On May 15th at noon Eastern Time, Ziff-Davis is sponsoring a 45-minute eSeminar about on-demand data protection. The e-mail invite reads:
Join us to hear Doug Chandler, IDC Program Director, Storage Software and Services, reveal the latest findings and trends, showing why use of on-demand data protection is growing in the SMB market, why software-as-a-service has become the preferred data protection strategy for more and more emerging businesses, and how your business can take advantage of this option now.
I’ll probably register, and I might even manage to attend. Which means I’ll get a follow-up phone call from Arsenal Digital, and will be disappointing yet another friendly salesperson with hopes of getting me to purchase a solution aimed at far bigger businesses than mine. (The govenrment’s definition of “small business” is a bit different from that of ordinary humans.) I’ve lost track of the number of people to whom I’ve had to say “I was just researching this so I could write about it in my backup column” when they call after I download a white paper or sign up for a teleseminar.
It’s too bad ZDNet’s registration page doesn’t include “Press” (or “Blogger,” or “Student”) among the possible job titles for attendees. “Other” isn’t really very helpful to companies in determining whether it’s worth making a phone call to try to close a sale.