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TOP STORY: SAP Customers Get A User-Group Champion

MORE NEWS: CA Technologies Unveils Cloud Management Suite

ANALYTIC REPORT: The Expanding Profile of Data Deduplication

WHITEPAPER: Benchmarking Application Performance in a Virtual Environment

BLOG: Android Versions Now Evenly Fragmented

WEBCAST: The Business Case For Government Clouds

RESOURCES: Take Our Strategic CIO Survey -- You Could Win An iPod Touch

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 Wednesday, May 19, 2010 


"Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every
-- Peter Drucker 


SAP Customers Get A User-Group Champion

At SAP's SAPPHIRE conference, ASUG's CEO promises strong advocacy as the user group tackles software-support and BusinessObjects integration woes.


SAP Questions Gartner BI Magic Quadrant Ranking

Global CIO: How Will Larry Ellison Counter SAP's Mobile Offensive?

SAP Must Prove Sybase Synergies


CA Technologies Unveils Cloud Management Suite

The renamed CA, now known as CA Technologies, announced four products in its Cloud-Connected Management Suite to bridge the gap between data centers and the public cloud.

CMS Awards $107 Million In Health IT Contracts

Northrop Grumann and CGI Federal will improve the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' e-medical record system and beneficiary Web sites.

Google To Buy IP Voice And Video Firm

For $68.2 million, Global IP Solutions is set to become the latest in a series of several recent Google acquisitions related to voice and video.

Apple Refreshes MacBook

In adding a faster processor and 10-hour battery to the MacBook, Apple's narrowed the gap between its entry-level system and the MacBook Pro.

Verizon Forgives $18,000 Cell Phone Bill

The Federal Communications Commission is examining ways consumers and wireless providers can avoid cell phone "bill shock" problems.

Consumer Satisfaction With IT Services Rises

Increased satisfaction with cable TV, cell phones, and landlines pushed the American Customer Satisfaction Index up to 75.9.

Server Den: CA Seeks IT Automation Sweet Spot

Don Ferguson, chief technology officer of CA Technologies, talks about work to build IT management tools that'll bring transparency to highly virtual and dynamic enterprise architectures.

CA Teams With Cisco To Manage UCS Blades

Three established CA Technologies management tools now detect and manage Cisco Unified Computing Systems blades.

DIA Awards $6.6 Billlion IT Contract

The Defense Intelligence Agency contract covers the gamut of intelligence-related IT from unclassified to top secret and from the U.S. to Afghanistan.

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The Expanding Profile of Data Deduplication

There are multiple technologies on the table that vendors say will help us get a handle on our storage, from both a security/compliance angle as well as a growth perspective. In this report, we'll touch on many of these and help sort out whether deduplication in particular makes sense in your environment.

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5 Steps To Get -- And Stay -- FISMA Compliant And Secure

Implementing a program that is effective in actually securing assets and will continually address compliance is difficult. Guidelines such as the NIST 800 series, the Center for Internet Security Standards or even DISA's Security Technical Implementation Guides are confusing, and furthermore, much of the underlying data to be protected changes so quickly that yearly reviews of controls are woefully ineffective. Here's a better plan.

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Portable Spot Air Conditioners as Permanent Cooling Solutions for Office Data Centers

Using a building's central air-conditioning system to cool an office data center can be costly. Installing a precision cooling system or mini-split can also be expensive, and in leased spaces, is usually prohibited. This paper examines the benefits of using portable spot air conditioners as a less-expensive, permanent solution.
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Android Versions Now Evenly Fragmented

By Eric Zeman

Google recently published updated data that highlights the fragmentation of the Android platform. Surprisingly, Android 2.1 now makes up for more than one-third of all Android handsets. That's a solid improvement, but shows that two-thirds of users are still being left behind.


iPad Roundup: No Cash, iPod Killer, Keyboard Upgrade

By Eric Zeman

Lots of interesting headlines today concerning the iPad. First, an Apple Store refused to accept cash for an iPad. Second, analysts think the iPad is starting to cut into iPod sales. And last, an interesting piece of software upgrades the iPad's on-screen keyboard.

How To Use Social Lending

By Allen Stern

If you are having trouble obtaining a loan from your local bank, social lending could provide an alternative way to obtain the funds you seek.

IBM Is Hiring In Missouri: 800 Jobs Over 30 Months

By Bob Evans

IBM said it is opening a third services-delivery center in North America, with plans to begin hiring for the Missouri facility this summer. IBM projects that by the end of 2012, it will have up to 800 employees at the center.

Sprint Says Pre Didn't Work Out, Wants iPhone

By Eric Zeman

Sprint's Chief Financial Officer Robert Brust recently assured investors that the nations' third-largest provider of wireless services has seen the worst of its problems and things are looking up. Brust also accidentally ate his foot when he bad-mouthed the Palm Pre and said the company would love to have Apple's iPhone.


The Business Case For Government Clouds

In this Webcast, we'll assess the variables that factor into the decision of whether, and how, to implement a cloud computing environment in federal data centers. Issues to be evaluated include the software, hardware, and other related costs; how shared-services efficiencies translate into savings; and the potential for recouping expenses through chargebacks. We also explore usage scenarios where the business case for private clouds is strongest.

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Web app versions of Office apps, PowerPoint Broadcast, and enhancements to Outlook's message management are highlights.

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