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October 11, 2012
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The Game Changer 
 
  • Survey: IT teams see less turnover, better salaries
    Turnover in IT departments was below the seven-year average, according to the annual Society for Information Management trend report, a trend experts attribute to a weak economy. The report found 60% of respondents increased salaries while 11% reported a decline in IT salary levels. The report also found chief information officers are remaining in their roles longer, averaging almost six years. Computerworld (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Emerging Tools 
  • Intel: Analytics, security hold key to M2M's development
    The future of machine-to-machine communications will rely more on how companies analyze and secure the petabytes of data sweeping around the globe rather than the technological act of moving them, Intel's director of M2M global business development said to developers this week prior to the start of the MobileCON show. "Moving Big Data around is not the object. It's all about analytics, and doing something useful with the data is key to increasing M2M deployments," Rick Lisa said. TelecomEngine.com (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Wireless sector calls for government collaboration on cybersecurity
    A majority of mobile carriers say the devices they support are susceptible to cyber-attack and that more cooperation is needed between the U.S. government and the wireless sector to protect consumers, a survey finds. According to a poll of 500 IT professionals by CTIA, a lack of information sharing between the public and private sectors remains a critical flaw in national cybersecurity strategy. "As the IT professionals have identified in this survey, in order to do this, public and private organizations must be able to share information so we can better secure our networks and protect our customers," said Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA. GovTech.com (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • U.N. event hosts patent litigation discussion between major tech firms
    Top IT vendors including Google and Apple participated in a U.N.-sponsored roundtable event this week focused on reforming patent litigation without hindering tech innovation. Google, according to its legal chief, David Drummond, "is walking a fine line as it seeks reforms in the U.S. patent system" while still aiming to keep itself out of legal trouble. CNET (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • When recruiting for Big Data, think outside the box
    Companies seeking to bolster their Big Data efforts with new staff are likely to find a shortage of qualified professionals for the job, but some firms are discovering the so-called talent gap is easier to bridge by expanding their search to include skill sets not typically associated with computer science. Data-intensive academic fields such as biology incorporate many of the same skills required by IT fields, experts say. Candidates should have business skills, experience with math and large data sets and coding ability -- but two out of three will do in a pinch, one expert notes. CIO.com/IDG News Service (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to streamline your organization
    Nearly every firm could stand to shed some of its flab, efficiency consultant Andrew Jensen says. Better training and organization can help, but the real key is to carefully monitor costs for signs of waste. "I encourage business owners to evaluate, evaluate, evaluate," Jensen says. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Complex brains evolved earlier than once thought, scientists say
    Researchers have discovered evidence that tiny arthropods living more than 500 million years ago contained advanced brain structures, calling into question previous theories about the evolution of modern insects. "No one expected such an advanced brain would have evolved so early in the history of multicellular animals," says University of Arizona researcher Nicholas Strausfeld, whose team made the discovery in a fossil belonging to the species Fuxianhuia protensa, which lived 520 million years ago. TG Daily (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • What is the greatest B2B pain your company feels?
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Inability to scale B2B processes with company growth
Lack of visibility across B2B transactions and supply chain

SmartQuote 
Data is data. Industry vertical really isn't going to be the key driver. It's going to be what did you do with the data, how large of an environment was it."
--Laura Kelley, vice president at technology staffing firm Modis, as quoted by CIO.com/IDG News Service
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