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October 17, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Analysts predict a shift in spending as Big Data becomes more ubiquitous
    The global IT sector will shell out $34 billion in 2013 to bolster Big Data strategies, most of it on solutions related to things such as content analysis and social networking, which enable enterprises to put large amounts of information to use. The findings, which are detailed in a report from Gartner, include a prediction that in the next five years, Big Data will become so integrated that it will almost cease to exist as a separate IT category. "Because Big Data's effects are pervasive, Big Data will evolve to become a standardized requirement in leading information architectural practices, forcing older practices and technologies into early obsolescence," said analyst Mark Beyer. ZDNet (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • Cisco embraces OpenStack for SDN in the cloud
    While the OpenFlow standard is one element of Cisco Systems' software-defined networking, the company is also embracing the approach of the OpenStack Foundation for open-source cloud technology, Robert Mullins writes in eWeek. "This is really targeted toward helping people run OpenStack in production on Cisco infrastructure," said Lew Tucker of Cisco. Meanwhile, Mellanox Technologies has introduced the SwitchX-2 processor to optimize its switches for SDN, touted as an alternative to competing products from Arista Networks and Cisco. eWeek (10/15), Network World (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Report finds small businesses lax on cybersecurity
    A poll of more than 1,000 companies employing fewer than 250 people reveals the U.S. small business community is failing to adequately address cybersecurity, with more than three-quarters of respondents operating under the belief they are already safe from attack. The joint report from the National Cyber Security Alliance and Symantec found that most SMBs lack policy guidelines for the use of social networks, which are frequently used as conduits by cybercriminals to launch attacks. TheStreet.com (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Slower hardware sales hurt Big Blue's bottom line in Q3
    IBM saw both revenue and profits decrease in the third quarter, compared with the same period a year earlier, amid sales declines across most of its business units, marking the fifth quarter the company has failed to meet analyst targets. Observers point to Big Blue's divestiture of low-priority businesses, such as its retail point-of-sale technology unit, as contributing to the decline, which included a double-digit drop in hardware sales. The Wall Street Journal (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Don't shut the door on open innovation
    Open innovation can be scary, but it's a great way to get fresh perspectives on the challenges your company faces, say Denise Fletcher and Paul Austin. Just be sure you're realistic about the potential hurdles your company will face as it opens its innovation processes. "Open innovation will impact your legal, marketing, sales, engineering, manufacturing, and management, all in a big way," Fletcher and Austin warn. InnovationExcellence.com (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartPulse 
  • Are you more or less secure in your job than you were a year ago?
    Less  55.71%
    About the same  31.43%
    More  12.86%
  • Do you believe your business is vulnerable to cyber-attacks?
Yes
No

Geeking Out 
  • Can a fasting hormone lead to a longer life span?
    Scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a hormone that mimics the physiological effects of food restriction and has been shown to extend the life of mice by an average of one-third. The hormone -- known as fibroblast growth factor-21 -- is naturally occurring and is secreted by the liver to help the body deal with the effects of fasting and starvation. TG Daily (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
SMBs have to realize that data is the coin of the realm in cybercrime. Cybercriminals may use [SMBs] to get to somebody else."
--Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, as quoted by TheStreet.com
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