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November 27, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Software sector leads tech industry for jobs growth
    The technology sector added 100,000 new jobs in the first half of 2012, according to a report from the TechAmerica Foundation that found jobs growth in three out of four sectors analyzed. The software industry saw the largest increase -- adding more than 50,000 jobs in the first six months of the year -- followed by engineering and tech services and technology manufacturing, which together accounted for about 59,000 positions. Communications services, however, lost more than 10,000 jobs during the period. Network World/(free registration) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Emerging Tools 
  • Analysts consider lukewarm response to Windows 8
    Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system is not as hot with consumers as earlier versions of the company's products, according to analysts, who note that early sales are lagging those of previous iterations, including Windows 7. Charles King, principal analyst for Pund-IT, thinks the issue is tied to the new user interface -- which represents the first change to the UI in more than 20 years -- adding that consumers simply need time to adjust. eWeek (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • EU must loosen its purse strings on cybersecurity, analyst says
    The European Union is not spending enough on cybersecurity, according to critics who say the funding earmarked for research and development during the next eight years falls short of what is needed. The European Commission plans to increase cybersecurity spending 14% through 2020, with much of it going to a handful of projects, but Rik Ferguson, director of security research and communication at TrendMicro, says the government's commitment is "paltry" and not "commensurate" to spending by the private sector. CIO/IDG News Service (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • CIOs outline skills needed to get the top IT job
    Chief information officers say that when they're picking their successors, they look for five main traits. In-depth IT skills gained from working in many roles are necessary, but so are business acumen about customers and brand, an understanding of the role and focus of fellow internal business leaders and clearly identified wins in strategic IT decision making. "They may be brilliant technologists, but without the business engagement and leadership skills, they will not make it to the higher level," says Dave Bent, CIO of United Stationers. InformationWeek (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Raising employee awareness is critical to cybersecurity
    A company's cybersecurity preparedness is only as strong as its weakest link, according to Raphael Ouzan, founder of New York's BillGuard and a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, who says the biggest vulnerability facing small businesses is their employees. Ouzan recommends small businesses engage third-party security specialists to teach employees the basics of cybersecurity awareness, including password management and guidelines covering information sharing. The Washington Post/On Small Business blog (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Intentions can add context to your 2013 goals
    Smart bosses try to communicate their intentions, not just broad goals, argues Dana Theus. Sharing intentions lets workers use their judgment to adapt to rapidly changing situations. "Intentions are specifically designed to include the information necessary -- including a broader picture of success -- enabling you to be flexible, creative and innovative when reality throws you a curveball," Theus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Geeking Out 
SmartQuote 
Technology customers have proven to be remarkably resilient and enthusiastic about embracing new technology when they come along if they feel they'll get some good out of a product or they think that a product is incredibly cool."
--Charles King, principal analyst for Pund-IT, as quoted by eWeek
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