SMALL BIZ LEADS BIG BIZ IN WI-FI: Fifty-seven percent of U.S. companies support Wi-Fi wireless networks and another 22 percent plan to implement and support them in the next year, reported Internet business analysts Jupiter Research, of New York.

Among small businesses with less than $10 million in annual revenue, 83 percent support Wi-Fi’s 802.11 networks framework or plan to in the coming year. That compares to 71 percent among businesses that generates $100 million or more in annual revenue, Jupiter said in its report, “Wi-Fi Deployments: Are Enterprises Ready Despite Evolving Standards?”

EFFICIENCY NEEDS FEED SLIGHT IT SPENDING HIKE: Business spending on information technology will increase this year, albeit not dramatically, fueled by companies’ desires to be more competitive, says Information Data Corp.

The Framingham, Mass., analyst’s latest research of North American businesses projects average IT budget growth of 3.2 percent this year. Much of the investment will go to efficiency improvement tools, such as customer relationship management systems, and to vertical industry solutions that help businesses exploit specific market opportunities, IDC said.

Its full report “Enterprise Technology Trends,” can be purchased by calling IDC’s sales hotline at (508) 988-7988, or e-mailing sales@idc.com.

ACCOUNTING VAR NET@WORK ENTERS DOC MANAGEMENT: Net@Work, a New York-based accounting software reseller, and network and electronic commerce systems specialist, has expanded into document management by launching a 10-person “sister” company, Docutrend Imaging Systems.

Docutrend, which sells and supports document imaging, printer, fax, copier and scanner systems, is headed by Aaron Rubin, former sales vice president with Atlantic Business Products, a $32 million document imaging company. The new unit is handling products from vendors that include Lagato Systems Inc., Digitech and Sharp.

Net@Work co-founder Alex Solomon said that the new venture is a natural extension of his company’s existing network development services. His strategy includes integrating document management systems with accounting software packages.

NETWORK ASSOCIATES UNVEILS ANTI-SPAM FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: Network Associates, the developer of McAfee anti-virus software, has introduced enterprise spam-blocking software for small and midsized businesses.

McAfee SpamKiller, which provides four levels of defense against unwanted e-mail, is designed for Microsoft Exchange 2000 servers with less than 250 mailboxes, according to Network Associates’ McAfee Security division. The product, which has a 95 percent success rate, is powered by the vendor’s Spam-Assassin technology. The software scans incoming e-mail by using more than 600 pre-defined rules to detect and then quarantine spam. For more details, visit www.mcafeesecurity.com/products/spamkiller.

ALLIANCE SET FOR MAS 500-RADIO BEACON LINK: Warehouse management software vendor Radio Beacon has entered into a marketing alliance with BHE Consulting, a Best Software reseller, to develop and market technology that integrates Radio Beacon’s software with Best’s MAS 500 accounting/enterprise software package.

BHE, based in Weymouth, Mass., will manage the integration between the two products and “provide technical support to ensure a seamless user experience,” the companies said.

Radio Beacon’s warehouse management software also is available with links to several other popular middle-market accounting/enterprise applications, including Softline AccountMate, the Navision, Solomon and Great Plains lines from Microsoft Business Solutions, products from Accpac International, and Best’s MAS 90 and 200.

- Compiled by John Covaleski

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