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August 29, 2012
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  • Survey: Video callers want ease of use, interoperability with Skype
    A Cisco Systems survey indicates that a majority of U.S.-based video-calling consumers want the technology to be easier to use and more interoperable when using Skype with other video services. Cisco's David Hsieh says those demands present the network-gear-maker with an opportunity. "Video calling is becoming increasingly prevalent. Interoperability will enable broad connectivity, and then you can unleash a whole set of economic and social benefits," Hsieh says. Network World/IDG News Service (8/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
[Free eBook] Hacking Value Delivery: The CIO and the Age of the Customer
CIOs today have a wealth of opportunity available to them in the Age of the Customer, and they play an even more paramount role in their organization as enterprises become increasingly digital and customer-centric. Unfortunately, CIOs are also up against outdated notions of their role - and limited budgets. As a result, too few CIOs have fully embraced the opportunity to drive their businesses into the customer age. Learn how to make the cultural change to a customer-first approach with this free eBook. Get it now.

  Technology & Trends 
  • Report: Definition of cloud computing still trips up many users
    The tech industry is furthering the acceptance of cloud computing in the U.S., but a survey suggests the industry needs to work harder to educate people on exactly what the cloud is. A poll of more than 1,000 American adults commissioned by Citrix found that while 97% of respondents are using the cloud today, only 16% were able to identify it as a hosted data network, while about a fifth admitted they have pretended to know what the cloud is even though they do not. eWeek (8/28), Telecompetitor.com (8/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Thinking Outside the Box
To stay relevant, companies need to spend as much time generating ideas for the future as they do running their businesses today. Read Boomtown: Think Like a Startup

  IT Channel 
 
  • "Playbook" outlines Oracle's plans in HCM market
    A leaked internal "playbook" outlines Oracle's approach to the human-capital-management market and how it plans to use its acquisition of Taleo, a talent-management-application provider, to make it happen. The strategy document offers insight for partners on areas such as how to approach potential clients and proper marketing positioning of the technology in a sales pitch. ITWorld.com/IDG News Service (8/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Considerations for VoLTE Implementations
VoLTE is a critical tool for service providers to improve voice performance and capacity while reducing cost. F5 plays a key role in VoLTE—bringing signaling delivery, policy enforcement, load balancing, security, and routing of billing records to an LTE environment—and solving these challenges prior to VoLTE deployments. Learn More — Download the White Paper Now

  IT Workforce 
  • Don't let a need for perfection sidetrack you
    A surprising number of overachievers feel like failures because they don't see their work as "perfect," Anjali Mullany writes. Worse, such people often don't start projects unless they feel they have to the time to do them perfectly, and then they end up rushing to complete them at the last minute. Fast Company online (8/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Power grid faces cybersecurity issues, FERC warns
    The U.S. electrical grid may be vulnerable to "fast-moving cybersecurity threats," the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in response to inquiries by Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine. The idea to allow 20-year digital signatures for access to computer systems may make grid systems less secure, the commission said. CNET (8/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Republicans take aim at White House cybersecurity strategy
    Republicans issued a rebuke of President Barack Obama's cybersecurity policy, saying it relies too heavily on restrictive regulations and does little to encourage information sharing between the public and private sectors. In its official party platform, the GOP says that holding companies to specific standards -- as the White House has suggested -- would expand government bureaucracy, and Republicans want to focus instead on fostering a "collaborative relationship" between government and industry. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (8/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Buy CompTIA certifications from anywhere in the world
    IT professionals worldwide now can buy certification exams directly from CompTIA, thanks to an expansion of the CompTIA Marketplace. The marketplace website allows visitors to pick their country before browsing, which provides for more localized content and information. It's part of our broader effort to make IT certifications more accessible to growing markets where IT skills are in demand. Learn which global markets are now available online. Plus CompTIA members continue to get discounts on their certifications. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TechVoice
    TechVoice provides the IT community with timely information about state and federal IT legislation and regulations, as well as an organized method to become an instant advocate for the IT channel. Sign up for action alerts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Service providers gain new industry opportunity
    Law firms rely heavily on technology and currently utilize a variety of IT products, systems and software. New opportunities for solution providers lie with emerging technologies and solutions that reduce complexity, add capabilities or improve efficiencies. CompTIA provides resources for solution providers to understand the legal industry, its challenges and processes. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Aug. 29, 2012
    61% of businesses have addressed company data that can and cannot be placed in the cloud in their new/updated IT policies. CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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