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March 15, 2013
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  • Dell calls for group to help create SDN standards
    Dell has suggested the creation of a working committee on software-defined-networking standards within the Object Management Group, which builds integration standards for technologies. "OMG provides blueprints for people who want to build SDN in an open, meritocratic manner, so we are pleased to engage with this community," an unidentified Dell spokesperson wrote in an e-mail. Network World (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • VMware announces NSX product
    VMware says it's focused on helping businesses with software-defined data centers and storage, which it views as a key component of cloud development. Its NSX technology merges vCloud networking and security product with the Nicira Network Virtualization Platform the company purchased in 2012. VMware NSX will be available in the second half of the year, VMware said. (U.S.) (3/14), ZDNet (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Workforce 
  • Why trust is critical for employee productivity
    If you want to encourage employees to dedicate themselves to improving your company, you have to show that you trust them, writes Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project. For this reason, Schwartz allows some of his employees to work from home when necessary. "In over a decade, no employee has ever chosen to leave our company. The better you meet people's needs, the better they'll meet yours," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tech chiefs: Immigration reform is needed to boost workforce
    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are among more than 100 technology leaders asking the White House and Congress to reform immigration rules in order to boost the ranks of tech-skilled professionals. A letter from the executives describes the current system as "outdated and inefficient," and hurting the economy. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Senate hearing reveals cyberthreat preparations
    President Barack Obama last year signed a classified policy directive setting out how the U.S. government will deal with cyberattacks, Bill Gertz writes. U.S. intelligence agencies also have assembled a National Intelligence Estimate on cyberthreats, a Senate hearing revealed Tuesday. The Washington Times (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tech titans lobby Congress to stem "patent troll" activities
    Technology firms including Cisco Systems and Adobe Systems are lobbying Congress to do something about "patent trolling" and what they call frivolous lawsuits over copyright infringement. "Patent trolls are business terrorists," SAS' John Boswell said. "Their weapons of mass destruction are software and business-method patents with fuzzy boundaries that can be asserted against many different products, many different companies, in many different ways." However, Congress seems unsure about how to take on the issue, Brendan Sasso and Jennifer Martinez write. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/14), News Service (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CompTIA News 
  • CompTIA member resources help solution providers succeed
    Learn how a corporate-wide CompTIA membership for IT solution providers can benefit you and your entire organization. Join Noel Eberline, director of member relations at CompTIA, to discover how you can leverage the free live channel training, unlimited access to market intelligence, member communities and more. Register here. 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
  • Channel Focus North America with Latin America 2013
    Now in its 16th year, Channel Focus North America with Latin America hosts channel executives debating the future direction of channels in the IT and telecom industries as well as sharing key strategies and tactics they are using to drive their indirect businesses. The event will take place on April 16 and 17 in Miami. For more information and to register, visit here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: March 15, 2013
    40% of companies say that the skill level of general staff with mobile solutions has been a difficulty in implementing a mobility strategy. CompTIA IT SmartStat. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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