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October 31, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Startups creating new provider market around Big Data
    As Big Data becomes fully integrated into almost every aspect of next-generation business operations, companies are quickly reaching the limit of their technical ability to reap its benefits -- a fact that is driving more of them to seek outside help. While legacy firms such as LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters have a long history of conducting complex data management, a new crop of forward-thinking service providers is emerging to capitalize on the Big Data talent glut by helping companies "navigate through the waters," said Paul Ballew, Dun & Bradstreet's chief data and analytic officer. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Lee Child, creator of the Jack Reacher series, shares his secrets to creating suspense.
Emerging Tools 
  • Cloud migrations driving new market for integration tools
    As more enterprises turn to cloud computing to bolster storage capacity and expand their data centers, demand is increasing for tools designed to seamlessly integrate internal and external networks. Among the integration solutions that are working their way into the market are cloud bridges that create a transparent physical link to the data center, brokers that merge processes at the application layer and gateways that guarantee operational consistency by managing the deployment of resources. Network World (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Canada, U.S. to strengthen cybersecurity cooperation under new plan
    The U.S. has entered into a new cybersecurity partnership with Canada, designed to bolster the sharing of threat information between the two countries. Under the "Cyber Security Action Plan," the Department of Homeland Security and Public Safety Canada will collaborate to analyze data at all classification levels and develop a joint strategy for responding to threats. SC Magazine/SC Magazine UK (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Sluggish PC shipments dragging down DRAM prices, says research firm
    As demand for PCs slows and memory chip inventory builds up, the price of DRAM is dropping, according to research firm DRAMeXchange. The trend is already prompting some DRAM makers to pull back on production, with some firms making 20% production cuts. The research firm says the market could rebound after the first quarter of 2013. (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • How SaaS helps fight software piracy
    With more than 40% of users surveyed by the Business Software Alliance admitting that they have shared login credentials to paid cloud services with others, piracy in the software-as-a-service business is a strong potential risk, this article notes. "In our experience, developing software license policies that allow a given user to access the software from a set of registered devices is an important strategy to minimize credential-sharing abuse, as and exemplify," Bashyam Anant wrote on the Flexera Software blog. Almost one-third of SaaS publishers have a usage-based model in their licensing, Anant noted. (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What's your impression of the iPad Mini?
    Not sure what all the fuss is about  45.39%
    Might buy one at some point  23.03%
    I'll have to use one before I make up my mind  21.71%
    Definitely buying one  8.55%
    Hate it  1.32%
  • Did superstorm Sandy affect your operations?

Geeking Out 
  • What do Mars and Hawaii have in common?
    The surface of the red planet resembles the volcanic soil found in Hawaii, according to analysis conducted by NASA's Curiosity rover. "We now know it is mineralogically similar to basaltic material, with significant amounts of feldspar, pyroxene and olivine, which was not unexpected. Roughly half the soil is non-crystalline material, such as volcanic glass or products from weathering of the glass," said researcher David Bish. TG Daily (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Companies want and need to get insights from exponentially growing amounts of diverse data, but most lack the skill and computing infrastructure needed. One way to fill the gap is through service providers."
--Rita Sallam, an analyst with Gartner, as quoted by
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