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December 24, 2012
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  • Security will be front and center next year and beyond, IBM says
    Steve Robinson, IBM's vice president of worldwide development for strategy, expects enterprise IT security to be a major focus for IT leaders as well as legal and business development teams within the enterprise. Looking ahead to 2013 and beyond, IBM predicts cloud computing security will become more routine and mobile devices will overshadow laptops in terms of how secure they have become. (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • Acer is said to prep $99 tablet, mainly for developing markets
    Acer is expected to introduce a $99 Android tablet in early 2013, according to a published report, which says the device is aimed at competing with white-label products made by Chinese rivals for emerging markets. Acer will reportedly load the 7-inch "Iconia B1" with specs similar to Amazon's Kindle Fire HD with the price expected to vary depending on the country. It remains uncertain whether Acer will sell the cheaper tablet in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Channel 
  • What's in store for SAP in 2013?
    As SAP moves into the new year, it must continue to make progress with its HANA database, begin integrating the several new technologies it acquired in the past two years and begin delivering on cloud-based applications, Chris Kanaracus writes. Network World/IDG News Service (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IT Workforce 
  • Communication skills trump appearance, top leaders say
    A leader's ability to look the part matters less than their ability to communicate effectively, top executives say. Some 28% of senior bosses say that communication skills predict a worker's leadership potential, but only 5% say that looking "polished and put together" is "a key factor" for future leaders, David Burkus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Companies warm to incubators
    Big companies are running incubator services in a bid to boost their R&D efforts, which is a great way to inject startup-style innovation into a company's operations, says PayPal Chief Operating Officer David Chang. "It's great to be on the cutting edge, but not have your foot fully in," Chang says. "The incubator, we hope, will keep us really sharp." Inc. online (free registration) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • GOP to Obama: Drop executive order, work with us on cybersecurity
    House Republicans are asking President Barack Obama to reconsider his plan to take a unilateral stance on cybersecurity and support a separate GOP initiative that relies on the voluntary participation of the private sector. Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Steve Scalise, R-La., joined 44 other lawmakers in sending a letter to Obama in support of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which they say is better suited than an executive order to encourage investments in security solutions. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CompTIA News 
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    CompTIA members can get a free subscription to the print magazine and e-newsletter ChannelPro-SMB, which provides targeted business and technology information for the IT channel. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Dec. 24, 2012
    39% of companies are concerned about shared technology vulnerabilities when using cloud systems. CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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