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January 18, 2013
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  • Where are the private-cloud pitfalls?
    The "unwritten guiding principles" of legacy IT organizations often are to blame for the failure of private-cloud initiatives, Ken Copas of GlassHouse Technologies writes. "IT initiatives should be business-driven with service consumers and stakeholders identified and engaged from the beginning to clearly define the problem or need for new functionality being addressed," Copas writes. (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Chip Kidd, award-winning graphic designer, has found inspiration for his 2,000 book covers in many places. See how the iconic paperclip inspires his latest design for this epic book collaboration about the modern workplace.
  Cloud Computing 
  • Atheon Analytics unlocks Big Data's secrets with visualization
    The only thing better for a business than having access to massive amounts of data is being able to present it in a way that makes sense to executives in the C-suite. A small but growing community of data scientists -- such as the team at U.K.-based Atheon Analytics -- is translating Big Data in visually compelling applications that unlock its meaning. "There's an awful lot of value in data, in telling a story from it," said Guy Cuthbert, Atheon's managing director. "A tremendous amount of the work we end up doing is teaching people how to think creatively about what they're doing with their data." InformationWeek (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Application integration has become key
    Application integration is emerging as a hot topic in IT amid the increased use of mobile devices and software-as-a-service offerings, Loraine Lawson writes. "That's because when businesses share data with a SaaS provider, they're interacting with the application -- and not a data warehouse. So you have to focus on integration at the application level," Lawson writes. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Talk is growing about 2 pending mobile operating systems
    Two planned mobile operating systems, Firefox and Sailfish, are expected this year, Matt Hamblen writes. ZTE has said it may offer a Firefox-based smartphone in Europe, and Sailfish has drawn comparisons with the user interface of Windows Phone 8, Hamblen writes. Computerworld (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government IT 
  • Lawmakers take aim at mobile apps over privacy concerns
    A draft bill in the House of Representatives would place stringent restrictions on developers of mobile applications, giving consumers the option of discontinuing service and having all data collection halted. The proposed Application Privacy, Protection, and Security Act -- which would also require app providers to obtain consent before collecting user data -- is paralleled by similar privacy efforts by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. News Service (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Register now for the Premier Government IT Conference, CloudGOV 2013
    Register now and plan to join us at CloudGOV, 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. Register to join colleagues from federal, state and local government, as well as vendors representing all segments of the public sector as they discuss the latest innovations in government IT. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New videos added -- check out business strategies from industry experts
    Whether you are a member of a team at an emerging software company or established leader, we are all looking for best practices from successful companies. Check out these video highlights and advice from executives representing the software ecosystem taken at key industry events. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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