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December 27, 2012
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  • Why Microsoft's innovation issues may hit Apple too
    Microsoft's Windows faced significant innovation challenges as user expectations and an existing framework limited the ability to try things. Apple may soon face the same trap with its mobile operating system, Jack Gold writes. "The innovation curve is real and affects all products. But the hyper-inflation of new products categories seems to make people forget this. We will see a slowing in the amount of innovation of products over time as they fall into the legacy trap," Gold writes. VentureBeat (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Cloud Computing 
  • Yoics looks to provide cloud access for apps and devices
    CrunchFund is giving Yoics a $1 million investment for its cloud service that can connect a variety of devices. The service provides cloud access to applications and hardware features, such as cameras, while respecting user privacy. The company anticipates a "future that will demand a far more sophisticated cloud that serves as more of a stack of thin and thick middleware-type environments that provide us with access and control of all the discreet and subtle aspects of everything we know and understand," Alex Williams writes. TechCrunch (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile & Wireless 
  Security & Privacy 
  • Security will be front and center next year and beyond, IBM says
    IBM's Steve Robinson says he expects enterprise IT security to be a major focus for IT leaders as well as legal and business-development teams within the enterprise. IBM predicts cloud security will become more routine and that mobile devices will overshadow laptops in terms of how secure they have become. ITBusinessEdge.com (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amazon faces criticism for security flaw, cloud outage
    Amazon customer service needs to work to address a security flaw, says Chris Cardinal of Synapse Studios, who details how obtaining an Amazon order number allows a third party to hijack the delivery of a purchase. Meanwhile, Amazon Web Services suffered an embarrassing failure of its cloud services on Christmas Eve -- its third significant service failure of the year -- when Netflix customers were unable to stream videos for several hours. CSO (12/26) , Reuters (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Government IT 
  • The SOPA controversy of 2012 and what it means for 2013
    There was a tidal wave of public opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act this year, but the issue could still resurface in the coming year, Patrick Thibodeau writes. Copyright measures could be broken up among a variety of smaller bills, rather than bundled into one comprehensive measure, he notes. Immigration issues related to tech hiring, online sales taxes and cybersecurity could also prove to be major issues in 2013. Computerworld (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Save the Date for Premier Government IT Conference, CloudGOV 2013
    Save the dates and plan to join us at next year's CloudGOV conference on 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. Take advantage of leftover budget by considering a sponsorship or saving with early-bird registration. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to sell the way your customers want to buy
    With the onset of social media and mobile technology, marketing and sales professionals face a non-traditional sales cycle. Sellers are no longer in charge of the customer buying process and the customer expects immediate responses and results. If you are struggling to deliver this demand, then listen to this pre-recorded webinar featuring revenue coach and author Kristin Zhivago on How to Sell the Way Your Customers Want to Buy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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