February 6, 2013
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Dell pursues "transformation" with $24.4B plan to go private
Michael Dell announced he is taking the company that bears his name private in a $24.4 billion leveraged buyout that includes roughly $700 million of his own money, a cash infusion from Silver Lake and the assumption of $15 billion in new debt. Analysts say that if shareholders approve the deal, Dell, once the leading manufacturer of PCs, may reduce or eliminate its consumer products and focus on emerging enterprise solutions. "Dell's transformation is well under way, but we recognize it will still take more time, investment and patience," Dell wrote in a memo to employees. CIO.com/IDG News Service (2/5), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/DealBook blog (2/5)
How to Measure and Fix Your "Leaky" Marketing Funnel
Marketing funnels can get pretty leaky. It's time to turn the odds in your favor. The first step to improving your marketing funnel is to measure it. Once you know where you are, then you can test improvements and move the needle. Buuuut... what should we track with a funnel? Get your hands on this guide to gain insight into the five best practices for optimizing a "leaky" funnel.

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Cisco expands Unified Data Center strategy with new product line
Cisco has introduced a family of cloud-to-cloud network fabric devices designed to boost network productivity in hybrid cloud deployments. The new offerings, which are part of Cisco's Unified Data Center strategy and leverage software-defined networking technology, include the Nexus 40 Gb fixed-form-factor switch, next-generation hybrid cloud management software and the Virtual Network Management Center InterCloud. eWeek (2/5)
Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

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Europeans look to retool rules on cybersecurity
The European Union will release a series of new cybersecurity recommendations this week, including a proposal that would require companies including stock exchanges and search engines to disclose information about breaches. The plan, which would replace a system of voluntary compliance, will go to the European Parliament for approval and must then be ratified by the 27 EU member nations -- a process that could take two years. The Wall Street Journal (2/4)
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.

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Analysis: Cloud work is big focus in U.S., Europe
Almost half of North American and European companies are working on internal cloud efforts this year, with 64% already pursuing virtualization, consolidation and standardization tasks, according to a survey from TheInfoPro. Yet the survey notes challenges abound, such as budgets and change management issues, and those could prove lucrative to resellers and service providers. Channel Partners (2/5)
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Managing IT
SMBs find varied benefits in the cloud
Small and midsized businesses are seeing the advantages of migrating to the cloud extend beyond simple productivity improvements to include practical cost benefits, such as lower energy bills and the ability to significantly trim capital expenditures, experts say. Shane Stark, director of operations at Carrier Access, writes that working with a third-party cloud provider also enables SMBs to bolster their business continuity and disaster recovery strategies and benefit from trained IT professionals without stressing the company payroll. Channel Partners/Peer-to-Peer blog (2/5)
Do you believe voluntary corporate efforts will prove sufficient to address cybersecurity issues?
No  72.92%
Yes  19.79%
Not sure  7.29%
Are you satisfied with your current level of employment compensation? 
Geeking Out
Will 3D printing revolutionize the practice of dentistry?
Thanks to pioneering firms pushing the envelope on 3D printing technology, it may not be long before a person in need of dentures can walk into a dentist's office and walk out with a new set of teeth that very same day. At the forefront of "digital dentistry," Apex Dental Milling has been using an Objet Eden260V printer to greatly increase the speed of dental model production. Geek.com (2/5)
We need to intensify global efforts to fight cybercrime that is shaking the confidence of online services and is thereby damaging our economies."
-- Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal
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