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December 26, 2012
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  • Are private clouds the way to go in financial services?
    Public-cloud services generally are shunned by financial-services companies, but Barb Darrow writes that Amazon Web Services is hoping to break through with a Virtual Private Cloud. "You have to overcome a lot of resistance from regulated industries before moving their stuff to the public cloud. ... You'll have a hard time with your auditors in the short term if you go to public cloud," says State Street's chief information officer, Chris Perretta. GigaOm (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • How business-software developers can take a cue from games
    The popularity of games on social networks is having an influence on the enterprise software market, Joab Jackson writes. Games are great at setting goals for users and giving incentives for users to accomplish them. By bringing game aspects to business applications, "you are awarding the behavior you want to see people doing," Deloitte's Tom Richardson says. News Service (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google Apps keeps the pressure on Microsoft Office
    Google has attracted Hoffmann-La Roche, the U.S. Interior Department and other enterprises to use its Google Apps software that competes with Microsoft Office packages. Google charges $50 per user per year for its online business applications. "Its 'good enough' product has become pretty good. It looks like 2013 is going to be the year for content and collaboration in the cloud," says IDC analyst Melissa Webster. Google's Amit Singh says 2012 "was the year where we broke the barrier and got large-scale customer adoption." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/25) , All Things D (12/24)
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  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Why Google may lead the way in app-search technology
    Google may prevail in providing technology for searches of online-application stores, Sarah Perez writes. Nielsen data indicate that most app searches via mobile devices are done using app-store search functions, not the Web. "On mobile, the battle will eventually play out between the two giants -– Apple and Google -- for the better app search offering," Perez writes. TechCrunch (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health care apps may make major clinical strides in 2013
    Consumers, who have been reluctant to download mobile-health applications other than those focused on fitness and weight, might reach for more clinical apps in 2013 as the range of monitoring and disease management software broadens, Ki Mae Heussner writes. Regulatory changes are also expected to encourage the growth in clinical software, industry analysts say. GigaOm (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Why data breaches happen -- and how you can prevent them
    The lack of centralized control and absence of proper management tools are among the leading reasons why significant data breaches occur and show what should be done about them, writes Ashvin Kamaraju of Vormetric. Not having a single standard for IT security is also a problem, he notes. "Deploying a centralized enterprise security management strategy ... will help prevent data security breakdowns that lead to breaches and costly public disclosures," he writes. Network World (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government IT 
  • Piracy, IP rules aren't major agenda items for lawmakers
    Lawmakers are unlikely to do much about online piracy or protecting intellectual property because most are still stunned by the public pushback on two bills proposed in the past two years, Grant Gross writes. "That was an avalanche they've never seen," said Ed Black, CEO of the Computer and Communications Industry Association. "They're going to tiptoe in this area very carefully." Computerworld/IDG News Service (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Critical success factors for an enterprise mobile strategy
    Organizations must fully develop an enterprise mobile strategy that considers both employee and customer facing aspects of today's continually expanding use of mobile technologies. It is important to consider the customer experience as they launch new products, services, and applications. Listen to this pre-recorded webcast featuring Grant Thornton as they share their experience of working with a broad array of companies highlighting the leading practices and some of the pitfalls that companies should guard against. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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