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November 30, 2012
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  • Tech chiefs offer innovative sales strategies
    Forward-thinking chief information officers from a variety of industries are testing strategies for improving sales by leveraging technology to adapt to customer trends, manage resources, forge beneficial partnerships and streamline product and service delivery. Examples include Hovnanian Enterprises' Style Suite, an online design platform for home buyers, and tire and automotive retailer TBC's cloud-based NITRO system, which enables sales associates to identify customer needs using a vehicle-identification number. (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cisco to buy Cariden as acquisition spree continues
    Cisco Systems has announced its third acquisition in a month, saying it will purchase Cariden Tech in a $141 million cash deal. Cariden, a closely held client of Verizon Communications and Deutsche Telekom, makes software to plan, design and engineer networks. Companies such as Cariden could play increasingly important roles in software-defined networking, analysts say. All Things D (11/29), ZDNet (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Survey: Bonuses aren't a sure thing in IT this year
    Thirty-seven percent of IT workers who are eligible for bonuses said in a survey that they expect a bigger end-of-year check this year, while 33% expect to receive the same amount. Eighteen percent predicted a smaller bonus check, and 12% don't expect anything extra at all, according to the survey. Companies would benefit from a bonus program,'s Alice Hill says. "As more hiring shortages appear in different areas of tech, bonuses are a great retention tool for companies to consider," Hill says. Network World (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pros and cons of robotics and automation in the workplace
    Researchers say they expect robotics and automation to bring tremendous change to the workplace, but while efficiencies will be gained, there are drawbacks from workers' perspective. "The next frontier for automation is non-routine work," says Matt Beane of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Some of the biggest changes in work could be at the high end. These jobs can be automated without a physical avatar." VentureBeat (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CompTIA chief: Tech must be a focus for the White House
    The White House needs to advance IT initiatives, help small to medium-sized enterprises embrace technology and support business innovation in order to spur economic growth, CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux writes. He outlines several initiatives, including providing greater access to capital and boosting training in the science and tech sectors. "By seizing technology imperatives and unleashing the potential of small and medium-sized IT companies, the president and Congress can continue the drive for innovation, growth and broad consumer benefits," Thibodeaux writes. Computerworld (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Get certified in IT for Sales
    The CompTIA IT for Sales certification demonstrates a professional knowledge in technology basics necessary to complete sales activities with customers in technical fields. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • News on the managed print market
    Managed print services is one of the fastest growing segments in the IT industry. New products and services are announced weekly. MPSConnect is offering a free weekly e-newsletter subscription to CompTIA members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Get the latest IT news affecting the IT channel and workforce, daily, weekly or monthly. CompTIA offers more than a dozen newsletters and blogs to help the industry stay abreast of new business opportunities, market intelligence, training and career advice. Subscribe to CompTIA's free news feeds. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Nov. 30, 2012
    42% of companies say that they have experienced data loss/information leakage. CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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