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The Internet of Things has vendors chomping at the bit to build devices that communicate over networks. Wisely, many groups have recognized that in order to minimize fragmentation and improve interoperability of IoT, standards need to be put in place. Add the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to that list as the group officially started an IoT working group this past July, reports Computerworld.

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The chains, so to speak have officially been broken for Google Apps users. Google recently made a switch that now allows end-users to bypass IT admins and install their own apps from third-party market places (aka app stores), reports InformationWeek. That means users, not IT staff, can make their own decisions about which apps will be installed on company devices, which could be a challenge for IT staff to track and manage.

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When the spirit of technological innovation and disruption pays a visit to your industry or specialty, there's nothing you can do about it. While data centers have been the heart of most corporate IT shops, Gartner is predicting that the world of data center IT will be flipped upside down by cloud and the rise of IT service providers in China as soon as 2016, reports eWeek.

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1981: Osborne 1

The first commercially successful “portable” computer, tipped the scales at 23.5 pounds.

1994: IBM Simon Personal Communicator

The original smartphone, combined a PDA and cellphone in a slimmed-down 8x2.5x1.5-inch form.

2010: Apple iPad

Apple iPad, the first truly successful tablet, weighed in at 1.5 pounds and leapfrogged decades of development by other manufacturers.

2014: The Samsung Galaxy S5

Not unlike a portable briefcase, offers 16GB of storage (up to 128GB through removable storage) at a heft of 5.1 ounces.

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Offered by the Project Management Institute, the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is not only one of the ­hottest tickets to a job for project managers, but also IT professionals. It is consistently one of the highest-ranking tech credentials in terms of average salary.

PMP tests individuals in five areas of a project lifecycle: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. For those with a bachelor’s degree or more, the PMP requires 4,500 hours of project management experience. That figure grows to 7,500 hours for those without an advanced degree.

Worldwide, more than half a million PMPs work in 193 countries.

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Good business intelligence is essential to the success of any company, no matter the size. Tapping into performance data and analytics makes BI a powerful tool in staying competitive.

To help IT pros take advantage of BI to drive productivity, CDW recently released a new edition to the Technology Insights app. The new module, Business Intelligence, joins the existing Total Mobility ­Management and Contact Center modules.

The need for solid, actionable intelligence continues to grow alongside the number of BI and analytics solutions available to choose from. How should a company go about selecting the right products to grow its business? Technology Insights drives users to specific resources based on their individual levels of expertise: apprentice, early adopter or expert. A user who has implemented an analytics program will find helpful resources tied to optimizing the BI environment, for instance.

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Are you intrigued by Desktop as a Service? You’re not alone: Gartner, IDC and 451 Research all report the technology is beginning to achieve critical mass as organizations migrate desktop PCs to DaaS. Here’s a rundown of the benefits:

  1. Financial: Controls costs by replacing PC hardware expenditures with subscription services, reducing IT deployment and in-house technical support expenses.

  2. Deployment: Allows IT to more quickly provide employees with all necessary rights and resources when setting up new desktops.

  3. Portability: Provides a consistent user experience across multiple computing platforms (desktops, notebooks, smartphones, tablets) while standardizing deployment and support processes.

  4. Security: Enables IT to establish consistent security protocols and enforcement policies across all client-side devices.

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While it's true that Chromebooks have seen booming sales, that enthusiasm has mostly happened in the K-12 space and in startups. Due to its cloud-only architecture, many in the enterprise space thought Chromebooks weren't sturdy or strong enough for work. But a recently announced partnership at VMworld between VMware, NVIDIA and Google could change people's minds. According to the official release, the partnership "will deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks." 

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