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December 10, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Will the growth of the cloud undermine its success?
    Cloud computing will become so ubiquitous next year that the term itself will gradually fall out of favor, industry experts predict. Analysts say they expect to see more enterprises and consumers drawn into hosted services through new channels, as PCs give way to the use of personal clouds and the line between mobile and hosted services continues to blur. However, the evolution of the cloud will worsen the talent drought as more businesses and consumers compete for a finite pool of resources, IDC says. Forbes (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • IBM taps lightwave technology to power 25 Gbps chips
    Following a decade of development, IBM says it is ready to bring to market new chips based on "silicon nanophotonic" technology that can carry data between servers at rates exceeding 25 Gbps. The advanced technology -- which relies on light waves running parallel to electric pulses -- is being incorporated into Big Blue's 90nm CMOS fabrication process to produce components including wavelength division multiplexers, detectors and modulators. IT PRO (London) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Hackers circumvent 2-step authentication using complex new trojan
    European hackers have stolen millions of dollars from online banking customers using a sophisticated "Eurograbber" trojan that infiltrates the two-step authentication process in mobile transactions. The bug, which primarily targets Android and BlackBerry devices, is delivered via a phishing e-mail or corrupt website and poses as a required "security upgrade" to trick banking customers into installing it on their phones. ZDNet (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • EMC tech chief: IT should be headed toward services role
    EMC Chief Information Officer Sanjay Mirchandani predicts a sea change for the IT organization, from serving in a support function to acting as a services provider using a cloud-based delivery platform. "Cloud computing transforms us ... We become more consultative as opposed to classic IT management," Mirchandani said. Computerworld (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • It's quality, not quantity, in Big Data analysis
    Quality analysis trumps poring over every available data stream when it comes to getting the most from Big Data, Steven Maxwell writes. Decreasing the time it takes to answer a business question is key to leveraging Big Data successfully in a marketplace that is already sick of the hype surrounding the trend, according to Maxwell. E-Commerce Times (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 9 ways small employers can keep their stars
    Promoting from within, providing stimulating work and linking performance to bottom-line success are ways that small companies can hang on to their best employees, Samuel Bacharach writes. "Employees won't stay because of the size of the paycheck. They'll stay because they feel they are recognized, engaged, challenged, and part of a team," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most Clicked 

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

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Geeking Out 
  • Parrot gets robot "bird buggy"
    A University of Florida graduate student has created a robotic "bird buggy" to help his flightless African gray parrot, Pepper, get around. Pepper uses a small joystick to steer his motorized perch, allowing him to navigate his home without fear of being stepped on. The Guardian (London)/GrrlScientist blog (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
Rather than sucking in every imaginable piece of data into analytics models, companies should focus on the speed and quality of their analytics. The amount of data does not have any bearing on the success of a Big Data initiative."
--Steven Maxwell, partner at NewVantage Partners, writing for E-Commerce Times
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