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January 10, 2013
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The Game Changer 
  • More small businesses cut costs with shift to the cloud
    Startups and small businesses report trimming thousands of dollars a year from their bottom lines by adopting cloud-based storage solutions that eliminate the need to maintain and manage costly servers. Bill Hipsher, business development director for US Storage Search, says a decision to migrate call center operation and Web hosting offsite cut monthly IT costs by $7,000, which will allow the company to add as many as 40 employees this year. However, some entrepreneurs say security concerns continue to make the cloud a hard sell with some clients. "They're all afraid someone's going to steal their information because they don't understand the cloud," says Los Angeles financial planner Louis Barajas. The Wall Street Journal (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • Dell markets reconfigured Windows tablet to small business
    Dell is offering a lower-cost, trimmed-down version of its Latitude 10 tablet that it says is ideal for small and mid-sized businesses and educators. The Windows 8 device has most of the features of the full-price version and will be available in 64 GB and 32 GB versions. IT PRO (London) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Most businesses complacent about cyberthreats, report finds
    The business community is not doing enough to protect itself against cyberattacks, according to a report that found most enterprises operate under the illusion that they are not vulnerable to attack. While about three-quarters of the companies polled for Deloitte's sixth annual Global TMT Security Study say they are concerned about third-party breaches, 88% of technology, media and telecommunications firms say they don't think they're at risk for an attack. ComputerWeekly.com (U.K.) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Samsung: BYOD will be the standard next year
    A Samsung-IDG study says the bring-your-own-device trend will be standard operating procedure for companies in 2014, although data security will remain a challenge to IT organizations. "Bring-your-own-device is at a tipping point as mobile devices are becoming a central hub for our lives," said Tim Baxter, president of Samsung in the U.S. eWeek (1/9), ComputerWeekly.com (U.K.) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • An innovation lesson from the original "Star Trek"
    If you're putting together an innovation team, you might be tempted to fill it with people who view the world through the same highly logical lens used by the character Spock on the original "Star Trek," Jeffrey Phillips writes. But the truth is the most successful teams also include people who rely on emotions, such as Captain Kirk. This is because "[t]he world is far more unpredictable, capricious, fickle than Spock expects," Phillips explains. Innovate on Purpose (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • CIOs earmarked more dollars for SaaS in Q4
    Technology executives are increasingly turning their attention -- and their money -- to software-as-a-service solutions, such as those offered by Salesforce.com, Workday and SAP, according to data from Pacific Crest Securities. The survey, which tracks the spending priorities of CIOs, found that SaaS jumped seven places on a ranking of tech spending priorities -- more than any other solution -- although security and private clouds continue to garner the lion's share of enterprise IT budgets. All Things D (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Scientists get first film of mysterious giant squid
    Scientists were able to capture the first video footage of a live giant squid by luring it into view with a smaller squid and a bioluminescent lure. The Discovery Channel will air a special about the giant squid on Jan. 27, using the new footage. "All of us were so amazed at what it looked like. It looked carved out of metal. And it would change from being silver to gold. It was just breathtaking," said Edie Widder, a marine biologist involved with the video-making effort. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Tech Now blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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SmartQuote 
Cyberattacks are now so sophisticated and commonplace that it is impossible to be fully protected."
--James Alexander, lead partner for TMT security at Deloitte, as quoted by ComputerWeekly.com (U.K.)
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