ARTICLES BY CHRISTINE KERN
Study Shows Untracked Emails, Meetings, Mean Big Loss In Revenue
A new AffinityLive study finds that emails, meetings, and poor timesheet habits result in a loss of 38 percent of billable time annually, the same as if businesses shut down two days a week.
Government Agencies Want To Double Cloud Use, Yet Still Fearful Of Risks
Agencies want to double their cloud use — across infrastructure, platforms, and applications. And pressure to migrate to the cloud is certainly growing because of its potential benefits like improved agility, greater collaboration, and lack of IT complexity. However, 89 percent of federal IT professionals still feel some migration apprehension because of concerns regarding data stewardship and management. In fact, 43 percent likened it to giving their son the keys to their new convertible.
Latest Hacking Scare Exaggerated, Says Google
Dump of emails and passwords provides reminder that online security is essential.
Global Online Purchase Intentions Have Doubled Since 2011
A Nielsen report states online purchase intentions around the world have doubled since 2011 for many durable and entertainment-related categories. Nearly half of global respondents intend to make an online purchase in the next six months in high-prominence categories including clothing (46 percent), and airline (48 percent) and hotel (44 percent) reservations.
IoT: Wearable Technology Is Becoming A Must-Have For Manufacturing
Wearables are not new. Google Glass has been used in plant asset maintenance for a couple of years now. Tools like Innovega or MicroOptical have also been used by early adopters to display service instructions and illustrated parts breakdowns (IPBs) to service technicians for more than a decade. These heads-up display technologies (HUDs) allow technicians to readily access repair information in the field while servicing equipment, shortening downtime, and increasing the effectiveness of repair activities.
Government IT News For VARs — September 17, 2014
In news this week, the U.S. Defense Department (DoD) institutes a three-part cloud strategy, one senator warns agencies may already have been hacked, and Internet Slow Down Day proved to be a thorn in lawmakers’ sides. Social media is also proving to be a valuable resource for agencies.
Education IT News For VARs — September 17, 2014
In news this week, Education Dive presents some lessons learned from MOOCs. The Oculus founder makes a large donation to fund computer science at University of Maryland, while colleges gain free access to Epic Games’ Graphics Engine. And an enlightening infographic looks at how technology has changed higher education.
California Sends Two Student Data Privacy Bills To Governor
California has taken the lead in student data privacy and sent two bills to Gov. Jerry Brown. SB 1177 lays out privacy guidelines for operators of Internet websites, online services, online applications, and mobile application, while AB 1584 deals with contracts between local educational agencies and third-party technology vendors.
Federal IT Spending Expected To Decline
Federal IT spending is expected to decline, with the decrease attributed to the Department of Defense (DoD), according to Deltek. An article from the e-Commerce Times states that spending within the civilian sector in 2015 is expected to equal that in 2014, although there will be differences among departments and agencies.
IT Business Confidence Index Falls Slightly in Q3, But Optimism Prevails
The CompTIA IT Industry Business Confidence Index declined slightly in Q3, but still remains firmly in positive territory for 2014.