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November 27, 2012
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  • How the cloud is leveling the global playing field
    Cloud computing is extending beyond developed countries such as the U.S. into developing nations that are enjoying a boost to their economies thanks to the technology, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego, who found that lower-cost hosted services are helping emerging nations expand their presence in global markets. Thanks to the cloud, nations that were once priced out of new technologies are able to benefit from the same next-generation storage, application and computing services as the world's leading economies, the researchers found. InfoWorld/Cloud Computing blog (11/20), VentureBeat (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Google ramps up cloud, storage competition
    Google says it's expanding its infrastructure-as-a-service cloud options by a factor of 10, and is reducing the cost of its Compute Engine service by about 5% and its cloud storage by 20%. The company is also launching a test that reduces storage costs by up to 30% for customers who do not have a service-level agreement. Network World (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GE sets tech sights on energy management
    General Electric says the path to greater energy efficiency for enterprises lies in "the industrial Internet" and technologies such as the smart grid. "We estimate that the technical innovations of the Industrial Internet could find direct application in sectors accounting for more than $32.3 trillion in economic activity," a GE report says. The Register (U.K.) (11/26), GigaOm (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

  IT Channel 
 
How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

  IT Workforce 
 
  • 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) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why mobile software is becoming a hot job path
    Mobile-application development is responsible for the creation of half a million U.S. jobs over the past five years, according to this article, and pay levels are increasing as demand for talent and use of mobile devices rises. Some say the app economy could play help improve the federal trade deficit. "There is unprecedented opportunity for America to capitalize on exploding international markets," Peter Farago of Flurry told a House subcommittee in September. McClatchy Washington Bureau (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

  Policy Watch 
 
  • 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) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Are you a Developer or Engineer looking to make the next step in your career? Don't miss TECHEXPO's job fair for Security-Cleared Developers & Engineers on December 5th. This is your opportunity to interview with industry leaders looking to fill 100's of open positions. For information on registration, exhibiting & attending visit: TechExpoUSA.com
  CompTIA News 
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    The CompTIA Cloud Essentials specialty certification demonstrates that an individual knows what cloud computing means from a business and technical perspective, as well as what is involved in moving to and governing the cloud. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get Storage+ Powered by SNIA
    The CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA certification exam covers the knowledge and skills required to configure basic networks to include archive, backup and restoration technologies. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TechVoice
    TechVoice provides the IT community with timely information about state and federal IT legislation and regulations, as well as an organized method to become an instant advocate for the IT channel. Sign up for action alerts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Nov. 27, 2012
    49% of businesses who believe that human error has become more serious attribute it to the failure of end users to follow security procedures and policies. CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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