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March 20, 2013
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  • HP's ElitePad 900 tablet targets enterprise users
    Hewlett-Packard's ElitePad 900 tablet is intended to provide business users a powerful and secure mobile computing experience, Doug Drinkwater writes. The Windows 8 device features a 10.1-inch screen with resolution of 1280 by 800 and a 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor. The tablet's standard buttons and jacks are conveniently located, Drinkwater writes, and it has a fashionable design that is thinner than the iPad and a slew of optional accessories, including the Expansion Jacket, which boosts its battery life. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • Sequester cuts could put pressure on CIOs to do more with less
    The technology sector can expect long-term effects from federal budget cuts, including damage to job growth and business development, experts say. Industry consultant Jonathan Hassell writes that tech executives should be prepared to postpone hardware and software purchases in favor of cloud-based solutions, to tap Big Data to boost efficiency and to adopt a "macro" outlook that involves more engagement with business leaders. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Channel 
  • Fusion-io acquires ID7
    Fusion-io says it's buying ID7, maker of the SCST Linux storage technology, to advance its software-defined-storage strategy and its intentions to build software for an all-flash data-center environment. The two companies have collaborated on open-source and commercial SCST subsystems in the past. The Register (U.K.) (3/19), GigaOm (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
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  IT Workforce 
  • Rackspace announces cloud-training center
    Rackspace says it has established an Open Cloud Academy to help IT professionals attain certification in cloud management and deployment, and to offer training for military veterans. "As cloud adoption increases, companies stand to reduce IT costs and become more agile; however, with not enough people properly trained in these cutting-edge technologies, organizations are missing the boat," Rackspace Chairman Graham Weston said. (U.K.) (3/19), Network World (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Policy Watch 
  • Cyberespionage taking a toll on U.S. firms, experts testify
    Thousands of U.S. companies of all sizes may have been victims of Chinese-backed cyberespionage, according to executives from the security firm Mandiant, who accuse China of seeking a back door to innovation by stealing other companies' intellectual property. In testimony Tuesday before a Senate Armed Services subcommittee, Kevin Mandia and Richard Bejtlich said the target of the attacks is typically data on product development and business strategy -- with small and midsized businesses especially vulnerable since they lack the resources to adequately protect themselves. The Wall Street Journal/Corruption Currents blog (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Feds investigate potential bribery by Microsoft, partners
    The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into whether Microsoft and any of its partners were involved in alleged bribery and kickback activity regarding software deals made abroad. "Like every large company with operations around the world, we sometimes receive allegations about potential misconduct by employees or business partners," said John Frank, Microsoft vice president and deputy general counsel. "We cooperate fully in any government inquiries." The Wall Street Journal (3/19), Bloomberg (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
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  CompTIA News 
  • The Age of Personal Learning
    The training industry has entered "the Age of Personal Learning," in which individuals expect to take control of their own personal learning experiences and organizations will have to adjust to meet those expectations -- this according to Doug Howard, chief executive officer and founder of, a market intelligence firm that studies the global training industry. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobility is more than access -- it's changing business
    During a meeting of CompTIA's Mobility Community at the association's Annual Member Meeting, Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis and market research at CompTIA, discussed how mobility is changing the business workflow. Learn more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IT Services and Support Community discusses credential clearinghouse
    CompTIA's IT Services and Support Community is investigating the feasibility of creating an industry-wide clearinghouse to validate and track technical certifications held by IT service technicians. Get the full story. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: March 20, 2013
    33% of companies say that the skill level of IT staff with mobile solutions has made it difficult to implement a mobility strategy. CompTIA IT SmartStat. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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