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October 23, 2012
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The Game Changer 
Emerging Tools 
  • Cloud adoption propels evolution to SDN, virtual networking
    As more IT functions are migrated to the cloud, enterprises are increasingly turning to virtual networking as a means of boosting scalability and efficiency. The shift is prompting cloud platforms such as OpenStack -- which recently added a new virtual networking component known as Quantum -- to embrace software-defined networking, giving administrators more control as they scale applications between private and public clouds. Network World (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Android remains primary target of mobile malware
    The proliferation of smartphones and the applications that go with them has been a veritable gold mine for malware writers, according to experts who say Google's Android operating system is now the target of choice for cybercriminals. In a new report, Trend Micro says it discovered 175,000 individual bugs targeting Android in the third quarter, which the firm blames in large part on the rise of loosely monitored independent app stores. eWeek (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • HP looks to cloud market to aid business transformation
    Hewlett-Packard's ongoing attempt to regain its footing in the tech market is tied to several different product and services strategies, one of which is cloud computing. The PC vendor is revamping and redefining its cloud services, according to cloud computing chief Zorawar Biri Singh. The company has embraced open source standards by using OpenStack, an approach Singh says will help the company's cloud efforts scale. Network World (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • How the CIO role could one day become obsolete
    Information technology in the workplace could one day become so ubiquitous that it no longer requires a dedicated executive to oversee it, writes Mark Samuels. He likens the role of chief information officer to the long-defunct chief electricity officer of old. However, according to Samuels, getting to a CIO-less future will first mean weeding through and simplifying hundreds of disparate standards -- a job that, at least for the time being, only a CIO is capable of undertaking. IT PRO (London) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What CFOs need to know about analytics
    Big Data has introduced new responsibilities for chief financial officers, blurring the lines between their traditional role and the role of the chief information officer, Terry Sandiford writes. "To make more informed business decisions, companies need a single, operational view of their data that crosses functional boundaries, connecting and making information available across the enterprise," he writes. Business Finance (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Meet the white whale that tried to mimic human speech patterns
    Researchers from the National Marine Mammal Foundation say they observed a white whale, known as NOC, imitating its handlers' speech in a voice several octaves lower than is typical of the species and with a pattern that matched human language. "Our observations suggest that the whale had to modify its vocal mechanics in order to make the speech-like sounds. Such obvious effort suggests motivation for contact," said researcher Sam Ridgway. TG Daily (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
IT leaders are simply responsible for the plumbing that allows the business to do more important things, like sell stuff and make money. And their role is dying."
--Mark Samuels, editor at advisory organization CIO Connect, writing for IT PRO (London)
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