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January 4, 2013
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The Game Changer 
  • Short on innovation? Maybe you need a "chief rouser"
    Conventional C-suite roles such as chief marketing officer or chief financial officer tend to be too inward-looking to help drive innovation, writes Luis Gallardo. It often pays off to think creatively, creating offbeat titles so that "executives can feel a new sense of purpose and direction in how they manage," he writes. "New titles ... such as chief of reason, chief resilience officer, and chief rouser will open the door to innovation like never before," Gallardo argues. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • Gigabit Wi-Fi will move closer to reality this year
    Equipment-makers are eagerly preparing for the introduction of next-generation Wi-Fi, with a number of components already capable of supporting the gigabit speeds that the pending 802.11ac standard promises. Ratification of the IEEE protocol is expected by early 2014 at the latest, and the Wi-Fi Alliance is readying beta testing of the technology -- which will support as much as four times the throughput of current networks. Experts say carriers will likely introduce gigabit service in high-density areas before moving on to enterprise-based applications. Network World (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • NSA releases details about Perfect Citizen security program
    New details have emerged about a U.S. government program, now in its fourth year, designed to strengthen cybersecurity and protect critical infrastructure. Perfect Citizen -- which is administered by the National Security Agency and has raised concerns about domestic spying -- uses technology by Raytheon as well as "penetration testers" to probe vulnerabilities in the power grid. The Christian Science Monitor (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Gartner revises 2013 IT forecast as confidence returns to the market
    Shifting economic trends, including increased market confidence, will propel IT spending higher than expected in 2013, according to a revised forecast from Gartner. The research firm projects that demand for enterprise software will experience the sharpest increase, while device growth is expected to slow in part because of an influx of lower-cost Android tablets. TechCrunch (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • For SaaS success, always be selling
    Capitalizing on emerging software-as-a-service solutions requires rethinking old models of product delivery and adapting to a market where customers only pay for what they use and continued profitability depends on staying relevant. Experts say this means taking a wholly customer-focused approach to sales, marketing and support that engages end users through incentives and employs continuous monitoring and behavioral analysis to ensure end users are getting the most bang for their buck. "Start with small pilots, show user value, expand user base, and repeat. The customer succeeds when there is sustained user engagement," writes Jeetu Patel. VentureBeat (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Analysis: Innovation will still be king
    Companies are boosting research-and-development efforts and ramping up IT investment to benefit from areas such as cloud computing and virtualization, Ann Bednarz writes. "These are changing the way that businesses are delivering new products and services to their customers," says Andi Mann of CA Technologies. Network World (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Color me sated: Study finds tableware hues affect taste
    Home chefs looking to impress their guests may want to start paying more attention to what they're serving their food in, according to new research that finds the color of a plate, cup or bowl may have a decisive effect on the taste of what's in it. The study by researchers at Spain's Polytechnic University of Valencia was limited to hot chocolate and found that the steamy beverage was more enjoyable when served in a cream-colored or orange cup. Popular Science (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Editor's Note 
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Return on investment for a feature is only meaningful when the feature is used, not when it is made available."
--Jeetu Patel, general manager of EMC’s Syncplicity Business Unit, writing on SaaS at VentureBeat
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