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December 3, 2012
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  • You shouldn't need a crystal ball to see cloud-related opportunities
    Cloud computing isn't something to get ready for in the future; it's here now, Elliot Markowitz writes. "[N]early every company I come in contact with is already there in some way, shape or form. Some don't even know it," Markowitz writes. "... Solution providers get this and are knee-deep in providing cloud services to their customers and see it as the No. one revenue opportunity for 2013." The VAR Guy (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Human element remains a major security challenge
    Human error remains the top factor in network security, a CompTIA study says, adding that security challenges are getting more complicated thanks to social networking, mobile devices and cloud computing. These will require enterprises to boost training and awareness, CompTIA says. "The way they've thought about security in the past is to purchase a firewall or antivirus software or other product. But there's not a product that can help with end-user awareness. It really requires a commitment to training and education," said Seth Robinson, CompTIA's director of technology analysis. CertMag.com (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IDC: Need for mobility will drive IT spend upward
    The increasing need for mobility is expected to be a main driver spurring IT spend next year, according to research from IDC predicting global tech expenditures will increase 5.7%. Emerging markets may have even healthier growth numbers, as IDC expects tech spend to rise 8.8% in those regions. Network World (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysts: Server market didn't hurt Dell or Cisco in Q3
    Server revenues dipped in the third quarter, but Dell and Cisco experienced sales gains and market-share growth; competitors including IBM and Hewlett-Packard didn't fare as well, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. "The market was constrained by poor macro-economic conditions in many geographies coupled with a number of technology transitions that served to further hamper the market," said Matt Eastwood, IDC group vice president and general manager of enterprise platforms. eWeek (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Measure and Fix Your "Leaky" Marketing Funnel
Marketing funnels can get pretty leaky. It's time to turn the odds in your favor. The first step to improving your marketing funnel is to measure it. Once you know where you are, then you can test improvements and move the needle. Buuuut... what should we track with a funnel? Get your hands on this guide to gain insight into the five best practices for optimizing a "leaky" funnel.

  IT Channel 
  • What's needed to meld IT, telecom channel strategies
    The convergence of IT resellers and telecom services channels is a natural market progression, but it won't come without some challenges, Chad Berndtson writes. The big challenge will be establishing channel relationships and building trust so that VAR and telecom strategies work in unison, he writes. CRN.com (U.S.) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Key To Positive Cash Flow
Every business is cyclical with cash flow ups and downs. The key is to find a way to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Well it's not. There are systems and processes that make it easier to collect the cash you've earned so your small business can grow. Learn how these small-business owners set up their businesses for success.

  IT Workforce 
 
  • When IT meets MBA
    An MBA can help tech executives, but it may not guarantee a fast track to a promotion or higher salary, experts say. "We're seeing in many cases a lot of less technical but very business savvy CIOs being hired, and the MBA is a very strong lead for companies that are looking for a business-savvy approach to technology," says Jack Cullen of IT staffing specialist Modis. Cullen says tech pros who aren't interested in moving into the business side of the enterprise may not find the advanced degree as useful. Network World (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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.

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  • Register for CompTIA's Annual Marketing Meeting
    CompTIA's Annual Member Meeting will be held March 12 and 13, 2013, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers in Chicago. AMM brings CompTIA's member base together for two days of collaborative strategic planning and sharing amongst the association's most engaged members and community forums. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nominate for the IT Hall of Fame
    CompTIA's IT Hall of Fame recognizes IT channel game-changers and IT innovators who served as IT pioneers or uniquely helped the channel grow. Learn more here and nominate today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CompTIA IT SmartStat: Dec. 3, 2012
    45% of organizations plan to reinforce or create company policy regarding device safety to improve data loss prevention. CompTIA IT SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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