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March 8, 2013
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  • Will the new Intel CEO close a foundry deal with Apple?
    Apple could shift its chip-making contracts to another company, possibly Intel, Noel Randewich and Nadia Damouni write in this analysis. With the choice of CEO Paul Otellini's successor close at hand, an Apple-Intel foundry deal might be a signal achievement for the new CEO, they note. Alex Gauna of JMP Securities said, "The new CEO will have a very large opportunity to take this to the next level. Those discussions about taking on Apple as a foundry customer are going to be very complex and very contentious." Apple and Intel declined to comment. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.)/Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • BSA: U.S. among top 5 when it comes to cloud readiness
    Japan is the top cloud-ready country, with Australia, the U.S., Germany and Singapore right behind, a Business Software Alliance report said. What that exactly means can be debated, David Meyer writes, as countries were assessed on a wide range of areas, from free trade to security practices as well as their support for standards. Reuters (3/7), GigaOm (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Channel 
  • Network startup plumps up bankroll to compete with Cisco
    Pertino Networks, a startup networking-as-a-service player, now has $20 million more in the bank from investors, which will help expand its Cloud Network Engine product strategy and face off against competitor Cisco. "We foresee these funds as being able to take us a very long way down the road towards -- if not all the way to -- profitability," said Pertino's Todd Krautkremer. The Register (U.K.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amazon finds success with EC2 Spot Instances strategy
    It's taken four years but Amazon's EC2 Spot Instances, which lets the Web services provider dole out spare processing power by the hour to the high bidders, is paying off and gives Amazon yet another competitive edge over Google and Microsoft, Ari Levy writes. Amazon Web Services revenue is predicted to be $3.8 billion this year, and hit $8.8 billion in just two years. Bloomberg (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Workforce 
  • Why the IT skills shortage may really be about compensation
    Some IT industry watchers claim there is a critical talent shortage, while others feel it's more of a pay/wage issue and that companies advocating for more immigrant visas and green cards to acquire needed skills just want to pay less compensation. Peter Cappelli, professor of management and director of the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School, said the talent crunch is more an affordability issue than an actual shortage of skilled IT workers. InformationWeek (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Pitfalls continue to hamper Senate cybersecurity effort
    Members of the Senate commerce and homeland security committees took up the issue of cybersecurity in a special session Thursday, where administration witnesses -- including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano -- pressed for legislative action, but the tone of the discussion revealed that little has changed in the partisan climate that hampered two similar efforts last year. Democrats, led by Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, continue to favor rules requiring private firms to disclose information about breaches, while Republicans remain concerned about the burden additional restrictions would place on the private sector. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CompTIA News 
  • Four tips for doing business in the health care sector
    For just about everyone on the outside looking in, the health care sector can be a strange and puzzling place. Nonetheless, for IT solution providers willing to invest some time and energy, the health care sector can provide a wealth of opportunities. CompTIA recently published its 4th Annual Healthcare IT Insights and Opportunities research study to take the pulse of small and midsized physician practices to better understand where opportunities may lie. Click here to get four key takeaways from the study. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free invite to the ChannelPro Live event in Long Beach, Calif., on April 10
    ChannelPro offers a limited number of free VIP passes to the ChannelPro SMB Forum event -- a $299 value. This one-day event features educational sessions built around a discussion format, so attendees can get all of their questions answered by our expert presenters. CompTIA will also be on hand offering free training. Visit here for details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA members benefit from certification discount
    CompTIA solution provider members are eligible to receive a voucher good for an 80% discount on the first certification they purchase and a 15% discount on further certification purchases. Vendor and distributor members are also eligible for the 15% discount. To learn more, contact LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: March 8, 2013
    42% of companies that have adopted mobility solutions say a higher need for employee availability is driving mobility adoption. CompTIA IT SmartStat. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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