Paul Scaini

If you’ve never upgraded your ThinkPad to a solid-state drive (SSD), you don’t know what you’re missing. To this day, I remember the first time my ThinkPad booted up in seconds. Since then, I haven’t gone back to a traditional hard-disk drive. Flash is EVERYWHERE. It’s in everything from cell phones and tablets to USB keys and digital cameras. The proliferation of flash into all these devices has significantly reduced the overall cost so much, that it has gained popularity in servers as well. Obviously, companies with the big bucks, such as: banks, oil and gas and Google are the early flash adopters, buying expensive PCIe accelerators like the ones made by Fusion IO to get maximum performance. However, there are plenty of low-cost options and applications that could be more appropriate for your business. Take the boot drive for instance. Its application is basically the same as the SSD in my ThinkPad — and it’s a really good place to start. Typically laptop SSDs are fast and are robust enough for typical business use. (I would say 40 hours a week, but who does that anymore). Server SSDs are also fast, but are more robust and designed for continuous enterprise use. Typically, a boot drive can be read-optimized at about one-to-three drive writes per day, because only small amounts of data are written to it daily. It...

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Paul Scaini is a Canadian working in Beijing China as the Global Portfolio Manager for Lenovo’s   Commercial Desktop Business Unit.  His responsibilities include planning traditional desktops and All-in-Ones for both large enterprises and small and medium business. As a product manager I love to get chances to speak to customers big and small, especially to get feedback on ThinkCentre All-in-Ones.  I am still amazed how many customers have no idea what an All-in-One (AIO) is.  I’ve just recently spoken to decision makers at a Global NGO (Non Profit Organization) and a Federal Government, shown them an AIO for the first time explaining the benefits and now both have added AIO to their purchase lists. There is a MASSIVE opportunity out there for you to talk to your customers about All-in-One.  Even if they’re not desktop customers it’s a great way to get your foot in the door. “Hey, have you ever seen one of these before?” and even if they aren’t 100% convinced then it gives you a chance for other selling opportunities. Here’s what you’ll need to know: More Room for Work All-in-One saves about 70% space compared to a traditional tower and monitor, giving a workspace some room to breathe.  Education and healthcare customers love AIOs for labs and nursing stations that are often small and cluttered with paperwork.  From call centers to start-ups; any customer with...

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Paul J. Scaini is the segment manager for Lenovo’s new ThinkCentre Edge product line, helping SMBs look good while they work hard and play hard. In this post he discusses the ThinkCentre Edge 91z all-in-one desktop. My favorite quote: “You know the difference between you and me? I make this look GOOD.” -Will Smith Men in Black Big Willie knows what he’s talking about; in today’s competitive, modern world sometimes it’s not enough to do your job or run your business well. There is a ton of competition out there just as hungry and working just as hard as you are. At that point, what is the key differentiator between those who habitually succeed and those who don’t? It’s style; it’s swagger; it’s the ability to catch and keep attention; the confidence that comes from looking good and knowing it. I know some of you might comment below and say stuff like: “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” and “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.” Anyone who works in the multi-billion dollar fashion or cosmetic industries will call your bluff. You can find thousands of examples where looks matter, even in nature. Take for example a peacock or tropical fish whose genetic survival depends on their ability to look good. I’m sure even Charles Darwin would agree with me here.

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As holiday shoppers pile into malls and jump online this season to cross gifts off their lists, Paul Scaini, member of the ThinkCentre desktop team, compiled his own list – a checklist of when to ditch that old PC and put a new one under the tree or in the office. Typically, our large business customers have a plan to regularly (usually every 3-5 years) upgrade their PCs. On the other hand, our small-to-medium business customers are less formal. Some keep their PCs current with the latest models while others hold on to their existing PCs as long as humanly possible. If you’re not sure whether it’s time to check your desktop into a retirement home, here are the top 10 signs your business needs new PCs. 10. Your PC makes weird sounds when it boots up. Beeps, creeks, clicks, humming or any other noises aren’t normal. You can try and listen to figure out how significant it is, but whether it’s a noisy fan or a clicking hard drive, it could be a sign of big trouble and you could risk losing your data. 9. Your hard drives are still using PATA Connectors. Seriously, PATA Connectors are two generations old. With SATA III coming soon you’re putting yourself at serious risk of a hard drive failure. 8. You don’t have the minimum specifications required for a Windows 7 upgrade. Microsoft...

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Two of Paul Scaini's passions are desktop computing and photography. As part of the ThinkCentre desktop team based in Beijing, in this post he looks through the lens at the future of desktop computing. Since I started as a commercial desktop product manager at Lenovo, I’ve received some razzing remarks about my product portfolio from friends, family and some of my laptop PC colleagues.  “You know you’re in a commodity business, right?”  “Desktops are a ‘sunset’ business.” “They still make desktop computers?”  Needless to say, I’ve gotten a lot of experience educating people as to why desktops are here to stay. Laptop form factors have changed much more than desktops – they’ve been getting slimmer, lighter and more powerful every year – and that’s brought them the majority of attention. By comparison, the traditional desktop tower looks basically the same as it did when 486 chips were cool. However, the ThinkCentre brand’s first All-in-One (AIO) form factor (the A70z) has brought some new excitement among customers about desktops. Here are five reasons why desktops are here to stay: 1. Price: Simple fact: desktops are less expensive than their laptop cousins. Desktops still dominate the lower price bands. This is important to all companies, especially in emerging markets where the volume of desktops is higher and has a much higher growth...

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