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October 18, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • How U.S. security law is hampering Europe's migration to the cloud
    Some European companies are reluctant to transition to cloud systems, citing fears that the U.S. government could someday access their customers' data under the auspices of the Patriot Act, according to Christian Echeyne, director of IT infrastructure technologies and engineering for Orange Business Services. In a recent interview, Echeyne said enterprises in France, Italy and Spain are particularly fearful of the long arm of U.S. law, while noting that negative feelings about outsourcing may also be hampering cloud adoption on the continent. GigaOm (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Emerging Tools 
  • Could Windows 8 give rise to the enterprise tablet?
    Consumers have flocked to tablet computers in recent years, driving up demand and sending the PC market into decline, but when it comes to the enterprise space, the rush to change has been less pronounced, according to industry commentator Shane O'Neill. That may change, however, when tablets running Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system hit the market starting this month. O'Neill writes that features such as controlled security and compatibility with legacy applications are likely to make Windows 8 more appealing to some enterprises if they are willing to navigate an unfamiliar interface and make do with fewer apps. CIO.com (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Tech Business 
  • Enterprises feel pressure to move to cloud-computing model
    Companies that haven't yet shifted their business and IT models to embrace cloud technologies are feeling greater pressure to make the change, as even venerable tech brands are seeing their hardware businesses erode, vendors and industry watchers said at a recent conference. "We see the rate of change accelerating. We see today very large corporations with internal mandates to get their SAP environments out into the cloud immediately. That is pretty important. That is their family jewels," said Ron Dupler, CEO of cloud integrator GreenPages. CRN.com (U.S.) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Managing IT 
  • VMware execs: Networks are still an obstacle to application agility
    Overcoming network bottlenecks is essential to embracing application agility, two VMware execs said at an industry conference. Meeting that challenge requires a network-strategy change from a device-driven approach to an application-centric approach, VMware's Paul Strong and Joe Baguley said. GigaOm (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Is there recruiting beyond LinkedIn?
    There are methods besides LinkedIn for connecting with job seekers, writes Lance Haun, who offers links to how-to articles for recruiting with Google Finance, StackOverflow and other tools. "Continue to expand your learning, practice and relationships with those around you. Most importantly, build your talent acquisition strategy around the people you need, not just the tools that you know or the ones easily at your disposal," he writes. SourceCon (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Newly discovered planet is Earth's closest interstellar neighbor
    A team of European astronomers has discovered an Earth-sized planet in the solar system Alpha Centauri -- the first ever discovered in the triple-star system. The planet, which is being called Alpha Centauri Bb, after the sun-like star it orbits, has surface temperatures exceeding 2,200 degrees and sits roughly four light-years from Earth, making it our nearest planetary neighbor outside our own solar system. USA TODAY (10/18), The Economist/Babbage blog (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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SmartQuote 
Cloud is another form of outsourcing — it's delegating something you were doing yourself to someone who can do it better."
--Christian Echeyne, director of IT infrastructure technologies and engineering for Orange Business Services, as quoted by GigaOm
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