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November 28, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Critics call for regulatory reform at FCC to promote competition
    The Federal Communications Commission is stifling broadband expansion in the U.S., according to critics who say the agency needs to relax its regulatory regime and focus more on network growth than universal access. Critics such as Robert Litan, Bloomberg Government's director of research, say the FCC maintains an antiquated approach to oversight that undermines the growth of converged technologies and hinders competition. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • IaaS-Plus may spark enterprise cloud-computing evolution
    The boundaries that divide cloud computing into defined service segments -- such as software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service -- will eventually evolve into a single, comprehensive platform encompassing a multitude of applications and processes, according to an analysis by Forrester Research. Early evidence of this transition can be seen in the emergence of IaaS-Plus, a new model for cloud platforms pioneered by Amazon Web Services that offers enterprises more flexibility than PaaS. Computerworld UK/App Dev & Programme Management blog (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Cost not an indicator of effectiveness in security software
    Enterprises are wasting their money on ineffective antivirus software that almost universally fails to recognize new malware, according to a report from Imperva. The security firm tested 40 different antivirus products and found that not a single one was able to detect one of 82 new malware files, and even the best software needed weeks to get up to date. The company found the two most effective products were the free solutions Avast and Emisoft, indicating it's possible to have robust security without breaking the bank. Techworld (U.K.) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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Tech Business 
  • Why providers need to connect with client CIOs and CFOs
    Chief financial officers are playing a more strategic business role and having more input on IT decision-making, with greater focus on spend and return on investment. According to a survey by Gartner and the Financial Executives Research Foundation, 48% of those polled said IT investment approvals were done by the CFO or were a collaborative effort between CFOs and chief information officers. That's why partners and resellers need to establish a relationship with both business leaders, according to this article. The VAR Guy (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Gamification is overhyped and poorly understood, analysts say
    More companies are looking to the gaming community as a model for application development, but thanks to a lack of insight into how the mechanics of gamification relate to business goals, few are finding success, according to analysis from Gartner. The research firm predicts that by 2014, 80% of current gamified applications won't meet expectations. "In many cases, organizations are simply counting points, slapping meaningless badges on activities and creating gamified applications that are simply not engaging for the target audience," said Brian Burke, research vice president at Gartner. IT PRO (London) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Do you believe the holiday season lowers worker productivity?
    Yes  86.67%
    No  13.33%
  • Do you feel your company's IT spending is aligned with its business priorities?

Geeking Out 
  • Dark matter could soon be discovered, scientists say
    Scientists say that in as little as three years, they could solve the mystery of dark matter -- the invisible energy force that astronomers say could account for a fourth of the universe. Experts say experiments into the nature of dark matter are finally reaching sensitivity levels that are able to detect the elusive particles. "If we don't find it in this next round of experiments, I think everyone will be a bit discouraged," said Dan Bauer, a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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Ultimately, when a regulatory agency bases its regulations on hypotheticals, there is no limiting factor, because there are an endless variety of hypotheticals that are possible. So [the Federal Communications Commission] should be hinging [its] regulations on actual data and on actual problems, and not on hypotheticals dreamed up by some advocacy group."
--James Cicconi, senior executive vice president for external and legislative affairs at AT&T, as quoted by
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