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December 18, 2012
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  • Report: IT spend and hiring are on a healthier track
    More than two-thirds of those polled by Data Inc. said their company increased IT spending this year, with growth in all industries except the pharmaceutical sector. More than three-quarters say they expect their company to increase IT spending yet again in 2013. "I do believe [there is] improvement, but I do think it will take time," said Susan Leicht of Data Inc. The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • SaaS vendors have room for growth, PwC finds
    The software-as-a-service market has grown 20% this year even though sales have been virtually flat for the past six months. There is room for growth, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report that says 11.2% of total software spending by the top 100 U.S.-based companies was bought through a SaaS or subscription model. GigaOm (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • You don't have to be big to benefit from Big Data
    Big Data is no longer the domain of large enterprises, according to a report from Emergent Technologies and Intuit that predicts emerging analytics will enable small and midsized firms to compete with the big boys in ways that once would have been impossible. Analysts see Big Data as the great equalizer and note that by tapping and processing transactional, behavioral and user-generated data, SMBs can anticipate customers' needs and bring the personalized service of days past to the global marketplace. (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Channel 
  • IBM boosts partner training for Smarter Commerce initiative
    Partners in IBM's Smarter Commerce effort will get additional educational resources, including in-person training and certification and a broader curriculum. "In response to the growing IT skill gap, IBM is expanding its skill development programs in key areas such as cybersecurity, mobile computing and commerce," IBM's Jim Corgel says. The VAR Guy (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IT Workforce 
  • Leadership tips for first-time bosses
    Many first-time bosses have delusions of "managerial grandeur," writes Amanda Pouchot. Rather than aiming to become a superhero CEO, it's better to lower your expectations a little and focus on self-improvement and leadership development. "Learning to be a better manager comes from having time to experience and develop new skills. That seems obvious, but there are plenty of founders and first-time managers who have yet to realize it," Pouchot writes. CNNMoney/Fortune/You Can't Fire Everyone blog (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Creating an Achievable Sales Plan
    Get six steps to building an achievable sales plan during this webinar on Wednesday, presented by J.R. Samples, founder and CEO, Accountability Partners, and CompTIA. The six steps include defining an average sale, understanding why clients buy, adjusting for seasons, recognizing the learning curve for new reps, setting pipeline goals and identifying activities to support the pipeline. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    CompTIA members can get a free subscription to the print magazine and e-newsletter ChannelPro-SMB, which provides targeted business and technology information for the IT channel. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get CompTIA Security+
    CompTIA Security+ certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT. CompTIA Security+ ensures that security personnel are anticipating security risks and guarding against them. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Dec. 18, 2012
    56% of business that use cloud computing use a cloud product for Internet protection (antivirus, anti-spyware, Web proxy). CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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