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July 1, 2013  2:25 PM

July IT events are booming in NYC and London

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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London and New York City…those are the two places to be in July as several big-time IT events are coming to each city. Check out if you can make the trip to either city.

1. TechTarget: Women in IT: Making a difference to the future of the UK’s high-tech economy (July 4, London, England)

2. ENASE 2013 (July 4-6, Angers, France)

3. ICEIS 2013 (July 4-7, Angers, France)

4. Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 (July 7-11, Houston, Texas)

5. Asigra Cloud Backup Partner Summit (July 8-10, Toronto, Canada)

6. Business4Better (July 9-10, London, England)

7. Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit (July 22-23, Sydney, Australia)

8. Security Mobility Conference (July 23, New York, New York)

9. TechTarget: Desktop Virtualization 2013 Seminar (July 23, Dallas, Texas)

10. TechTarget: CW500 Club (July 24, London, England)

11. Wearable Tech Conference & Expo (July 24-25, New York, New York)

12. HTML5 Developers & Designers Conference (July 24-25, New York, New York)

13. mHealth+ Telehealth World Congress 2013 (July 24-26, Boston, Massachusetts)

14. TechTarget: The New Rules of Backup and Data Protection (July 25, Washington DC)

15. TechTarget: Desktop Virtualization 2013 Seminar (July 25, Toronto, Canada)

16. Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration Summit (July 26-27, Mexico City, Mexico)

17. Gartner Catalyst Conference (July 29-August 1, San Diego, California)

18. TechTarget: BriForum 2013 (July 30-August 1, Chicago, Illinois)

We’ll be sharing IT events each month here on the Enterprise IT Watch blog. Got an event to add to our list? Let us know via Twitter (@ITKE) or email. Going to one of these events? Share your takeaways (and photos) with us!

June 26, 2013  9:28 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: How to uninstall McAfee antivirus via John McAfee

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Remember John McAfee? You know…the founder of the McAfee software security company who was a murder suspect in Belize, faked a heart attack and now is back in the United States. Well, he’s back in the spotlight once again by taking shots again his former company via a YouTube video that tells users how to uninstall the software he invented over 25 years ago.

Tell us in the comments below your thoughts on McAfee’s attack on his former company.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


June 24, 2013  3:54 PM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (6/17 – 6/24)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Oracle, Red Hat, Microsoft…just some of the major players making headlines in this week’s roundup. Check out why each company made news and share your thoughts in the comments below.

1. Americans concerned with potential patient data breach – Emily Huizenga (SearchHealthIT)

A recent Unisys security report covering the first half of 2013 revealed that 59% of Americans are concerned about a breach of patient data in healthcare organizations.

2. Oracle’s 2013 revenue flat, operating profitability up – Brian McKenna (ComputerWeekly)

Good news and bad news for Oracle as the company reported its end of fiscal year 2013 revenue. Although the $37 billion in revenue is flat compared to 2012, it indicates a record operating margin of 47%.

3. Cloud security risks still an issue for CIOs, but change is in the air – Karen Goulart (SearchCIO)

Over the past few years, numerous surveys and studies have shown cloud security risks are the biggest barrier for CIOs to adopt the cloud. However, with some self-education and enlightened vendor response, Karen Goulart reports the move is now becoming easier.

4. Inside Red Hat Summit 2013 through the Twittersphere – Maxine Giza (SearchSOA)

With the Red Hat Summit just a week old, many experts and system administrators took to the Twitterverse to discuss the sights and scenes of the conference.

5. SQL Server 2014 all about big data, in-memory analytics and cloud – Mark Fontecchio (SearchSQLServer)

In the latest edition of SQL in Five, Mark Kromer, national platform architect at Microsoft, shares his general thoughts and favorite features of the upcoming SQL Server 2014.


June 19, 2013  11:37 AM

Top 10 Twitter users to follow on Microsoft

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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From Windows 8 to Windows Phone, we’ve built a list of the top experts and professionals from across Twitter who share their knowledge on all things Microsoft. Ten of our favorites are listed below; tell us in the comments below if we left anyone off!

  • Paul Thurrot (@thurrott): Blogger on Supersite for Windows
  • Steve Clayton (@stevecla): Editor of Microsoft.com/next
  • Tom Warren (@tomwarren): Senior Editor at The Verge
  • Ed Bott (@edbott): Technology writer for ZDNet.com
  • Scott Guthrie (@scottgu): Corporate Vice President in the Microsoft Server and Tools Business
  • Rick Claus (@RicksterCDN): Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft
  • Jeffrey Snover: (@jsnover): Distinguished Engineer for Microsoft
  • Steven Bink (@sbink): Founder of bink.nu


June 19, 2013  8:11 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: Office Space

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Happy hump day! To give you a much needed push for the rest of the work week, ITKnowledgeExchange is kicking it ‘old school’ with one of the greatest scenes from the cult classic: Office Space.  (Word of advice: Don’t mess up on your TPS reports)

What’s your favorite part of the movie? Tell us in the comments below.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


June 17, 2013  1:51 PM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (6/10 – 6/17)

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With all the hoopla continuing to surround the NSA scandal, cybersecurity and data privacy issues led the way in our weekly roundup. Check out what our writers had to say about the ongoing stories and more.

1. U.S. defense agencies’ cloud transition yields better intelligence – Adam Hughes (SearchCloudComputing)

While making the transition from on-premises data centers to the public cloud may seem like a daunting task, U.S. defense agencies are learning the rewards outweigh the risks.

