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)
Emerging Tools
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)
Security Update
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)
Tech Business
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)
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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