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March 29, 2013
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  • Analysis: Using SaaS shouldn't lead to enterprise "re-siloing"
    Software-as-a-service has made it easier for businesses to embrace customer-relationship-management software, but SaaS also threatens to create a "re-siloing" if the IT department is not involved in its implementation, Chris Bucholtz writes. "SaaS does not replace IT. Instead, it makes IT a strategic partner in managing change and maintaining the proper functioning of your customer data systems. IT needs to be a part of the process -- and it needs to take the lead in explaining the criticality of having a company-wide understanding of all the technology in use to manage customer relationships," Bucholtz writes. CRM Buyer (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • Strategic value of Big Data eludes most firms, poll finds
    Less than a third of enterprises that have embraced Big Data have managed to draw benefits from the investment, according to a survey that finds companies are being hampered by security issues, staffing problems and budgetary constraints. According to a poll of 1,800 IT professionals in 18 countries conducted by Cisco, more than half of respondents say they will be earmarking more money for Big Data projects this year, but 38% admitted they lack a strategic plan for success. Techworld (U.K.) (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Accenture plans software-development center in Austin
    Accenture says it plans to open a software-development and support center in Austin, Texas, to provide IT consulting and services to state health agencies. The company is slated to hire 300 people for the center by the end of 2013. "Austin has a great mix of software and public-sector people, and we need that expertise. So far we've had terrific response to the center and we're finding the right skills," Accenture's Stephen Rohleder says. Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free registration) (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile & Wireless 
  • NEC may be looking to unload its mobile-phone business
    NEC reportedly is shopping around its mobile-phone business, which has been losing money for two years, and Lenovo is said to be one of the would-be buyers. "Amid the rapidly changing market we are considering a number of ways to bolster the competitiveness of our mobile phone business, but nothing has been decided," NEC said in a statement. Reuters (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Forrester: On-demand mobile virtualization is preferable to MDM
    Mobile-device management represents a "heavy-handed approach" to bring-your-own-device policies, according to Chenxi Wang of Forrester Research. "[M]ore and more IT professionals have told us that they don't want to manage employee-owned devices. ... For these reasons, technologies such as mobile VDI, containers, app wrapping, and device virtualization have emerged to deliver personal-to-corporate segregation," Wang writes in a report. The report predicts that "On-demand mobile virtualization will overtake mobile-device management" as a means to separate business and personal data. Network World (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Hackers can hijack cameras with Wi-Fi connections, researchers say
    Wi-Fi capability is a convenient and useful feature of some cameras, but that connection can be exploited by hackers, researchers Daniel Mende and Pascal Tubing said at a conference. They demonstrated how an outside party could take control of a Canon EOS 1D X camera without the knowledge of the owner. Memory cards loaded with Wi-Fi also are vulnerable, they said. Ubergizmo.com (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Group-IB: Malware compromises U.S. bank payment cards
    Malicious software dubbed BlackPOS is infecting point-of-sale systems and compromising payment cards held by customers of U.S. banks, says Group-IB, a security and computer forensics firm. The malware's command-and-control server has been found, the company says, and Group-IB has informed the targeted banks, law enforcement and Visa about the threat. ITWorld.com/IDG News Service (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government IT 
  • Google embraces a nonaggression stance on patents
    Google has declared it won't sue over open-source patent issues unless it's taken to court first, and says it hopes that its "Open Patent Non-Assertion" philosophy will catch on with other companies. But that may not happen quickly, industry watchers say, because some vendors need to make money from patent investments. Computerworld/IDG News Service (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SIIA News 
  • Register for the industry's leading ISV conference, AATC13
     
    Join us May 7 to 9 in San Francisco for SIIA's All About the Cloud conference. Your success in today's ever-changing world of technological innovation around the cloud, mobile and social media can depend on the strength of your relationships with the right strategic partners and vendors. So our primary focus for AATC 2013 is to help you make contacts, form partnerships and close deals. Take advantage of early-bird pricing by registering today or considering a sponsorship. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Participate in this short survey to help the SIIA measure the growth and concerns of executives in the software and services industry. The data from this survey will be used in the forward of SIIA's Vision From the Top, which will be release at All About the Cloud. Click here to submit your responses. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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