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October 3, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Poll: Talent scarcity many undermine advances in EHRs
    As technology for managing electronic health records advances, more health care providers are hoping to take advantage of federal incentives designed to encourage improvements in record keeping, but a recent survey of industry professionals finds a majority believe that qualifying under the meaningful use guidelines is a lost cause because of a shortage of available IT staff. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives interviewed 163 of its members and found that two-thirds say they lack sufficient staff, with many saying they face acute shortages of workers needed to implement software solutions that support EHRs, forcing more than one-fourth to outsource the work to third-party consultants. InformationWeek/InformationWeek Healthcare (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • IETF announces HTTP overhaul; version 2.0 will be more suited to multimedia
    The protocol used to connect billions of Web pages into the World Wide Web is getting an upgrade, according to an official from the Internet Engineering Task Force, which is working on a new version of Hypertext Transfer Protocol, commonly known as HTTP. Version 2.0 of HTTP will be based on the SPDY protocol developed by Google and is designed to address changes in the way people use the Internet since the early days of static Web pages. Computerworld/IDG News Service (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • For SMBs, cybersecurity is an uphill battle, not a lost cause
    With fewer resources to work with, small businesses have their work cut out for them when it comes to protecting their networks from cyber-attacks, but that's no excuse to drop the ball on cybersecurity, according to William Schrader of LeaseWeb USA. Schrader says that while SMBs will always be one step behind the most advanced cybercriminals, solutions such as low-cost firewalls and cybersecurity insurance enable businesses to protect their assets without breaking the bank. The Washington Post (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • HP chief to meet with analysts on turnaround strategy
    Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, has a meeting with Wall Street analysts today where she's expected to map out the struggling PC maker's turnaround strategy and its foray into new product and services territory. Some partners are extremely optimistic about her efforts. "Meg means business. If she implements and does what she says she wants to do, HP will become a major force in the industry once again," said Dean Cappellazzo, chief executive of Bedrock Technology Partners. But others are more conservative in their view of what lies ahead for HP and its struggle to remain relevant. Reuters (10/2), (U.S.) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing IT 
  • How certification can be a IT career enhancement tool
    Technical certification is a valuable credential to have when the skill in question ties directly to an IT professional's job requirements, but it's not a strategy for defining career success, writes Graeme Phillips, program manager for Autodesk certification and training in EMEA. "Certification should be seen as an educational process, a way to achieve further expertise throughout a candidate's lifetime, which not only accelerates personal development but improves productivity," he explains. (U.K.)/ITWorks blog (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Which do you believe is the biggest cybersecurity threat to your business?
    Hackers motivated by a desire for profit  33.33%
    Hackers motivated by amusement and the desire to impress their colleagues  33.33%
    Hackers motivated by nationalistic or religious impulses  19.35%
    Hackers motivated by activist principles  13.98%
  • Do you believe technical certifications are an effective way to advance an IT career?

Geeking Out 
Once a penetration or vulnerability is made available, the hacker community will know about it, and you simply have to play catch-up and avoid suffering more damage than necessary."
--William Schrader, CEO of LeaseWeb USA, as quoted by The Washington Post
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