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October 9, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Big Data skill demand sparks new college degree options
    More universities are looking to offer programs in Big Data and business analytics, as top tech firms are saying they desperately need experts to help turn reams of data into actionable business intelligence and few workers have the necessary training. One analyst report says there may be 190,000 unfilled data analysis jobs within six years. "There is a lot of demand for people who can say something meaningful about the data that is accumulating," said Prabhudev Konana, chairman of the Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. Computerworld (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Emerging Tools 
  • Symantec targets enterprises with expanded MDM options
    Symantec said it is bolstering its family of enterprise mobile device management solutions to strengthen application authentication, data protection and mobile device management within a business setting. The upgrades include the introduction of the Symantec Mobile Management Suite, a comprehensive MDM solution that supports iOS, Android and Windows operating systems. The company is also launching channel programs to let partners offer enterprise mobility products to their clients. InformationWeek/Byte blog (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • U.S. House panel, Huawei trade barbs over security worries
    The House Intelligence Committee said it would forward to the FBI evidence that Chinese gear maker Huawei could use its equipment to engage in espionage activities in the U.S. The panel, which strongly advised U.S. firms against importing products from Huawei and fellow Chinese firm ZTE, also alleged that Huawei had violated immigration and bribery laws. Huawei termed the allegations "little more than an exercise in China-bashing." In a related item, Cisco Systems reportedly has severed ties with ZTE after the company sold Cisco equipment to an Iranian mobile phone carrier. Network World (10/8), Network World (10/8), The Wall Street Journal (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Investment in data centers rises 22% in 2012, study shows
    Worldwide spending on data centers will hit $105 billion this year, up 22.1% from 2011's $86 billion, according to DCD Intelligence. IT equipment spending is projected to reach $35 billion, an increase of 16.7% from 2011. The market research firm estimates that data centers will consume 38 gigawatts of power in 2012, a 63.3% boost from last year, and consumption is predicted to rise another 17% next year. EE Times Europe (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • 5 ways LinkedIn can make you more innovative
    LinkedIn is potentially a powerful innovation tool, writes Stefan Lindegaard. Used correctly, LinkedIn can help you identify experts in a given field, approach them and convince them to help solve your problems. "Knowledge is the key element to innovation, and LinkedIn is a great tool for identifying people with knowledge," Lindegaard writes. (Denmark) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why recruiters need to step away from the computers
    Online job boards are "black holes" that weed out qualified candidates and use job descriptions that don't help identify the best talent, Suzanne Lucas writes. "[I]nstead of outsourcing their talent search to an algorithm, companies must bring in candidates and give them the chance to explain while they'll make a difference," she writes. "Remember, you can train any reasonably intelligent person on the 'how' part of the job." CBS MoneyWatch (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Researchers take hands-free device control to a new level
    A team of researchers from Microsoft Research Cambridge and Newcastle University has created a hands-free gesture tracking device that can allow wearers to access and manipulate mobile devices such as smartphones while running down the street or even with their hand in their pocket. "We wanted users to be able to interact spontaneously with their electronic devices using simple gestures without even having to reach for them. Can you imagine how much easier it would be if you could answer your mobile phone while it's still in your pocket or buried at the bottom of your bag?" said developer David Kim. TG Daily (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
When the economy is lousy, you need the best possible matches between employer and employee. And those matches aren't to be made through online key word searches ... such terms only represent how you think the job should be done -- it doesn't allow for the possibility of finding a better way to do a job, or exploring other options."
--Suzanne Lucas, writing at CBS MoneyWatch
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