AT&T offers Microsoft Office 365
AT&T is offering small business customers the ability to use Microsoft Office 365, which features cloud-based services that allow access to office software via smartphones and tablets. According to the 2012 AT&T Small Business Tech Poll, half of small businesses expect to have all their employees using wireless technology to work remotely by the end of this year. Microsoft Office 365 features cloud-based tools designed to enhance productivity at a predictable monthly cost while providing security and access to the common business tools such as email and calendar sharing with Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other popular Microsoft Office productivity tools.
Analytics program gets upgrade
TULSA — Armada Consulting has released Acumen 2.0, an upgrade to its popular Acumen cost analytics software. The upgrade is designed to deliver improved performance management by rapidly delivering strategic cost management to the Tulsa company's clients. The software aims to deliver an improved user interface that allows users to model costs in less time. The software also includes an improved calculation engine that can process cost fact data up to 10 times faster than previous versions. “Costs should be the most controllable part of the profit equation,” Armada CEO Scott Wise said. “Using Acumen 2.0, our clients can accelerate their strategic cost management initiatives and respond quickly to changes in the economic environment to optimize profitability.”
Google channels taking shape
NEW YORK — When Google announced its plans to fund some 100 new channels of original programming on YouTube, many expected a transformation in television. Google had disrupted other industries and TV appeared to be next in line. The YouTube channels were trumpeted as the next iteration in television: Just as a handful of networks begot a few hundred cable channels, YouTube would now foster the birth of thousands of channels online. Though a year later, such a cultural sea change isn't palpable. YouTube's developing platform of original programming is gradually taking shape, building steadily into an enormous, global video ecosystem.
Best Buy names new CFO
NEW YORK — Consumer electronics chain Best Buy says a former Williams-Sonoma executive will become its new chief financial officer beginning Dec. 10. It's the latest executive move for the Minneapolis company since turnaround expert Hubert Joly joined as CEO in August. Best Buy is trying to reverse a decline in its business due to a weak global economy and tough competition from online stores. Fifty-year-old Sharon McCollam had been chief operating officer and chief financial officer at the home goods retailer before retiring. She will also take the title of chief administrative officer. Best Buy Co. shares rose 3.1 percent to $15.77 in morning trading.
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