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March 19, 2013
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  • Tech titans eye SoftLayer and its SMB cloud-services base
    IBM and EMC are among the potential buyers for cloud-services firm SoftLayer, and such a deal would have benefits for either of the two larger firms, analyst Charles King said. "Both IBM and EMC have detailed plans to build out cloud-services infrastructures, so a SoftLayer acquisition could help get such efforts up and running quickly and profitably," he said. NewsFactor Network (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

  Cloud Computing 
 
  • Analysis: More CIOs take a wait-and-see approach to the cloud
    Technology executives are becoming increasingly discerning about how and when they adopt hosted technologies and what they expect to get out of them, says Mark Tonsetic of CEB. Tonsetic and his colleagues polled 45 CIOs and found a growing minority are beginning to look pragmatically at the business implications of complex private-cloud arrangements, with some CIOs suggesting they plan to delay further investments until public-cloud technology matures. InformationWeek (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Huginn scours the Web so you don't have to, keeps data secure
    An open-source software tool, Huginn, operates like Yahoo Pipes and offers the additional security of running on a user's server, Klint Finley writes. How Huginn differs from other Web services is that it allows developers to create custom agents and manage their own data, he notes. As Huginn creator Andrew Cantino says, "[Yahoo] Pipes isn't really being maintained. If This Then That seems to be doing well, but I don't really know if it's going to stick around. Ultimately, I don't control the data." Wired.com (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Mobile & Wireless 
 
  • Mobile app measures user's pulse
    Fujitsu Laboratories says it has designed software that works on tablets or smartphones and is capable of examining the hemoglobin in a person's face and measuring the user's pulse. "Even at a busy workplace, or any time a person is sitting in front of a PC, whether for teleconferencing or writing e-mails, their pulse can be measured during brief moments of quiet," a company statement says. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

  Security & Privacy 
 
  • IBM exec: How utilities can secure Big Data, mobile, cloud tech
    IBM's Andy Bochman reviews the utility industry's security issues for Big Data, cloud computing and mobile technology in this article. He concludes, "In all three of these categories, the particular energy sector mandate, whether from the perspective of a utility or a supplier to utilities, is clear. As before, be conservative and be careful. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, applying the core values of reliability and safety to these new technologies will do much to promote the precious attribute utilities now care about more than ever: the trust of customers." Greentech Media (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Whitepaper: SDN: How do you get there from here?
Are the growing data needs of mobile, cloud, big data and social threatening today's enterprise networks? Scalable processes, a phased integration approach and the appetite to optimize over time are key components of a modern network. It's how agile organizations prepare for the data needs of tomorrow.
Explore the whitepaper to start down the path toward SDN.

  Government IT 
 
  • Another patent case for Intellectual Ventures and Symantec
    A federal lawsuit by Intellectual Ventures accuses Symantec of infringing on three patents. The firm previously sued Symantec and other companies in 2010. IV's Melissa Finocchio said in a statement that "We have been unable to reach an agreement with Symantec, and, in addition to their infringement of software security patents, we determined the company's server and storage management products also infringe IV patents." Symantec offered no comment on the suit. CNET (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lawmakers take up Affordable Care Act's tech implications
    Lawmakers will consider plans to regulate certain mobile devices and applications during three days of hearings this week on Capitol Hill to discuss the parameters of the Affordable Care Act. Technologies that are marketed for medical uses will be subject to regulation by the Food and Drug Administration and could be subject to a device tax under the law. Opponents say the restrictions could stall innovation. Computerworld (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

  SIIA News 
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  • Webinar: Mobile WILL Transform Your Finance Operation -- Are You Ready?
    Cloud-based financial applications are helping businesses streamline the process of paying bills, projecting cash flow and conducting business transactions. It is no secret that companies are taking the next step to deliver these solutions via mobile devices in order to help executives manage their businesses -- anytime and anywhere. Register for this complimentary webinar, and join SIIA members Saugatuck Technology and Bill.com as they explore the need for and the role of mobile financial management. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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