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March 26, 2013
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  • Dell fights to show its software side
    John Swainson of Dell says the software unit he leads has annual revenue of over $1 billion and employs 6,000 people, yet Dell still faces challenges in establishing its brand as a software vendor. "Dell's first challenge is going to customers and showing the breadth of what we do," he says. "People still associate Dell with desktop PCs. If you do a word association game Dell equals PCs." Separately, Dell's Matt Griffiths writes about how the company implemented Microsoft's Dynamics AX software and saved an estimated $50 million a year in manufacturing software costs. ZDNet (3/26) , Forbes/MicrosoftDynamicsVoice blog (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Cloud Computing 
  • Oracle to acquire Tekelec to push deeper into telecom sector
    Oracle says it has a deal to acquire Tekelec, which makes components that help manage the delivery of mobile data to smartphones and tablets. The deal reinforces Oracle's goal to become an important provider to the telecom industry, Chris Kanaracus writes. "What we'd like to become is one of the most strategic suppliers to telcos overall, which involves broadening our footprint of what we supply them," CEO Larry Ellison said last week. The Wall Street Journal (3/25) , Techworld (U.K.) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ICANN offers clearinghouse for Internet trademarks
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is initiating a trademark-clearinghouse service, registering trademarks for $95 to $150 a year. The SIIA's Keith Kupferschmid advises trademark owners to get involved with the program to protect their brands. "We've been telling brand owners it's not that expensive to protect themselves and they ought to do it," Kupferschmid says. Techworld (U.K.) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cisco continues on acquisition course outside the U.S.
    Cisco Systems' acquisition of Austria-based SolveDirect to expand its cloud-services and data-sharing tool kits reflects a strategy to be more than a network vendor and reaffirms that CEO John Chambers is serious about pursuing acquisitions outside of the U.S., Jeffrey Burt writes. eWeek (3/25) , Business Insider (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
5 tips for managing negative online comments
The Internet gives your customers a voice online, but what can you do when that voice is yelling negative comments? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

  Mobile & Wireless 
 
  • Yahoo acquires 17-year-old's Summly reader
    The Summly reader application developed by London teen Nick D'Aloisio has been acquired by Yahoo for a price estimated in the tens of millions. The draw reportedly was Summly's algorithm that automatically summarizes news articles in 400 words for easy reading on mobile devices. "Our vision is to simplify how we get information, and we are thrilled to continue this mission with Yahoo!'s global scale and expertise," D'Aloisio said in a post. Forbes (3/25) , The Wall Street Journal (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile browsing continues to grow, stats show
    The use of mobile Web browsers increased by 26% from November through February, and it nearly doubled in the previous 12 months and more than tripled in the previous 24 months, Web metrics firm Net Applications says. Apple's Safari accounted for 55.4% of mobile browsing in February, compared with 22.8% for the Android mobile browser and the Opera Mini's 12.7%, Net Applications says. Computerworld (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Security & Privacy 
 
  • Don't count on anonymity in mobile location data, researchers say
    Researchers say they were able to take so-called "anonymized" data about users of mobile devices and easily identify those individuals based on other data, such as tweets on Twitter. "The way we move and the behavior is so unique that four points are enough to identify 95% of people," said researcher Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. BBC (3/25) , The Register (U.K.) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Government IT 
 
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

  SIIA News 
  • Register for the industry's leading ISV conference, AATC13
     
    Join us May 7 to 9 in San Francisco for SIIA's All About the Cloud conference. Your success in today's ever-changing world of technological innovation around the cloud, mobile and social media can depend on the strength of your relationships with the right strategic partners and vendors. So our primary focus for AATC 2013 is to help you make contacts, form partnerships and close deals. Take advantage of early-bird pricing by registering today or considering a sponsorship. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The State of Software Monetization
    As the Internet changes the way organizations conduct business and how they secure their critical intellectual property, companies are continuously struggling to find a balance between business enablement and security. Safenet and the Software & Information Industry Association announced their finding from a survey, which shows software developers continue to view security and business enablement as mutually exclusive. Look at the findings here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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