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February 5, 2013
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Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

  Cloud Computing 
  • Forecast cites growth for enterprise cloud market
    The market for enterprise cloud services is expected to increase by 17% this year, and to hit $31.9 billion in 2017, Analysys Mason says in a report. Two-thirds of the market growth last year was in software-as-a-service, with infrastructure-as-a-service accounting for the rest. IaaS will be 43% of the enterprise cloud services market by 2017, the firm predicts. (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IBM aims to bring Big Data computing to SMBs
    IBM says it wants to bring affordable Big Data and cloud technology to small and midsized businesses, and it's dropping prices and debuting servers and storage products to make it happen. "They are serving notice to competitors saying we are not giving up and by continuing to offer ever-improving performance to customers, they are making sure there's no temptation to switch," Forrester Research analyst Rich Fichera says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (2/4) , Reuters (2/5)
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Analysis: Microsoft's agenda gets mobile
    Microsoft is looking to focus more on mobile, these articles argue. "Microsoft will place a do-not-fail priority on tablets in 2013," says David Johnson of Forrester Research. The cloud-based Office 365 subscription service and Office 2013 also rank high in importance, and the company wants more developers writing applications for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, Sean Ludwig writes. VentureBeat (2/4) , TechCrunch (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

  Security & Privacy 
  • Other News
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

  Government IT 
  • Google, Microsoft support FCC proposal for free Wi-Fi networks
    Google and Microsoft are joining an industry effort in support of a Federal Communications Commission proposal for free Wi-Fi networks using existing spectrum. Wireless carriers and some Republican members of Congress oppose the plan, with the GOP saying such spectrum should be auctioned to private enterprise. Cisco Systems and other suppliers of networking and telecommunications equipment are asking the FCC to guard against interference for the public airwaves. The Washington Post (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

  SIIA News 
  • Don't miss Steven VanRoekel keynote at CloudGOV 2013
    Register now and don't miss the federal chief information officer for the U.S., Steven VanRoekel, delivering the opening keynote at CloudGOV, Feb. 12 in Washington D.C. Learn how Cloud First, FedRAMP, data center consolidation and mobile strategies will influence agency procurement going forward, and see the latest innovations from service providers. Register to join colleagues from federal, state and local government, as well as vendors representing all segments of the public sector as they discuss the latest innovations in government IT. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Call for speakers open for All About the Cloud
    Call for speakers is now open for the All About the Cloud 2013 conference, May 7 to 9 in San Francisco. Our primary focus for AATC 2013 is to help you make contacts, form partnerships and close deals. If you have expertise in these areas of business, submit your application today. Please note, the deadline for nominations closes Feb. 8. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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