2. Red Hat Summit: Open source trends, cloud outlook, innovation and more – Anne Stuart (SearchCloudApplications)

As open-source enthusiasts came to Boston last week  for Red Hat’s annual summit, they heard several insights, tips and highlights on several topics including: Innovation and open-source, cloud security and emerging cloud trends.

3. NSA surveillance leads to tighter data privacy policies – James Furbush (SearchConsumerization)

Following the recent revelation that the NSA collects massive amounts of data from various technology companies, many organizations have started to re-evaluate their data security policies.

4. Mullen: Cybersecurity threats demand leadership from Capitol Hill – Brandan Blevins (SearchSecurity)

At the 2013 Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen stressed the importance of leadership and accountability in the realm of national cybersecurity.

5. The Salesforce acquisition of ExactTarget: What to expect now – Lena Weiner (SearchCRM)

After Salesforce.com’s $2.5 billion acquisition of the cloud-based marketing software company ExactTarget, experts are now wondering if the two companies (especially internal cultures) are a good fit for each other.


June 12, 2013  3:27 PM

YouTube IT video of the week: The Daily Show on the NSA scandal

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Over the past few days, you’ve have heard all the stories on the recent scandal involving the NSA (National Security Agency). Well, to look at it from a funnier point of view, The Daily Show decided to give its opinion on the scrutinized government agency.

Tell us in the comments below your thoughts on the NSA scandal.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


June 10, 2013  2:32 PM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (6/3 – 6/10)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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From struggling storage sales to Facebook’s ‘Hate Speech’ policy, the TechTarget writers covered some major controversies this week. Find out what the debates are all about and more in this week’s roundup.

1. Are cloud storage sales to blame for storage slowdown? – Ellen O’Brien (SearchCloudStorage)

With data storage sales continuing to decline in 2013, there’s a hot debate between experts over who’s to blame: Cloud storage companies (Amazon) or other factors (economy).

2. Cisco pieces together together platform strategy for partners – Jessica Scarpati (SearchCloudProvider)

During her Cisco Partner Summit 2013 keynote address, CTO Padmasree Warrior explained how the company’s new open platform strategy could benefit provider partners.

3. CFO survey finds interest in analytics and cloud on the rise – Emma Snider (SearchFinancialApplications)

In a recent survey by Longitude Research (commissioned by Oracle and Accenture), CFOs said they were keen to invest more in cloud, mobile and big data technology in the next few years while spending less on IT infrastructure.

4. Windows 8.1 security, management enhancements entice enterprise IT – Diana Hwang (SearchEnterpriseDesktop)

Even though Microsoft ‘missed the boat’ in delivering a strong enterprise message for Windows 8, Diana Hwang wonders if it can win over enterprises with security enhancements and other features in Windows 8.1.

5. #Compliance: Facebook hate speech policy draws praise, criticism – Editorial staff (SearchCompliance)

Facebook made major news last week as its hate speech policy drew much online controversy, with some praising the move while others saying it violates free speech. What do you think?


June 5, 2013  2:39 PM

YouTube IT video of the week: Technology drives us insane

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

From a GPS telling you to go the wrong way to your iPhone/Android auto correcting with the wrong word, technology always finds a way to annoy us at some point of the day. Well, the writers at BuzzFeed wanted to take it one step further by giving us the top 10 ways technology drives us insane.

Tell us in the comments below on what’s #1 on your list.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


June 5, 2013  11:35 AM

Events heat up in June 2013

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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From San Francisco to New York City and all the way to London, the summer IT conference schedule is beginning to heat up. Check out our calendar below to see if you can attend any of these hot events.

1. IBM Innovate 2013 (June 2-6, Orlando, Florida)

2. Microsoft TechEd 2013 (June 3-6, New Orleans, Louisiana)

3. Gartner CRM Summit 2013 (June 5-6, London, England)

3. Marketplace LIVE 2013 (June 6, New York, New York)

4. TechTarget: Network Virtualization: How SDN is Changing the Game (June 6, San Francisco, California)

5. 12th International Cloud Computing Expo (June 10-13, New York, New York)

6. Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit (June 10-13, National Harbor, Maryland)

6. Red Hat Summit (June 11-14, Boston, Massachusetts)

7. HostingCon 2013 (June 17-19, Austin Texas)

8. TechTarget: The New Rules of Backup and Data Protection (June 18, Seattle, Washington)

9. TechTarget: CW500 Security Club (June 19, London, England)

10. BIS 2013 – 16th International Conference on Business Information Systems (June 19-20, Poznan, Poland)

11. TechTarget: The New Rules of Backup and Data Protection (June 20, San Francisco, California)

12. Cisco Live (June 23-27, Orlando Florida)

13. Mobile Commerce World 2013 (June 24-26, San Francisco, California)

14. TechTarget: BI Leadership Dinner Series (June 25, Boston, Massachusetts)

15. TechTarget: The New Rules of Backup and Data Protection (June 25, San Diego, California)

16. Telecom Exchange (June 26, New York, New York)

17. TechTarget: CW500 Club (June 26, London, England)

18. 5th Annual Cloud World Forum (June 26-27, London, England)

19. TechTarget: Desktop Virtualization 2013 Seminar (June 27, Denver, Colorado)

We’ll be sharing IT events each month here on the Enterprise IT Watch blog. Got an event to add to our list? Let us know via Twitter (@ITKE) or email. Going to one of these events? Share your takeaways (and photos) with us!


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