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October 12, 2012
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  • South Korea is ranked as top tech economy by ITU
    South Korea has the world's leading information-and-communication-technologies economy, according to an International Telecommunications Union study, which factored in IT skills, Internet users, broadband subscribers and mobile-phone users. Eight of the top 10 spots were occupied by European countries; the U.S. ranked 15th. The Register (U.K.) (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analyst: Consumers awaiting Windows 8 is factor in reduced PC sales
    A three-month decrease in PC sales can be tied at least in part to users delaying purchases as they await Microsoft's Windows 8, says Ezra Gottheil of Technology Business Research. "That a new operating system suppresses sales in the quarter preceding its availability is proven by history," Gottheil says. "It even happens to Apple." Network World (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Avaya targets SMBs with expanded outsourcing program
    Avaya wants to accelerate its push into communications outsourcing to target small and midsize businesses, which, analysts say, are feeling increasing pressure from complex support systems, multiple vendors and mounting customer demands. The company plans to add features to its managed hosted communications service, including "express" unified communications, Unified Messaging and Video solutions, and a Managed Assist offering that will provide comprehensive management and troubleshooting of a company's communications infrastructure. Network World (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brief peek indicates specs of Intel's Core i7-3970X processor
    Intel briefly posted specifications of its Core i7-3970X Extreme "Sandy Bridge-E" processor on its website, and the details were spotted by CPU World before they were taken down. The i7-3970X, made with a 32-nanometer process, will operate at 3.5GHz, with the potential to be pushed to 4GHz, according to the posting. Pricing is expected to be about $1,000. ZDNet (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Channel 
  • Virgo CEO sees the cloud as a game changer
    Cloud computing means a sea change for the channel community, writes John Siefert, CEO at Virgo, as partners have an opportunity to help customers make the transition. "A move to the cloud changes the game (a lot) and means traditional VARs need to think differently about recurring revenue models, service level agreements, etc., while also considering the business-impact shifts their customers will go through," Siefert writes. Channel Partners/Creating Business Value blog (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Workforce 
  • When others fail, your team can learn how to succeed
    People tend to learn more easily from the mistakes of others than from their own missteps, researchers say. That's a cognitive quirk that leaders can exploit to ensure workers adapt and learn quickly regardless of who was originally at fault, writes David Burkus. "[P]erhaps leaders need to spend more time reframing individual failures as positive learning experiences," Burkus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Skills diversity is valued in data-job market
    Tech professionals seeking Big Data jobs don't necessarily need traditional IT skills to make the grade, Fred O'Connor writes. Scientific, mathematical and analysis capabilities are part of the skills requirement in many data-processing roles, he writes. CIO.com/IDG News Service (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Get answers to your market-research questions in a snap
    Twenty-six percent of respondents to CompTIA's recent study "Trends in Enterprise Mobility" are using VoIP as an official corporate application, while 9% choose to get it from outside their IT department. Get quick access to such stats using the new CompTIA ReSEARCH Engine, which draws data from thousands of records. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ITBGP Community launches assessment tool
    CompTIA's IT Business Growth Professionals Community has introduced a business assessment tool designed to allow small to medium-sized companies to assess their current position in a variety of business disciplines. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Oct. 12, 2012
    65% of businesses agree that if they could harness all of their data, they'd be a much stronger business. CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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