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December 28, 2012
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  • Why small businesses have big edge with Big Data analytics
    Big Data analytics can be as useful for smaller businesses as it is for large enterprises, Patrick Gray writes. Because smaller business have smaller piles of data than their large competitors, they will be able to derive actionable intelligence faster, providing them with an edge. "It's generally easier to institute new processes and procedures in a small organization, and make and execute rapid decisions based on data, than it is in most large organizations," he notes. TechRepublic/Big Data Analytics blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • Linux had a banner year in 2012
    The slow adoption of Windows 8 is giving Linux distributions, especially Ubuntu 12.10, an opportunity to shine, Katherine Noyes writes. The fact that more hardware firms are offering preloaded Linux options is also helping the platform's adoption rate. Meanwhile, Red Hat reached $1 billion in revenue this year, making it the first open-source software company to achieve that milestone. PCWorld/Linux Line blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Tablets triumph on Christmas Day
    Christmas Day saw 17.4 million tablet device activations, more than doubling the number of devices from a year before, according to mobile ad and analytics firm Flurry. Tablets also saw more activations than smartphones this year, the firm reports. In other measures, non-Apple tablets gained in popularity on the iPad, while Christmas Day saw a record number of application downloads. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (12/27) , PC Magazine (12/27) , GigaOm (12/27) , ReadWrite (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft doubled Windows Phone Marketplace offerings this year
    Microsoft added 75,000 mobile applications and games to its Windows Phone Marketplace this year, more than double its 2011 total, a company executive said Wednesday, adding that users downloaded an average of 54 apps during the year. That figure could grow in the years ahead: IDC has predicted Windows' mobile market share will increase from 2.6% this year to more than 11% by 2016. TechCrunch (12/27) , All Things D (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Security & Privacy 
  • Looking ahead to the year in cybersecurity issues
    Strengthening security for cloud and mobile computing will be among the key information security trends for 2013, experts say. Hackers will continue to use cross-platform attacks and will start using QR codes to spread their bugs, while virtual wallets become an increasingly tempting target, experts say. InformationWeek (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government IT 
  • Sen. Paul seeks to shield e-mails, text messages
    A proposal by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., seeks to protect e-mails and text messages from warrantless surveillance through an amendment for a bill to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. "Why are your phone calls more protected than your e-mail or text messages?" Paul said. The Hill/Floor Action Blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Calling all young and innovative tech companies
      
    The SIIA is excited to launch our NextGen program for its 8th year. This program showcases the competitive nature of what truly makes a company the next generation of young companies to watch. We are calling all companies that are transforming the software and services industry to apply today for AATC 2013’s NextGen program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Join our Roundtable Breakfast on Enterprise Cloud Adoption for Success
    Join us Feb. 8 in Palo Alto, Calif., to share your ideas on how to respond to enterprise demands and accelerate your prospect's decision to sign up with you versus "the other guys." Whether it's making your service delivery more transparent without compromising security, business outcome based SLAs, consumption based dynamic billing, or performance measurement by third party providers, cloud service providers are coming up with innovative ways to satisfy enterprise demand for more transparency & manageability of cloud services. Space is limited so register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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