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February 1, 2013
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  • IT controls on SaaS should be looser, EasyJet exec says
    Business users should be free to implement software-as-a-service applications with less interference from the IT department, says Bert Craven of EasyJet. "There have been secret PCs under people's desks as long as there have been PCs -– stuff that IT didn't know about. IT has to decide the level of control that it really needs, not the level of control that it wants," Craven says. He said, however, that IT should provide security for SaaS offerings. Computerworld UK (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • Microsoft: F# is well-suited to parallel programming for Big Data
    Microsoft is touting the F# programming language for Big Data applications, with executive Don Syme saying "it reduces the time to deployment for analytical software components. You find that kind of programming, particularly in finance and insurance industries, but also in a wide range of scientific or data-oriented or data-intensive programming domains." InfoWorld (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile & Wireless 
  • HP eyes cloud-based ID system to manage users' mobile settings
    Hewlett-Packard says it wants to ease the management of mobile devices and wireless networks with a cloud-based system to identify users and optimize settings in different situations. HP said its Mobile Personal Grid could also help companies manage personal devices that employees bring to work. "There's so much burden that the user has today to get connected to the network. This is automatic ad hoc networking," HP's Paul Congdon said. News Service (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Job opportunities for iOS developers dropped in Q4
    Job postings for iOS application developers decreased in the fourth quarter compared with the previous quarter, says. Android job postings increased by 7% during the quarter, and Windows 8's launch helped triple the number of opportunities available for developing Microsoft desktop apps, the website said. "[I]t might seem that the simplest explanation is that developers see Android's lead in sheer global numbers and are developing accordingly," Eric Mack writes. CNET/Crave blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Security & Privacy 
  • Football-themed apps may do more than give the score, firm says
    Mobile applications tied to National Football League franchises and other football themes often include terms of service that allow the apps to look at the user's contact list and make phone calls on their own, according to IP Lasso, a firm that tracks a variety of apps. While some apps have NFL licenses, others don't, so IP Lasso has produced an interface that warns paying users of copyright and privacy breaches. Adweek (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government IT 
  • Hagel: We need to use every tool to fight cyberattacks
    The U.S. needs to use every tool possible to protect against cyberattacks, said Chuck Hagel, the nominee for defense secretary, during a confirmation hearing. "I believe that the defense, homeland security and law enforcement communities should work together, and with our private-sector partners, to improve network defenses, share information on cyberthreats and ensure swift response to threats when they manifest themselves," Hagel said at the Senate hearing. Federal Computer Week (1/31) , The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Register now for the Premier Government IT Conference, CloudGOV 2013
    Register now and plan to join us at CloudGOV, Feb. 12 in Washington, D.C. Learn how Cloud First, FedRAMP, data center consolidation and mobile strategies will influence agency procurement going forward, and see the latest innovations from service providers. Register to join colleagues from federal, state and local government, as well as vendors representing all segments of the public sector as they discuss the latest innovations in government IT. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Which events do you plan on attending in 2013?
    Please take a few minutes to participate in SIIA's annual Industry Event Survey to tell us which conferences and events you plan to attend this year. We'll share the survey results so you can get a good idea where to find your best opportunities. The survey closes today, so please take a few minutes to complete it now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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