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March 7, 2013
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  • Dell sale faces challenges from inside and out
    The future of Dell has become more uncertain because a deal by founder Michael Dell to sell the company to himself and a private-equity firm is on shaky ground, given shareholders' unhappiness with the share price and interest from top brands including Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard, Serena Saitto and Dina Bass write. In addition, investor Carl Icahn is said to have an interest in the company and refused the board's request to help it obtain higher bids, Michael J. De La Merced writes. Bloomberg (3/7), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Dealbook blog (3/6)
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  • Former President Clinton: Technology is key to improving health care
    Technology is essential for gaining efficiencies and saving money in the health care sector, and price transparency is a must, according to former President Bill Clinton. "The absence of technology, in part, means consumers have no way of knowing what they're going to be charged, what their options are, in place after place in America," Clinton said. Computerworld (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intel touts "display as a service" for a multiscreen world
    Intel has developed a technology it calls "display as a service," with a device that can control any display on a computer network, this blog post notes. At an industry conference in Germany, the chip company also demonstrated a prototype Windows 8 laptop with a detachable display, based on its forthcoming fourth-generation Core "Haswell" processor. CNET/Business Tech blog (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Why IT needs to embrace cloud computing's disruptive nature
    Tech and business leaders must embrace the disruptive force cloud computing is having on business and the realm of doing business, according to John Considine, chief technology officer at Verizon's Terremark division. Now is the time to establish relevancy in cloud computing, Maribel Lopez writes. "As they face this disruption, CIOs and IT leaders have to look at moving up the stack and spend less time on low-level operational tasks," Considine said. Forbes (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dell: Partner investments are paying off
    Dell's partner program is robust and on track to grow twice as fast as the overall channel, according to company leaders, who say the growth proves that years of investment are paying off given a 130,000-channel base worldwide and a 48% jump in preferred and premier partners. "Every year we've added additional incentives, training and certifications. Our commitment to partners remains unchanged. You can count on us," said Channel chief Greg Davis. The VAR Guy (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Why business continuity requires frequent attitude adjustments
    To keep pace with market changes and ensure longevity, companies must be willing and able to periodically evolve their business goals and the means by which they realize them, George Bradt writes. According to Lyle Heidemann, chief executive of True Value, such a cultural transformation can take as long as five years and must include a complete assessment of a company's market context and a realignment of culture and attitude to make sure they are advancing the firm's strategic priorities. Forbes (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: U.S. not prepared for cybersecurity battles
    The U.S. military is not prepared to battle a full-scale cyberattack and needs to shore up its tactics, according to a Defense Science Board study, which recommends a revised strategy, revamping priorities and boosting both defensive and offensive measures. The Washington Post (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Register for CompTIA's Annual Member Meeting
    CompTIA's Annual Member Meeting will be held March 12 and 13 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago. AMM brings CompTIA's member base together for two days of collaborative strategic planning and sharing amongst the association's most engaged members and community forums. Register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Managed Services Defined: How the MSP Partners Trustmark Helps Companies
    John Tippett, chief operating officer of EDTS, which provides managed IT and security services to clients in the southeast U.S., was involved in the development of the MSP Partners Trustmark -- a business credential designed to qualify and differentiate organizations providing on-premises IT services via a managed services business model -- and took his company through it as soon as it was available. Get his insight into how the Trustmark builds definition around managed services and helps companies assess themselves. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: March 7, 2013
    46% of companies with mobility solutions say that making mobility part of business continuity planning is a factor driving mobility adoption. CompTIA IT SmartStat. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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