iPhone 5, not yet for me

An avid fan of Apple products, I am holding off on upgrading my 4S.

While many of the features seem nice, especially the faster network downloads, there are only minor feature upgrades for the most part.

I am about halfway through the Steve Jobs biography written by Walter Isaacson. [By the way, it’s an excellent read.] I wonder whether Jobs would have continued to allow the introduction of each with so few real advances, Where is the innovation?

Nevertheless, Apple announced that they sold 2 million phones on the first day! Using an average selling price of $600 each, that’s $1.2 billion USD! Perhaps not a bad business decision. No wonder the computer manufacturers are hurting. Each smartphone drains the need for traditional laptops and their siblings.
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Steve Bodnar leaves Autodesk for Kenesto

Stephen Bodnar joins Kenesto as Vice President, Products and Marketing

—See ‘My Take’ below—

WALTHAM, MA–(Marketwire – Sep 18, 2012) – Kenesto Corp., provider of cloud-based Social Process Management solutions today announced that Stephen Bodnar has joined the company as Vice President of Products and Marketing.

“We are very pleased to have Stephen join our team. As the demand for cloud-based business solutions continues to grow, Kenesto’s Social Process Management solution is gaining increased market traction,” said Kenesto’s CEO Michael Payne. “We are excited to begin a significant growth phase under Stephen’s marketing and products leadership.”

“I am extremely excited by the opportunity to join the Kenesto team,” said Mr. Bodnar. “Companies in industries such as manufacturing, architecture, engineering, and others are increasingly looking to leverage cloud, social, and mobile technologies to improve productivity. By automating day-to-day business processes such as managing Change Orders, managing Engineering Change Requests (ECR), and communicating bid proposals, Kenesto enables our customers to increase agility, responsiveness, and productivity across the value chain.”

Mr. Bodnar comes to Kenesto with a 24-year career in B2B technology development and marketing. Prior to joining Kenesto, he served as the Vice President of Product Data Management (PDM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) at Autodesk, Inc., where he led the growth of Autodesk’s Vault PDM business by 15x over four years. Most recently, Mr. Bodnar oversaw the launch of Autodesk into the discrete PLM market with the introduction of the cloud-native PLM 360 solution.

Mr. Bodnar began his career serving Chrysler Corporation in its Engineering and CAD/CAM/CAE groups. After eight years with Chrysler, Mr. Bodnar joined Control Data System’s Manufacturing/PDM division where he served as a sales engineer, product architect, and product manager for Control Data’s PDM solutions: EDL and Metaphase.

Mr. Bodnar later helped create Auxilium, Inc., a software company that pioneered the creation of composite web applications which connected to a variety of back-end systems, including most established ERP and mainframe solutions. After Auxilium’s acquisition by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), Mr. Bodnar joined PTC as Director of Product Marketing for the Windchill solutions group. Mr. Bodnar later re-joined the Metaphase team after it had been acquired by Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC) as the Vice President of SDRC’s Collaborative Solutions Group. After SDRC’s acquisition by Electronic Data Systems, Mr. Bodnar joined MSC Software Corporation, a leading provider of structural, thermal and multi-body dynamics engineering analysis solutions, where he served as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management.

To learn more about Kenesto, download An Introduction to Kenesto at http://www.kenesto.com/intro.

About Kenesto
Kenesto (www.kenesto.com) is a cloud-based Social Process Management tool which empowers people and teams to automate business processes across the value chain. By automating day-to-day business processes such as issuing Requests for Quotes (RFQ), managing Engineering Change Requests (ECR), and generating quotes & bid proposals, Kenesto enables manufacturing, architectural, engineering, and construction companies to expedite responsiveness to customers, increase productivity of internal resources, and better manage supply chain partners.

Contact:
Stephen Bodnar
steve@kenesto.com

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My take:

I know that Kenesto has been looking to fill this slot for some time. While I have not yet spoken to Bodnar, it seems that the turmoil at Autodesk and the attraction of a startup run by Mike Payne were enough to convince him.

