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February 4, 2013
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The Game Changer 
  • Industry giants jockey for dominance of the cloud
    Microsoft and Google are locked in an increasingly contentious struggle to unseat Amazon as the leader in the public cloud services market, seeking a larger piece of an industry that generated an estimated $40 billion in revenue last year. "The great tech wars are expanding into nearly every area of business, and cloud services are the latest battlefield. Amazon has captured the hearts and minds of developers, but Google and Microsoft are gaining ground," said Bill Coughran, a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital. The Wall Street Journal (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

Emerging Tools 
  • Intel partners with academic researchers to develop morphing CPUs
    Intel is collaborating with a group of universities to develop a class of CPU that can reconfigure to conform to specific workload demands, which researchers say would lead to major increases in performance and energy efficiency. The "MorphCore" technology enables the CPU to switch between two configurations, one designed for dominant single-thread environments and the other optimized for emerging multi-threaded workloads, such as those used in high-performance computing. eWeek (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

Security Update 
Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

Tech Business 
  • Enterprise markets trump consumer sectors for new tech investment
    Evidence shows technology entrepreneurs once hooked on the allure of social networking and mobile applications are increasingly turning their backs on the consumer sector and focusing instead on developing new solutions for the enterprise customer. A tally of investment capital in tech-heavy Massachusetts found that between 2011 and 2012, the amount of capital flowing to new enterprise-related projects increased 27%, while investment in consumer-focused startups decreased by 16%. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

Managing IT 
  • BYOD raises risk of malware infection, Cisco finds
    Computer users are more likely to pick up a damaging piece of malware while browsing search engines and retail shopping sites than through the online gambling and adult content sites typically seen as repositories for malicious code. That's according to Cisco's 2013 Annual Security Report, which found online advertisements are teeming with potential threats and consumers who use their mobile devices for both personal and work-related activities face an increased risk of infection. (U.K.) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Leadership tips from the Super Bowl coaches
    Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh aren't the "screaming field generals" once ubiquitous in football, writes Dov Seidman. Instead, the brothers represent the modern coach that listens to players, rather than yells at them, and aims not for absolute and unquestioned authority but rather for softer and more collaborative forms of power. "[O]ur world has transformed. And football provides us a great metaphor for how our leadership needs to change with it," Seidman writes. (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

Most Clicked 

Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief on ExecTech readers in the past week.

  • Results based on number of times each story was clicked by readers.
Geeking Out 
  • Researchers develop self-organizing crystals
    Physicists at New York University used blue light and hydrogen peroxide to turn a microscopic cube of the mineral hematite into self-organizing crystals that exhibit two of the three qualities typically viewed as a prerequisite for life. According to researcher Paul Chaikin, the crystals in the experiment possess a metabolism and the ability to move on their own but are unable to self-replicate. "Here we show that with a simple, synthetic active system, we can reproduce some features of living systems," said co-researcher Jérémie Palacci. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Today, we live a blended work-personal life. The hackers know this, and the security threats that we encounter online such as embedded Web malware while visiting popular destinations like search engines, retailers, social media sites and smartphone/tablet apps no longer threaten only the individual; they threaten our organizations by default."
--John Stewart, senior vice president of global government and corporate security at Cisco, as quoted by (U.K.)
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