February 20, 2013
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The Game Changer
More enterprises dropping PCs in favor of Macs
The rise of bring-your-own-device is threatening the long-held dominance of the PC in the enterprise workspace and paving the way for greater reliance on Mac machines, which were once regarded as too expensive for widespread business adoption, John Webster writes. Gartner predicts a 20% annual growth rate for Macs in the enterprise space through 2013. Forrester Research's Dave Johnson credits the trend to Macs' superior security. Network World (2/19)
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Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

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Samsung broadens enterprise suite with UC tech from Genband
Samsung Electronics is partnering with Genband to expand the unified communications component of its Samsung for Enterprise, or SAFE, initiative. Under the agreement, Samsung will integrate Genband's Experius UC software into its mobile devices, starting with the Galaxy Tab. GigaOm (2/19)
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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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Global cybersecurity guru backs Obama's executive order
President Barack Obama's executive order on cybersecurity represents a critical step toward bolstering U.S. infrastructure defenses and provides a model that should be followed by other countries, said Eugene Kaspersky, founder of Kaspersky Lab and one of the industry's most respected voices on the topic. "The risk to critical infrastructure is real and represents an international challenge that must be addressed by governments and the private sector together," said Kaspersky, who cited cyberattacks such as Stuxnet, Flame, Gauss and Shamoon as evidence of the need for global action. Forbes (2/19)
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Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

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Cisco goes on the offensive against Microsoft
Cisco Systems is seeking to differentiate itself from rival Microsoft -- and hopefully woo some new customers in the process -- with a new marketing campaign to promote its unified communications platform. The campaign, which was introduced this week with the release of results from a survey the company conducted, highlights what Cisco sees as the limitations of Microsoft's Lync platform for addressing enterprise needs in a post-PC environment. eWeek (2/18)
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The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

Managing IT
How to lead like a chess master
Former chess star Justin Moore is now CEO of cloud-services company Axcient -- and he says his time at the chessboard helped prepare him to be a better boss. Chess is deeply strategic and involves planning several moves ahead, just as CEOs need to plan for their company's future. "Chess is constantly teaching you to think about what comes next, and what comes after that, and what the repercussions could be," Moore says. Fast Company online (2/19)
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Geeking Out
True-to-life game map sparks threat of legal action in Montreal
The Montreal transit authority has threatened to sue a gaming enthusiast if he goes ahead with plans to publish an upgrade to the first-person shooting game "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" that features a map modeled on the city's Berri-UQAM station. Diego Liatis had originally asked permission from the Societe de transport de Montreal to incorporate the map, but he was denied on the grounds that the detailed layout could serve as a training ground for real-life bad guys. EscapistMagazine.com (2/18)
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At the end of the day, both of these have holes. Neither one of them is as broad [a solution set] as they think they are. ... The truth lies somewhere in the middle."
-- Henry Dewing, an analyst with Forrester Research, commenting on competing UC solutions from Cisco and Microsoft, as quoted by eWeek
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