Bodnar’s role at Kenesto should enable Kenesto to reach the next level of success.

Readers might also want to read our previous blog on Kenesto.

BUFFALO MiniStation Leads Thunderbolt Storage Sales

NPD Reporting Recognizes BUFFALO MiniStation Thunderbolt as Most Purchased Thunderbolt Storage Product
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My take: Thunderbolt provides a super fast external connection – a speedy 10GBS. Similar to how USB devices connect, Thunderbolt has the added capability for daisy chaining devices and is ideal for graphics displays and external drives. Gone are the clunky fat cables needed for displays and no more waiting for external drives to spew their data through skinny pipes. Originally offered on the latest Apple computers, it’s now becoming more available. For a long time devices supporting this were not common and very pricey. Buffalo’s drives now offer this capability at modest prices. Hmm, I wonder about device reliability.
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AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced impressive sales results for its new portable Thunderbolt™ storage solution in the first full month of sales. In August 2012, the MiniStation™ Thunderbolt Portable Hard Drive outsold all other Thunderbolt technology enabled desktop and portable storage devices in the U.S. retail channel, according to the monthly hard drive tracking service from the NPD Group.

The MiniStation Thunderbolt, announced in mid-June 2012, is the world’s first portable Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 dual-interface external hard drive. Featuring the revolutionary Thunderbolt technology for unparalleled transfer speeds and a USB 3.0 port for universal connectivity, the MiniStation Thunderbolt offers easy plug-and-play storage, ideal for Mac® and PC users seeking the fastest interface speeds available while preserving compatibility with existing USB devices, including USB 2.0. Since its launch, the MiniStation Thunderbolt has received high praise from industry publications and end-users alike, citing great performance, high quality materials and ultimate device compatibility with its appealing dual-interface design.

“In its second month, after only one full month of sales, the MiniStation Thunderbolt has superseded the competition, placing Buffalo at the pinnacle of the fast-growing Thunderbolt storage market,” said Matthew Dargis, vice president of North American sales at Buffalo Technology. “The successful launch of MiniStation Thunderbolt demonstrates Buffalo’s continued ability and desire to innovate world-first technology, and the market has ardently responded to this innovation.”

The MiniStation Thunderbolt is a complete portable Thunderbolt storage solution, uniquely supplied with all cables and components, including a Thunderbolt cable, most often sold separately from other Thunderbolt storage solutions. Simply plug the device in to any available Thunderbolt or USB port on your Mac or PC and securely store files to take on the road.

Delivering maximum interface speeds and universal connectivity, the MiniStation Thunderbolt Portable Hard Drive is the first to couple the ubiquitous 5 Gbps SuperSpeed USB technology for legacy support with the lightning fast 10 Gbps Thunderbolt technology. This dynamic combination and ample storage capacities make it perfect for those who manage large files such as creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts.

Pricing and Availability
Buffalo’s MiniStation Thunderbolt, available now for $179.99 for the 500 GB (HD-PA500TU3) and $229.99 for the 1 TB (HD-PA1.0TU3), is backed by a limited three-year warranty that includes toll-free 24/7 technical support. Buffalo products can be purchased through distributors, online resellers and Buffalo’s website. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit the company’s website at http://www.buffalotech.com.

About Buffalo Technology
Buffalo Technology (USA), Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is a leading provider of award-winning networking, storage, and multimedia solutions for the home and small business environments as well as for system builders and integrators. With almost three decades of networking and computer peripheral experience, Buffalo has proven its commitment to delivering innovative, best-of-breed solutions that have put the company at the forefront of infrastructure technology. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit http://www.buffalotech.com.

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SOURCE Buffalo Technology

CONTACT: Lori Zielinski, Nereus for Buffalo Technology, +1.503.459.9150, lzielinski@nereus-worldwide.com

Web Site: http://www.buffalotech.com