About the author

Shannon Belew has worked with SMBs for more than 20 years and specializes in online marketing, particularly for businesses in the technology, retail, defense/government, and telecom industries (including Digium). She regularly writes about business and technology trends, and is the author of "Starting an Online Business For Dummies, All-in-One" (Wiley Publishing). Follow her on Twitter @ShannonBelew for the latest tech trends and news, including VoIP, mobility and Unified Communications.

IT Spending Hits $3.8 Trillion! No Fooling, but Where is Value for SMBs?

With the first quarter of 2013 officially behind us, businesses of all sizes are  pausing to evaluate their plans for the rest of the year. If you are like most SMBs, you are paying particular attention to whether or not your budget is on track. One area of spending that may need to be adjusted is in how much is being slotted for technology investments. According to an updated forecast from analysts with Gartner, Inc., worldwide IT spending is projected to reach $3.8 trillion this year – an increase of just over 4 percent from 2012. Even if your … Continued

Ask the Expert: Special tax incentives for small business phone system savings

It’s no secret that businesses of all sizes want (and need) to get the most for their money, especially when investing in new equipment. Identifying savings opportunities is both a smart financial business strategy and an easy way to stretch a project’s budget. There are lots of ways to do this, but there is one savings opportunity in particular that we want to bring to your attention. It’s one that often gets overlooked, yet holds potential for substantial savings. Important to note – it also has limited availability and is set to expire at the end of 2011 (believe … Continued

A major award from Frost and Sullivan… now, take your pick!

It’s been a busy week at Digum. The recent release of Switchvox version 5.0 has kept folks buzzing about our enhanced mobility/ FMC feature. Check out what eWeek and Information Week had to say about it! Not to mention, we’ve barely had time to catch our breath and start gearing up for the 2011 AstriCon event – it’s certain to be a can’t miss event, so hope you’re making plans to attend.

We have managed to have some fun this week and even picked up a few kudos along the way.  In fact, we had a couple of folks in … Continued

Digium Partners Helping Communities

It’s no secret that Digium has a tremendous number of dedicated customers and partners who are willing to step up and lend a helping hand. That’s certainly one of the advantages of having a successful, innovative business – you are sometimes in a better position to help others when the opportunity presents itself.

Most recently, one of our partners, Scott Pell from SystemsN and API Digital, was able to assist organizations in North Alabama with their communications networks during an extended power outage – a result of the severe outbreak of tornadoes that hit several states across the southeast … Continued

AstriCon Flashback: Watch, comment and win.

AstriCon flashback: are you in this video?

It’s time to reach back into our video vault. Since we just announced that beautiful Denver, Colorado will host AstriCon 2011, we thought it would be fun to revisit AstriCon 2010!  Ah, memories. If you attended last year’s event, you know what we mean when we say, “You’ve got to be there! It’s a can’t miss event!” In fact, take a look at this video and see if you can spot yourself – or someone you know.

Just for fun, after you watch the video leave a comment on this blog telling Continued