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November 29, 2012
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  Technology & Trends 
  • Amazon Web Services aims for bigger customers
    Amazon Web Services is aiming higher with its cloud-computing products, competing with old-guard tech companies including Oracle, IBM and Hewlett-Packard for big corporate customers, AWS chief Andy Jassy says. "The old world of technology has a pricing model which is to charge as much as customers can pay," he said. "Customers are tired of it." Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Healthy growth is expected for cloud-based software delivery
    An IDC report predicts software-as-a-service will soon beat out conventional software delivery. IDC says the cloud-software market had $22.9 billion in revenue last year, a 30.9% increase from 2010. It is expected to be worth $67.3 billion by 2016. eWeek (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The sales ship needs ownership on board
    Resellers and providers that leave sales and strategy in the hands of contractors are taking an unhealthy business approach, writes Kendra Lee, who argues that owners need to be a proactive part of operations and ensure the company's strategy is being followed and adjusted as needed. The VAR Guy (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Privileged access to critical infrastructure to be protected
    Security-software vendors such as Cyber-Ark are coming up with products to protect the control systems of critical infrastructure, particularly the privileged-access accounts for those systems, Taylor Armerding writes. "So many of those systems were designed to work for decades, we can't simply rotate the equipment out as we might for a desktop computer," says Jason Healey of the Atlantic Council. CSO (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IT Workforce 
  • Why bringing in more IT security pros means recruiting more women
    As demand for cybersecurity expertise increases, the talent pool is small, posing a significant challenge to organizations, especially in the federal IT security sector. Closing the skills gap requires proactive measures to improve recruitment before college graduation, as well as efforts to bring more women into the field, writes Dana Grinshpan, research manager for the Government Business Council. NextGov/Tech Insider blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intentions can add context to your 2013 goals
    Smart bosses try to communicate their intentions, not just broad goals, argues Dana Theus. Sharing intentions lets workers use their judgment to adapt to rapidly changing situations. "Intentions are specifically designed to include the information necessary -- including a broader picture of success -- enabling you to be flexible, creative and innovative when reality throws you a curveball," Theus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Report sees big growth for health information exchanges
    The health information exchange market is expected to grow 30% to 40% next year, a report from Frost & Sullivan says. "Now that we have more certainty, many projects that were on the back burner because of finance or political uncertainty are going to go forward," Frost & Sullivan's Nancy Fabozzi says. InformationWeek (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • White House seeks businesses' input on cybersecurity executive order
    President Barack Obama's administration has been holding meetings with business executives, technology experts and privacy advocates, seeking to gain ideas and support for a planned executive order on cybersecurity. The "listening tour" -- which officials say is an unusual precursor to an executive order -- has included sessions with representatives of critical industries, including the energy sector, that would be directly impacted by Obama's action. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certification covers the knowledge and skills required to implement, deploy and support health care IT systems in various clinical settings. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Nov. 29, 2012
    34% of businesses who believe that human error has become more serious attribute it to the lack of security expertise with websites and applications. CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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