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March 21, 2013
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  • Alcatel-Lucent touts cloud architecture for UC
    Alcatel-Lucent has released the OpenTouch Suite for Cloud, a platform it says will help businesses accommodate the use of mobile devices by employees. The suite will enable channels, service providers and system integrators to offer unified-communications-as-a-service, the company says. The suite is designed for use by a variety of businesses and enterprises, Alcatel-Lucent said. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • Parallels chairman: IPO could happen this year
    Cloud-software-maker Parallels is contemplating an initial public offering this year, Chairman Serguei Beloussov says. IDC says Parallels has more than 5,000 customers and some top-name partners. "Parallels is definitely on the upswing these days. They've picked up big technology partners such as IBM and Cisco, which is helping Parallels get into bigger deals, particularly with telcos," IDC's Melanie Posey wrote in an e-mail. Bloomberg (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Oracle, SAP reduce maintenance expenses for customers
    The success of third-party providers of technical support has led Oracle and SAP to reduce their software maintenance prices by 5% to 25%, Constellation Research found in a survey of 184 companies with Oracle or SAP maintenance contracts. More than 60% of survey respondents said the existence of third-party support providers gave them an advantage in negotiating with Oracle and SAP. Computerworld UK (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Experts recommend WebRTC tech to reduce business expenses
    WebRTC technology, which is supported in the Chrome and Firefox browsers, is a good match for contact centers and other businesses looking to improve services while reducing costs, experts said at an industry conference. "Think out-of-the-box about real-time data and video to improve business processes. Think about how it works over existing networks. Slap vendors around to get them to build what you need," said Cullen Jennings of Cisco Systems. Network World (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consumers will be able to upload health data with WebMD cloud
    WebMD says it will launch its Health Cloud platform this fall, enabling consumers to upload biometric data to the cloud. Health Cloud is based on the 2net platform developed by Qualcomm. "We believe users will start to self-report through Web tools," WebMD's Bill Pence says. Computerworld (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Symantec: S. Korea malware can hit Windows, Linux
    The malware used to attack Windows computers in South Korea has code for erasing Linux-based machines, Symantec says. The malware was specifically created to elude antivirus software sold by two South Korean companies, Ahnlab and Hauri, Jeremy Kirk writes. The cyberattacks apparently came from a server in China, where North Korean hackers have previously launched attacks. News Service (3/20) , Reuters (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government IT 
  • National cybersecurity debate prompts wave of lobbyists
    The congressional debate over the establishment of cybersecurity rules has created a healthy business for lobbyists hired by a wide range of tech companies and telecoms, including Motorola, Google and Ericsson. "This is going to be a titanic clash, and when that kind of industry power is aligned against each other, lobbyists start sharpening their knives and forks," said Rogan Kersh, provost at Wake Forest University. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
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  • Webinar: Mobile WILL Transform Your Finance Operation -- Are You Ready?
    Cloud-based financial applications are helping businesses streamline the process of paying bills, projecting cash flow and conducting business transactions. It is no secret that companies are taking the next step to deliver these solutions via mobile devices in order to help executives manage their businesses -- anytime and anywhere. Register for this complimentary webinar, and join SIIA members Saugatuck Technology and as they explore the need for and the role of mobile financial management. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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