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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
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  • 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
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  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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  • 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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