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October 19, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Cloud services emerging as a vibrant outsourcing market
    Cloud services work is set to be a vibrant outsourcing opportunity for resellers and providers, with signed contracts for cloud-related work increasing 120% in the third quarter, compared with 2011 figures, a survey finds. What's not growing as fast are software-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service offerings, experts note. "SaaS is more narrow, and we're seeing units outside of central IT lead the drive to evaluate and purchase. IaaS is broader and is IT-led. We do not see as much growth here because IT functions are preferring to play it safe and stick with more modernized and standardized infrastructures," said Stanton Jones, an analyst with International Services Group. CIO.com (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • IBM chooses Hadoop to spearhead new security push
    IBM announced it is rolling out a suite of security software and services based on the open-source Hadoop framework. InfoSphere Guardium v9 for Hadoop represents an aggressive push into the security segment by Big Blue and offers real-time monitoring, automatic compliance and data privacy reporting, this article notes. The Register (U.K.) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Recent graduates greeted by thousands of unfilled cybersecurity jobs
    The hiring market for those with skills in cybersecurity technologies and services will continue to expand, as businesses and government groups alike spend more on the area, presenting a world of opportunities for new college graduates, said industry representatives at a recent event hosted by CyberMaryland. Rick Geritz, the group's chairman, said parents and students need to be aware of the opportunities that await them in Maryland, which has 19,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs. The Baltimore Sun (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Microsoft posts double-digit profit loss ahead of Windows 8 release
    Microsoft reported net income of $4.47 billion for its first fiscal quarter, a decline of 22% compared with the same period last year and a reflection of an overall slump in the global PC market. The software giant said revenues for its flagship Windows operating system decreased by 33%, in part because of the company's decision to defer revenue related to its coming Windows 8 release. "Microsoft hopes that Windows 8 and other new releases are going to lead the company to greater success than they've had in recent years in markets where they're not players yet, like touch tablets and smartphones," said Gartner senior analyst David Smith. USA TODAY (10/18), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Mobile skills in big demand in U.S., U.K. IT job markets
    A survey finds 75% of U.S. and U.K. companies are in the market to hire mobile tech gurus and 29% are looking to hire mobile strategists. The survey of human resources officials at 600 companies comes from Antenna, a mobile services software company. "As mobile matures, we expect to see a greater number of businesses expand their mobile teams and identify a mobile strategist to lead the way and ensure long-term success," said Jim Somers, Antenna's chief marketing and strategy officer. Computerworld UK (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • FTC seeks public support in war against robo-calls
    Techies are being encouraged to use their skills to take aim at robo-calls under a new Federal Trade Commission program that is seeking public support to put an end to an annoying and often illegal practice. The agency is offering a reward of $50,000 for the first person or team to develop a solution for disrupting the automated sales calls. Under the terms of the competition, which runs through Jan. 17, the FTC will present participants with basic data about calls made between June 2008 and September 2012, with occasional updates of more recent data to follow. TG Daily (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Editor's Note 
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SmartQuote 
It's no longer like drinking from a firehose. It's like drinking from the ocean."
--John Slye, a federal industry research analyst with GovWin, commenting on the raft of data confronting information security specialists, as quoted by The Baltimore Sun
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