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Guest blog by Stephen Miller, Lenovo Ambassador and SMB champion In many ways, there have never been better opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses to grow. Globalization means potential customers don’t have to live near a company’s facilities or even within the same country. Fewer market barriers and better communication options mean it is easier than ever to reach a worldwide audience, collaborate with far-flung co-workers and generally expand the boundaries of the business. The rise of social media has helped bring customers closer, while opening new marketing opportunities. Social platforms allow businesses to be more targeted and effective in their communications, and enable SMBs to interact directly and immediately with customers. At the same time, smart connected devices like tablets and smartphones make social media interactions easier than ever. Expensive office space is no longer an absolute requirement. The growth of smart devices and cloud computing enables employees to run business applications and access work-related files anytime, anywhere. Today it is possible for remote workers to be productive virtually anywhere in the world. The big question is, “How do SMBs take best advantage of the highly-connected mobile workforce and the ability to interact with customers in an instant?” One answer is to leverage 3 emerging technologies that are fast becoming must-haves for today’s successful SMBs....

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ThinkCentre Edge 92z

ThinkCentre Edge 92z

Why should you consider All-In-Ones? Pooja Sathe, ThinkCentre Product Manager From traditional towers to ultra small form factors, we have seen desktops evolve in technology, performance and design. Last year Lenovo introduced the industry’s first 1 L commercial desktop - the ThinkCentre Tiny. This unique form factor is designed to fit into places where traditional desktops never had a chance - on the wall, behind the monitor and under the desk. The whole idea of introducing this paradigm product is to provide a space efficient design without compromising commercial desktop performance. As business demand and aesthetics limit overall product footprint in the desktop segment, the most important product to consider is All-In-Ones (AIO). All-In-Ones are still considered a niche product. IDC data suggests that NA AIO market size will be 2.15 million/year in 2013 and 2014. This is a significant and almost 15% of the total desktop market size. According to this data, the commercial AIO market is showing a rapid growth of 13.1% year over year whereas the traditional desktop market is declining. To continue with this growth trajectory, it is important to address the apprehensions customers have about the AIO’s performance, maintenance and expandability. In the next few paragraphs, we will explore why AlO systems are a great option for desktop users and give examples of ThinkCentre This will be done for two reasons: First, Lenovo is ranked #1 in WW...

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Turk Pipkin and his education and action nonprofit organization, The Nobelity Project, tackles pressing global issues such as hunger, climate change, and war and peace through powerful documentary films. One issue close to his heart is the education of children in Africa, and recently Pipkin was instrumental in building a computer lab for students in Kenya ("Bringing Education to the World, One Country at a Time"). While in awe of his activism, we were also mesmerized by Pipkin’s multifaceted Do spirit. Pipkin is a respected author of 10 books, a TV writer, and a former stand-up comedian and entertainer (“The Sopranos” fans may recognize Pipkin as Aaron Arkaway, the narcoleptic boyfriend of Tony Soprano’s sister, Janice).  Pipkin reveals how his past and present has connected to provide technology, inspiration and hope to children. How did the Nobelity Project collaboration with AMD and Lenovo form? The collaboration came from some great people at AMD, specifically the efforts of Bart Arnold, and Cory Grenier at Lenovo. One of our favorite new computer labs is at Kabiruini Girls Secondary School. The 200-plus students have new Lenovo ThinkCentres and Thinkpads with AMD technology. These are some happy and creative students, and their grades have gone...

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It happens every day.  A customer calls into our help centers and finds out that his system needs a repair that is not covered by warranty.  Perhaps the warranty has expired.  Perhaps the system sustained accidental damage and was not covered under our Accidental Damage Protection Service. In any case, the customer is faced with buying a replacement part and is told how much that part + labor (if Lenovo is performing the work) will cost.  The next reaction is predictable and follow’s Kubler-Ross’ famous five steps. You must have put the wrong part number in.  Check again. Why does this part cost so much?  You guys are ripping me off Please oh please make an exception for me! I should have never bought this crummy model Fine.  Take my credit card and send me the part. While we can’t act as your psychiatrist, we can at least help you understand why spare parts may cost more than something generic you can find on Amazon.  When you buy parts from Lenovo, you’re buying an original, genuine part that has been regression tested with your particular model of machine.  This testing is performed during our initial development and continues through the life of the system as we receive warranty parts back and test for ongoing defects.  We guarantee that the replacement part you...

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Gregory Boyd is an internal marketing consultant at Lenovo. He is also a professional photographer, which may give you some insight into why he so loves the visual aspect of Dual Independent Display. Dual Independent Display (DiD) allows me to connect two screens to one computer, which is important for visual artists. A common misconception is that if you replace your old desktop PC with a new all-in-one (AIO) like the ThinkCentre Edge 91z, you lose your old monitor too. But actually ThinkCentre AIOs enable your existing monitor to become a secondary screen.  This means I can use my old ThinkVision monitor or other VGA compatible monitor for new work! If you’re at all like me, your desktop is cluttered with your day’s work and you are likely running several applications at once. Even on a big monitor I run out of viewing space. I’m editing photos, reading email, backing up data, chatting online, checking the news, and listening to music at the same time, and I need to be able to see all of these with just one glance. When I recently upgraded my PC I was left with a perfectly good monitor that I had been using with my previous desktop. I hooked it up to my...

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