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October 17, 2012
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  • VMware execs: Networks are still an obstacle to application agility
    Overcoming network bottlenecks is essential to embracing application agility, two VMware execs said at an industry conference. Meeting that challenge requires a network-strategy change from a device-driven approach to an application-centric approach, VMware's Paul Strong and Joe Baguley said. GigaOm (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Microsoft announces pricing for Surface
    Microsoft says its Windows RT-based Surface tablet will cost $499 when it debuts next week. The basic version of the device will have twice as much memory as a similarly priced iPad, although the $499 version will not include the cover that can be used as a keyboard. Analysts said Microsoft's pricing may put pressure on manufacturers of higher-priced Windows RT tablets. News Service (10/16), The Wall Street Journal (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • OpenStack draws support from Nimbula
    Cloud-management vendor Nimbula is hopping on the OpenStack bandwagon as it aims to incorporate open-source code into its platform offering and to contribute to the OpenStack development effort. Network World (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Channel 
  • 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) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Workforce 
  • Data-scientist roles adapt with changing IT workplace
    Data scientists are in demand, but the profession is in flux, Allen Bernard writes. The broad mix of skills that data scientists need will evolve as enterprises embrace data analytics and Big Data management technologies, Bernard writes, and universities are establishing courses and curriculum that will help define that role. (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are you giving workers too much information?
    Transparency is a good thing in principle, but that doesn't mean leaders should overshare with workers, Karin Hurt writes. "Disclosing too much of a plan in progress can be dangerous as things change," she writes. "No need to get people worked up about something that might not materialize." (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Sen. Reid gains GOP support for cybersecurity bill
    A push by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to reintroduce cybersecurity legislation for congressional debate next month has received the support of at least one Republican lawmaker, despite the GOP's opposition to a similar bill earlier this year. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind. -- who joined with three other GOP senators to vote in favor of a cybersecurity bill co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. -- said only Congress can enact the type of measures necessary to stave off a crippling attack on U.S. infrastructure. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: SMBs aren't planning for cyber-attacks
    A report from the National Cyber Security Alliance and Symantec indicates that 77% of small to midsized enterprises say they are not worried about cyber-attacks, while 83% said they have no cybersecurity strategy or plan. "It's not part of the culture yet," said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the NCSA. CNET (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CompTIA presents webinar for BrightTALK
    As part of BrightTALK's Cloud Go-to-Market Channel Strategies summit on Oct. 25, Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis at CompTIA, is presenting a Cloud Adoption and Disruption webinar. Attend. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The 2112 Group and Channelnomics
    Cloud, mobility and Big Data are transforming the IT landscape, but not negating the channel’s value as the best route to market. The 2112 Group specializes in creating channel programs, optimizing channel performance and uncovering opportunities. Its research and media site, Channelnomics, provides real, actionable intelligence to the entire channel community. CompTIA members -- find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Oct. 17, 2012
    53% of businesses have currently adopted business analytics related to social media monitoring. CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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