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March 18, 2013
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  • An IT sales transformation is under way
    There is no denying a transformation of how companies buy IT products and services is taking place, although the final results are likely still a few years away, Barb Darrow writes. Vendors and partners who don't catch on early could find themselves having difficulty keeping clients and maintaining revenue as more businesses want to try products before buying and are looking to open-source and other new technology options, Darrow writes. GigaOm (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Lenovo touts better touch pad, slender look for ThinkPad
    Lenovo has introduced the ThinkPad T431s, which weighs 24% less than earlier models and eliminates some buttons in favor of expanded touch-pad functionality. The redesigned model retains its red tracker button. "We don't change things all that often. We put in a lot of thought into all we did," said Alysia Baker, worldwide product marketing manager at Lenovo. The company also is preparing a contactless payment capability featuring an embedded near-field communication reader. Network World/IDG News Service (3/17), eWeek (3/17), Engadget (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Channel 
  • Samsung taps 2 execs to share CEO role
    Samsung Electronics now has two CEOs, both of them from internal business units. Yoon Boo-keun, who headed the vendor's consumer-electronics division, and J.K. Shin, who ran Samsung's telecoms division, were named co-CEOs. The Wall Street Journal (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IT Workforce 
  • Cisco: We can do better in supporting women in IT
    Cisco CEO John Chambers says managers need to find ways to help women advance and succeed in IT. The move follows a discussion with Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, Chambers says. "While I have always considered myself sensitive to and effective on gender issues in the workplace, my eyes were opened in new ways and I feel a renewed sense of urgency to make the progress," Chambers wrote in an internal e-mail. eWeek (3/17), Computerworld (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Republicans turn to technology
    The Republican Party is launching a digital platform aimed at attracting donors and establishing better communication with voters as part of its quest to rejuvenate membership and political strength. The project, a collaboration with Silicon Valley investment firms and directed by Karl Rove, is also aimed at closing the digital divide, supporters says. The Wall Street Journal (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CompTIA News 
  • CompTIA's Annual Member Meeting keynotes consider connecting with customers
    At AMM, sports agent, author and speaker Molly Fletcher shared lessons she's learned in the arena of professional sports that are applicable to the IT industry, and CompTIA President and CEO Todd Thibodeaux shared a preview of some of the new initiatives coming from the association in 2013. Get the full story. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA's Telecom Advisory Council holds first formal meeting
    CompTIA's Telecom Advisory Council met for the first time at the association's Annual Member Meeting last week. The meeting saw the new council in the initial stages of defining its goals. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Best practices for growing services explored at AMM
    During a meeting of the CompTIA IT Services and Support Community last week, IT services executives considered a world where smart customers expect and demand more from their suppliers, and a strong and vibrant services component is essential for long-term growth and success. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: March 18, 2013
    35% of companies say that determining cost/ROI of providing mobile solutions has been a difficulty in implementing a mobility strategy. CompTIA IT SmartStat. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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