March 23, 2013

Gartner Recommendations for BlackBerry 10
As BlackBerry’s BlackBerry 10 device becomes available in the U.S. this week, Gartner Inc. analysts say enterprises must determine user demand, address BYOD support, forecast the health of the BlackBerry business and decide whether to upgrade the BlackBerry Enterprise Service.

Why the Best CEOs Listen More
Listening is an essential, yet often overlooked aspect of business communication. Entrepreneurs and senior executives are naturally filled with ideas, and it’s our nature to want to share those ideas with others. But great leaders over time learn to talk less and listen more. There are many benefits of listening. Here are four benefits that executives gain by listening

How Digital Behavior Differs Among Millennials, Gen Xers and Boomers
Millennials have the highest social networking penetration of any generation, and the highest Facebook and Twitter use rates to match. Though Twitter started out with a somewhat older audience, millennials now make up more than half of all US users, and will hover around that point for the next several years. They also account for about four in 10 digital video viewers.

Podcast: Hadoop vendors progress toward enterprise-ready solutions
In this podcast, associate site editor Ian Crowley speaks with Evaluator Group senior partner John Webster about the progress Hadoop vendors are making toward offering viable enterprise products for managing and processing "big data." Listen to the podcast or read the transcription below to find out more about the state of Hadoop architecture

Dell Attracting More Buyout Interest
Blackstone’s interest in Dell, the world’s third-largest PC maker, is considered more serious than that of HP or Lenovo, said one of the people familiar with the situation. As of last night, no one had submitted a proposal or letter to the board for consideration, said another person with knowledge of the situation. The board would have to receive something by March 22 and then determine whether the interest would reasonably lead to a higher offer, this person said.

VMware introduces new Unity Touch clients for mobile Windows
In a post on the VMware End-User Computing blog, Pat Lee, director of product management for end-user computing, introduced Unity Touch clients for VMware Horizon View 2.0. The Unity Touch clients will let users of iOS and Android devices browse and search files, open Windows applications and files. It requires VMware Horizon View 5.2 desktop, she wrote.

Big Data Analytics As A Service, With An Ontology For Cross-Platform Analysis At Its Core
“There is a lot of opportunity for partners to develop and extend the ontology into niche areas that set up for the analysis and types of transactions where we don’t have expertise,” Manish Singh says. Rapid deployment of new ontologies by partners is possible, he says, because they can layer on top of what’s already there vs. building from scratch each time. “Our concept of rapidly deployed ontologies is the ability to have an ecosystem of partners,” he says.

Bretford Releases Enterprise Guide for iOS Deployments
A vendor of iOS charging/synching products has released an interactive e-book that offers businesses an approach to configuring and managing iPads, iPhones and iPods. "iOS Deployment: A Guide to Managing iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in Your Organization" is available a free download from Apple's iBookstore. The digital guide was created with iBooks Author, and designed so that it accept updates as the iOS product line changes in the future, according to the vendor, Bretford Manufacturing.

Innovation: Five Keys to Educating the Next Generation of Leaders
What do educators need to provide for the next generation of positive, innovative leaders? If core competencies are assumed (engineers need to engineer, accountants need to account, writers need to write and so on) what will be the key elements of an education that might help students become life-long learners, successful in multiple, varied career paths? Here are five critical elements that every student should be looking for in an educational journey . . . and educators should be looking to deliver.

DHS shifting to cloud, agile development to boost homeland security
At a hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security on Tuesday, a DHS IT official gave lawmakers an overview of agile development methodologies, one of the tools that the department is using to fix its IT project management. Agile came up after U.S. Rep Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), a former staffer in Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's office who won that seat after Giffords resigned, asked what DHS was doing to ensure that its IT systems met user needs.

Quotes for the day:

"If you are afraid of failure you don't deserve to be successful!" -- Charles Barkley
"The consumer is the most important part of the production line." — W. Edwards Deming

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