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December 31, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Enterprises find agility in short supply among programmers
    The software industry is facing a significant shortage of "agile" developers, who help companies design solutions that make more efficient use of resources and respond more quickly to customer needs, a study finds. According to an analysis by staffing firm Yoh Services, enterprises looking to capitalize on the incremental, collaborative programming skills characteristic of agile software development found only 17 candidates for every 100 open jobs between 2010 and 2012, a talent shortage that may lead some companies to hire developers who are unqualified for the task at hand. eWeek (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • Growth seen for IP communications in 2013 and beyond
    The worldwide market for Voice over Internet Protocol products and services will see a compound annual growth rate of 7.1% for the next three years, according to TechNavio. Cisco Systems predicts that business traffic using IP will increase 22% annually over the next four years. Channel Partners (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Microsoft tackles newly discovered IE security exploit
    Microsoft is working to plug a recently uncovered vulnerability in certain older versions of its Internet Explorer browser. The bug could enable hackers to infiltrate the PCs of Windows users who visited an infected third party site. The "watering hole" attacks may have used an existing Flash exploit to breach users who visited the website of the Council on Foreign Relations on or after Dec. 21. Computerworld (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Japan seeks to head off New Year's mobile network congestion
    A coalition of Japanese mobile operators including NTT DoCoMo, Softbank and KDDI is asking New Year's revelers to delay sending congratulatory texts as the clock strikes midnight in an effort to limit potentially severe network congestion. The Japanese Telecommunications Carriers Association, which represents carriers in a nation with about as many mobile contracts as people, says it expects the annual surge in "Happy New Year!" messages to last more than two hours into 2013. CIO.com/IDG News Service (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Innovators have never had it so good
    Economic instability isn't often good news for innovators, but there are reasons to think that things are different today, writes Michael Schrage. Sluggish markets mean investors are hungry for rapid-growth opportunities, Schrage explains. "[T]he relative paucity of returns on more traditional investments and the increasingly appeal of innovation opportunities suggest that there may never be a better time to be a charismatic entrepreneur with a scalable prototype," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Most Clicked 

Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief on ExecTech readers in the past week.

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Geeking Out 
  • "Star Wars" fan seeking help to build life-sized Millennium Falcon
    A Tennessee fan of the "Star Wars" films is hoping to bring a little bit of the movies home by building a full-sized replica of the famous Millennium Falcon starship. The 114-foot-long model, which has drawn the interest of fans and collaborators, is projected to cost as much as $800,000 to complete and will be opened to the public, possibly as part of a nonprofit creativity camp, according to project head Chris Lee. TG Daily (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
When companies hire the wrong candidate, they jeopardize employee engagement as well as potentially damage their reputation in the agile community, hurting future recruiting efforts."
--Don Hanson, senior vice president at Yoh Services, as quoted by eWeek
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