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January 7, 2013
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The Game Changer 
  • Enterprise software to lead tech down the road to rebound in 2013
    The technology market will continue its gradual rebound this year, propelled by strength in the mobile, cloud and smart computing sectors, but it will take another year for the industry to regain the glory of pre-recession days, according to a new forecast. A report from Forrester Research estimates that global tech spending will increase 5.4% in 2013, despite declines in hardware sales, with business intelligence and analytics software posting strong gains. eWeek (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Emerging Tools 
  • Stage is set for market showdown on SDN
    The growing need for more intuitive networks will drive a surge in demand for software-defined networking solutions, according to IDC, which predicts the sector will experience annual revenue growth in the triple digits over the next three years. Analysts say the proliferation of SDN products will present a challenge to legacy providers such as Cisco, which will find itself competing with a string of pioneering startups for a piece of what is expected to be a $3.7 billion market by 2016. Network World/The Cisco Connection blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Feds commit money, manpower to boosting cybersecurity
    The Defense Department is getting more money -- and specific marching orders -- to bolster cybersecurity efforts as part of the $633 billion National Defense Authorization Act, which includes provisions for developing new cyber defenses. The Pentagon is focused on building and buying next-gen tools that can combat new and emerging threats, investigating the use of Big Data technologies and planning to better consolidate its IT infrastructure. InformationWeek (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Lenovo banks on mobile devices, touch screens to spur growth
    Lenovo is busy on several business unit fronts, including debuting new Windows 8 devices such as ultrabooks and a big tablet called "Table PC," as well as smartphones, which the PC maker believes will put it on a fast track to revenue and sales growth. "Very soon you will see we'll start to make money in the China smartphone area," said CEO Yang Yuanqing, who plans to divide his company into two groups for faster product development. Bloomberg (1/7), (U.S.) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • How to get the most from data analytics
    For all its potential as an effective business intelligence tool, data analytics is only as smart as the person using it, writes Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group, who says a tool is only reliable if it's used proactively. Enderle warns companies against relying on analytics to "cherry pick" positive results, insisting that it's best to employ BI strategically, before a decision is made. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Get personal to engage your team
    John Bossong writes that when his 17-year-old daughter picked up her first paycheck, she found that her boss had added a brief handwritten note welcoming her and encouraging her to give her all. That simple act showed the boss' commitment to achieving a "higher purpose" and keeping workers motivated and engaged, Bossong writes. "If you want a team that is unified and aligned, make leadership personal," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most Clicked 

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Geeking Out 
  • Scientists create sub-absolute-zero gas
    Physicists have created an atomic gas that drops below absolute zero, opening possibilities of developing negative Kelvin materials. The quantum gas also mimics "dark energy," the phenomenon that helps the universe to expand against gravity, giving scientists a unique opportunity to unlock new cosmological secrets. Nature (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Analytics is capable of giving executives unprecedented insight into assuring that their decisions are the correct ones, but many who pay for the deployment of these tools will likely instead find they are used to showcase what idiots they were after the fact."
--Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group, writing for
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