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March 1, 2013
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  • Big Blue's CEO cites a bigger-than-expected boost from Big Data
    IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said the company will have $4 billion more in annual revenue from its data-analytics platform during the next two years than was previously estimated. Rometty said in an investor presentation that Big Data will generate $20 billion in annual sales through 2015, with high-margin software accounting for more of the company's profits. Bloomberg (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • How UEFI offers improvements over BIOS
    The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface offers improved security over BIOS, says Intel's Mark Doran, who is president of the UEFI Forum. "We wanted to figure out a way to make sure only code that can be trusted will run in that pre-OS space," he says. "With the motherboard ROM, you have to be careful about what gets updated there." News Service (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Ferris framework is touted for use with Google App Engine
    Cloud Sherpas is touting its open-source Python framework Ferris for creating applications with Google's App Engine. "Ferris is a significant accomplishment that will influence how millions of Google Apps developers build cloud and mobile applications," Cloud Sherpas' Douglas Shepard says. "... For CIOs and IT departments, Ferris could mean massive cost savings, richer end-user experiences and increased revenue from customer-facing applications." eWeek (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Security & Privacy 
  • Senate committees to take up cybersecurity next week
    Two Senate committees will hold a joint hearing next week to discuss how to implement President Barack Obama's executive order on cybersecurity and whether additional legislation is necessary. Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Tom Carper, D-Del., the respective chairs of the Senate Commerce and Homeland Security committees, were among the Senate Democrats that pushed for a law last year to broaden information sharing and establish cybersecurity guidelines for the private sector. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government IT 
  • Analysis: IT spending will drop because of federal budget cuts
    Automatic federal budget cuts scheduled to take effect today will hinder IT spending, Forrester Research's Andrew Bartels says. Forrester had predicted that IT spending would rise 7.5% this year, but because of the expected federal cuts, the firm says growth is likely to be lower. That could hurt the economy because federal purchases represent 8% to 10% of U.S. tech spending, Forrester says. Computerworld (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Committee plans ECPA update, probe of data brokers
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., says his panel is considering an update of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act that would make it necessary for police to get a warrant before accessing e-mails and other forms of electronic communication, including social media messages. Today law enforcement needs only a subpoena, issued without a judge's approval. In addition, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., says he would increase online-privacy protection and examine the role of data brokers. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Register for the industry's leading ISV conference, AATC13
    Join us May 7 to 9 in San Francisco for SIIA's All About the Cloud conference. Your success in today's ever-changing world of technological innovation around the cloud, mobile and social media can depend on the strength of your relationships with the right strategic partners and vendors. So our primary focus for AATC 2013 is to help you make contacts, form partnerships and close deals. Take advantage of early-bird pricing by registering today or considering a sponsorship. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Critical Success Factors for an Enterprise Mobile Strategy
    Organizations must fully develop an enterprise mobile strategy that considers both employee and customer facing aspects of today's continually expanding use of mobile technologies. It is important to consider the customer experience as they launch new products, services, and applications. Listen to this pre-recorded webcast featuring Grant Thornton as they share their experience of working with a broad array of companies highlighting the leading practices and some of the pitfalls that companies should guard against. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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