Data-management and analytics innovations pushed the business-analytics software market upward by about 14% last year, according to research firm IDC, and compound annual growth is predicted to be 9.8% through the next four years. Enterprise needs concerning security and risk management, as well as regulatory compliance mandates, are the main drivers, IDC said.
Nearly three-quarters of organizations cite restoring business-critical applications as their leading concern in backup and recovery, according to a survey of North American IT professionals by Quest Software. But most data-protection plans give higher priority to restoring data and servers before applications, this article notes.
The increasing popularity of tablets, bulging PC inventories and economic uncertainty in Europe are being cited as reasons that PC shipments declined 0.1% in the second quarter, according to a Gartner report. Hewlett-Packard remains the market leader with Lenovo in second place, while Acer pushed Dell out of its third-place ranking. "Consumers are delaying purchases, and vendors and retailers are slowing down their PC activities to clear existing inventories," said David Daoud, IDC's research director for personal computing.
Security vendor Symantec says it's rolling out a solution to help managed-services providers sell cloud-related tools and services. The Partner Management Console is designed to simplify management and monitoring of Symantec's cloud solutions.
Microsoft says its Windows 8 virtual-desktop-infrastructure license strategy will help the company win over customers from competitors. "The customer is why we're here. Let's accelerate adoptions and eradicate Windows XP, lead customers into the cloud, leverage our strong R&D story, and we have to remember the customer is always right. They vote by what they buy," Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner said at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2012.
CompTIA is offering a health care IT technician exam to certify that job candidates are familiar with the latest medical systems, including billing, and have knowledge of regulatory issues. The exam offers an entry point for techies looking to move into the health care industry, Paul Cerrato writes.
Even star employees can have periods of weak performance, Tom Searcy writes. Sometimes the problem has to do with being overwhelmed by personal or professional obligations. However, talented people can also underperform when they are underwhelmed at work. In either case, the first step is to bring attention to the problem. Then, talk with your team member about solutions and set a deadline for getting back on track.
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Ramping up patent-office staffing and laws should help avert lawsuits and speed up the U.S. patent-filing process, acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank says. "Higher-quality patents means less legal challenges. Faster patents [also] often mean less legal challenges, because oftentimes the longer it takes to get a patent the more other people are encroaching on the space, so speed and quality are two things I think this legislation and these new offices are going to help us achieve," Blank says.
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CompTIA IT SmartStat: July 12, 2012
43% of organizations that have an enterprise videoconferencing system say they would like better video quality. CompTIA IT SmartStat