5 Technology Observations: 17 August 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news insights, updates, perspectives, gossip, chatter and plenty more to start your day for Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves eight items to sip on.

8. iPad for Business Push: Apple's tablet-for-business effort is pushing beyond the IBM relationship and now includes 21 key iPad for business relationships, according to The Wall Street Journal. Keep an eye on VMware's AirWatch and ServiceMax, in particular.

7. Expensive Chromebooks: You already know about low-cost Chromebooks -- which offer cloud-based applications linked to a basic laptop. Now, Dell has launched Chromebook 13 -- a $900 device that will compete with Google's own top-line Pixel offering. Dell's high-end model features a Gorilla Glass touchscreen, VPN support and the ability to run virtual versions of Windows applications... Watch for it to ship sometime in Sept.

6. Small Business Company Sales: Sales of small businesses are up 60 percent since 2012, with retiring baby boomers driving the momentum, according to TulsaWorld and BizBuySell.com. So, who's buying all of those small businesses? About 20 percent of the deals involve employees who want to become owners, according to TulsaWorld. Hmmm...

5. HP Earnings: Hewlett-Packard is expected to disclose Q3 2015 earnings on Thursday, Aug. 20. The results will arrive only a few days after HP announced the board leaders who will oversee Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. once the organization splits into two companies later this year. Among the items we'll be watching for Q3 earnings: Can HP actually grow its software and SaaS businesses, which have been lagging in recent quarters?

4. Fresh Funding: Clear Software (Zionsville, Indiana), which makes GUI enhancement software for enterprise applications like SAP, raised $1 million led by Elevate Ventures.

3. Big Data Conference: Still trying to figure out if or how NoSQL and Hadoop can play roles in your big data strategy? This week's NoSQL Now conference should generate plenty of buzz. For ongoing coverage, keep an eye on Information Management.

2. Small Business Security Deadline: Roughly half of small businesses aren't familiar with an Oct. 1 deadline that calls for EMV-compliant payment card readers and software, according to BizTech Magazine. The EMV standard helps to boost credit card security. Small businesses that don't install the systems could be help liable if/when hackers compromise existing systems.

1. One Last Trip: I'm mulling one last Summer 2015 getaway before September arrives. Possible destinations include an encore at Knoebels or perhaps a stop at Lake Compounce -- assuming the Boulder Dash roller coaster has been repaired following a recent lightning strike... 

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