN and LAN Librariesnetworks. For Smub, this means managers Libraries enable Smub users to create acan more quickly identify and connect or single folder or library of a variety ofdisconnect from network connection options documents needed for projects or ready-within a single window. reference without disturbing the original location of the documents throughout theLocation-Aware Printing network.As Smub managers move from one networkto another, Location-Aware Printingautomatically recognizes and rememberseach new default printer.
Benefits the time. “My laptop battery has never lastedFaster Finding the whole train trip to Brussels before. I eitherMost start-ups like Smub must manage have to put in a new battery partway throughvolumes of information and files. However, a the trip or stop working. The powerlot of time can be consumed searching for management feature in Windows 7 changedthese needed files. Thevenet is a new fan of that. Its miserly use of power got me toFederated Search. “The deeper finding Brussels on one charge. Amazing!”capabilities of Federated Search now saveme from wasting time scouring the Control Faster UsingPanel for obscure indexing options. Typing in “Managing projects just got faster witha key word or two gets me directly connected Windows 7 Libraries. All of the invoices,to the right spot. meeting reports and yearend closing documents--regardless of whether they are“Finding legal, finance and human resource located on local or shared drives--can now berelated documents quickly is a welcomed co-located in a single folder withoutcapability in Federated Search. Being able to disturbing the original location. It speeds upbroaden the search to IE pages is also helpful project work.”in terms of efficiency. I really like the „one-search‟ capability.” Faster Solutions Problem Steps Recorder holds the promise ofFaster Navigation helping resolve IT trouble tickets much fasterJuggling a vast array of documents is part of according to Alex Huart, Director, Ordin-ere,a normal day for Thevenet and his Smub‟s computer consultant. “Solving Smub-associates. New navigation features found in related IT problems now gets done amazinglyWindows 7 are speeding up the process. fast with Problem Steps Recorder. Smub“Jump Lists and Taskbar Pinning are users can capture the exact problem withwonderful tools to quickly locate documents. screens and keystrokes in minutes whereOther Aero desktop experience features like before it could take hours using screenSnap, Peek and Shake also help me stay captures and a lengthy narrative.”productive.”Faster ConnectionsFinding the right network connection and theright local printer is a problem that hasbugged most computer users for a long time.Windows 7 has a nifty answer: NetworkConnection Wizard and Location AwarePrinting. “Location Aware Printing and theNetwork Connection Wizard are just greattools that are easy to use. I get connected„right‟ most every time. I never have to beembarrassed about printing to the officeprinter when I‟m sitting at home in Palo Alto.”Faster TravelFor Thevenet, working on the road not onlyhelps to meet more deadlines, it helps pass
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