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October 5, 2012
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  • 2 Cisco executives move up on list to replace CEO
    Two executives at Cisco Systems have been given the title of president, potentially putting them at the top of a list of 10 prospects to succeed CEO John Chambers. Gary Moore is also chief operating officer, and Robert Lloyd will continue as sales chief while adding supervision of engineering. Chambers, who has served as CEO for 17 years, is expected to step down within the next four years. Bloomberg (10/5), The Wall Street Journal (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • There is no fast lane to Big Data, and other lessons from TechAmerica
    Government agencies making the transition to a Big Data strategy should expect slow, deliberate progression rather than sudden, dramatic change, and the place to start that process is with a strong foundation in training and education, according to a report from the TechAmerica Foundation. Among other things, the study recommends that agencies build on existing IT architecture rather than initiate a top-down restructuring, work with other agencies that are on the same path and bolster research and development efforts to stay ahead of new technologies. eWeek (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ultraslim PCs expected to burn up the market in the next few years
    In 2011, 3.4 million ultraslim PCs were shipped worldwide and the number is predicted to spike to 65 million by 2015, according to data from NPD DisplaySearch. The growth will be spurred by lower prices and the devices' similar feel to tablets. "Ultraslim PCs are the notebook market's response to tablets and aim to balance performance and convenience," said Richard Shim, senior analyst at NPD DisplaySearch. CNET (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IT Channel 
  • Vendor efforts aren't jump-starting open source cloud use
    A survey indicates that in spite of increasing activity by vendors, adoption of open source cloud computing is still tepid, according to cloud management company Zenoss. Less than 1 in 5 of those polled say they are using an open source cloud management platform. The most popular platform is OpenStack, with a hold on 50% of the market. Network World (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Workforce 
  • Are you networking or coordinating?
    It's easy to network with people these days, but doing something with the relationship is much more tricky -- and more valuable. "A good networker knows they can own a room just by walking into it," Jessica Titlebaum says. "But the real secret isn’t in giving out business cards. It’s in identifying synergies and coordinating results. It is then that you take networking to the next level." The Glass Hammer blog (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.K. businesses support new IT skills framework effort
    A skills framework developed by the National Skills Academy in the U.K. is being embraced by members of that country's business sector, as it's aimed at helping provide tech professionals with more training and skills qualification. The effort features an online professional profile for workers and an opportunity for companies to provide greater detail on available job openings and required skills needed. (U.K.) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Lawmaker: Financial cybersecurity threats have "unusual" source
    Recent cybersecurity threats to the country's financial networks are coming from an "unusual" source, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., who failed to clarify his statement. Rogers did allude to his concern about increasing cyber-espionage by Iran: "I think [Iran is] closer than we'd all like them to be to come in and cause trouble on our financial services networks." Reuters (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report calls into question DHS role in cybersecurity
    A recent bipartisan congressional report highlighting inefficiencies at the Department of Homeland Security proves the agency is not up to the task of leading the nation's cybersecurity efforts, Senate Republicans say. The report -- issued by Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla. -- found waste and redundancies at DHS intelligence-sharing centers and is serving as ammunition for critics of White House cybersecurity policy who oppose top-down efforts such as those in Independent Conn. Sen. Joe Lieberman's failed cybersecurity measure. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CompTIA News 
  • UC3 Summit
    Presented by and sponsored by CompTIA, the UC3 Summit, scheduled to run Nov. 4 to 6 in San Diego, Calif., offers VAR, MSP and telecom dealer executives the opportunity to learn, discuss and build new relationships around UC, collaboration, cloud and mobility. Register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • mHealth Summit
    Join leaders from across the ecosystem to advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes around the world at the 2012 mHealth Summit, sponsored by CompTIA. Attendees access 400 exhibitors and sponsors, 250 speakers in 80 sessions and 4,500 leaders from 50 countries.  Use code "CompTIA12" to register and save $50 off a full access pass. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get answers to your market-research questions in a snap
    Twenty-six percent of respondents to CompTIA's recent study "Trends in Enterprise Mobility" are using VoIP as an official corporate application, while 9% choose to get it from outside their IT department. Get quick access to such stats using the new CompTIA ReSEARCH Engine, which draws data from thousands of records. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Oct. 5, 2012
    59% of companies believe that the cost to capture, store, manage and use data is higher today compared to two years ago. CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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