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January 24, 2013
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  Cloud Computing 
  • IT workers and vendors want cloud standards
    A demand for scalability is prompting vendors and users to push for cloud standardization, but companies that depend on hosted technologies such as software-as-a-service lack a central authority to vet and champion specific protocols, Joe Masters Emison writes. As a result, the IT community has taken the reins on standardization efforts, through individual vendors and groups such as the Cloud Security Alliance, although experts say cloud technology may be advancing too fast for these efforts to keep up. InformationWeek (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to avoid getting blindsided by the cloud
    Enterprises making the transition to the cloud will find their path littered with pitfalls that could be avoided with a little foresight, writes Jake Gardner of Logicworks. Companies often rush into cloud migration without a clear understanding of exactly how their firm can benefit or a list of desired outcomes. Gardner says it's critical that enterprises be realistic about the promises that are being made by service providers and avoid putting too much confidence in service level agreements, guarantees of compliance or the idea that outsourcing removes risk or liability. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Facebook mobile app is now the most used in U.S.
    Facebook has surpassed Google Maps as the most-used mobile application in the U.S., according to comScore, which reports 85.6 million users visitors for Facebook's app last month. Facebook's ascension coincides with Apple's removal of Google Maps from iOS 6, but Google's updated app might lead to a rebound. In another study, the mobile-data firm Onavo reported that YouTube remains Google's most popular application on iOS devices, having been downloaded by 44% of iPhone users as of Dec. 31 even after Apple ended its preinstalled status on iOS. CNET (1/23) , CNET (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Forecast cites another surge in Android threats this year
    The specific instances of malicious software aimed at Android devices are expected to reach 1 million in 2013, compared with 350,000 cases in 2012, Trend Micro says. Android malware is growing faster than Windows viruses did in the 20th century, the security research firm reports. Network World (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government IT 
  • Senate Dems call for a push on cybersecurity
    Cybersecurity legislation should be a priority this year, Senate Democrats say. Such legislation was blocked twice last year by Republicans. "The new Congress has a real opportunity to reach needed consensus on bipartisan legislation that will strengthen our nation's cybersecurity," Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said in a statement. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Webinar: 2013 Federal IT Cloud Predictions
    2013 will bring a convergence of issues affecting government agencies, including budget uncertainty, IT mandates and acquisition policies, oversight and human capital issues. With all of those issues at hand, what will be the top federal IT predictions for 2013? Deltek's vice president of information solutions, Kevin Plexico, and Microsoft's federal chief technology officer, Susie Adams, will discuss the state of the federal IT market and what is in store for 2013. Register today for this complimentary webinar. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calling all young and innovative tech companies
    The SIIA is excited to launch our NextGen program for its 8th year. This program showcases the competitive nature of what truly makes a company the next generation of young companies to watch. We are calling all companies that are transforming the software and services industry to apply today for AATC 2013's NextGen program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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