Can a ‘superpower force field’ protect us from hackers?

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In the Disney Pixar animation The Incredibles, the daughter in the family of superheroes, Violet, has a particular superpower.  She can create a protective force field around herself – an impenetrable bubble. She can also make herself invisible.  Businesses trying to ward off millions of dangerous cyber-attacks in an increasingly connected world probably wish they… Read more »

Augmented reality looks set to become a serious commercial tool

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Augmented reality looks set to become a serious commercial tool Discussion:  With the use of augmented reality, consumers are able to try on and view products over the internet without having to be physically in the store.  This allows for customers to sample the product before purchase from the comfort of their own home.  The… Read more »

BYOC: Should employees buy their own computers?

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Discussion: Struggling to keep up with ever-changing technology and the cost of IT provisioning, companies are adopting the “bring your own computer” (BYOC) policy.   Not only do employees have the freedom to choose their own devices, they also have the freedom to access their office desktop remotely.  Both Microsoft and Intel subsidize hardware, while Citrix… Read more »

Virtual, mobile, social endeavors drive IT in 2011

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Discussion: In 2010, the U.S. tech sector grew about twice as fast as the overall U.S. economy.  As we enter 2011, several trends are clear: cloud computing, social computing, and mobility have the potential to dramatically improve efficiencies without breaking the bank.  IT leaders have high expectations for moving to Internet-based service models, and some… Read more »

The present and the future of the mobile workforce

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Discussion: iPass, a major wireless service provider, surveyed mobile-enabled professionals and reported the top five mobile workforce trends for 2010.  The results are a bit surprising: the median age of the mobile worker is 46, a whopping 97% of mobile employees carry two or more mobile devices, and 88% are checking their smartphones during downtime…. Read more »

YouTube Video – Virtualization: What’s the Big Deal?

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Description: 10:12 minutes.  YouTube video with Dell CTO to talk about virtualization.  This is the opportunity to discuss how virtualization can increase the flexibility of IT assets, allowing companies to consolidate IT infrastructure, reduce maintenance and administrative costs, and prepare for strategic IT initiatives such as grid computing, utility computing, and service oriented architecture.  Virtualization separates… Read more »

YouTube Video – Storage Virtualization

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Description: 1:56 minutes.  YouTube video about the creation of an homogenous storage facility virtually, called storage virtualization.  Allows for real time distribution of resources where they are needed and when.  Source: YouTube Video Date: 11/1/2007 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vURnIkGOrp4&feature=related Discussion Questions: What is storage virtualization?  Why is it practical and cost effective?