Monday, December 30, 2013

Gartner predicts rise in unemployment as machines replace humans

Gartner predicts rise in unemployment as machines replace humans
In the "Digital Industrial Revolution," Gartner predicts the rise of new technologies will allow machines to take the place of middle-class workers. As a result, Gartner says U.S. unemployment rates will rise. Gartner sees smart machines replacing humans in industries such as transportation, construction and health care. The company warns of social unrest by 2020 as people lose jobs to machines, and it urges companies to structure teams now to address the issue.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

U.S. universities look for niche in cybersecurity education

U.S. universities look for niche in cybersecurity education
There are now nearly 200 U.S. colleges and universities offering National Security Agency-certified degrees in cybersecurity, thanks in part to a federal government effort to tackle rising global cyber-risks by investing in the next generation of front-line professionals. In lieu of broad, generalized degree programs, experts say many schools are choosing to design specialized cybersecurity tracks to focus on niche threats and industries while experimenting with a variety of learning models

Friday, December 20, 2013

3D printing, SDN as emerging technologies to watch

Gartner forecasts 3D printing, SDN as emerging technologies to watch
Software-defined networking and 3D printing are joining cloud computing and machine-to-machine technology on the list of hot IT trends that will be on analysts' radars in 2014. In a new report exploring the emerging technologies most likely to disrupt the status quo next year, Gartner says a push for SDN standards by groups such as OpenStack and OpenFlow will propel a move away from purely appliance-based networking solutions and predicts a 75% increase in 3D printer shipments, as well as the rise of smart machines and the hybrid cloud.

Monday, December 16, 2013

How the future of technology will determine the future of channel services

How the future of technology will determine the future of channel services
As major trends like cloud computing, mobility and Big Data continue to dominate technology headlines and channel discussions, there are a number of interesting developments taking place at other levels of the technology universe. Improvements to the most basic building blocks of IT have enabled today's trends, and tomorrow's trends will be fueled by the pioneering improvements currently underway. Learn more here.

Monday, December 9, 2013

CompTIA adds cloud certifications to accreditation list

CompTIA adds cloud certifications to accreditation list
CompTIA is adding a cloud-focused certification, called CompTIA Cloud+, to its portfolio of industry accreditations. "As cloud-based applications proliferate and network architectures become more diverse, networking and technical sales professionals must become proficient in new skills," said CompTIA's Terry Erdle. IT PRO (London)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Getting ahead in IT requires proactive learning

Getting ahead in IT requires proactive learningIn the rapidly changing world of technology, the most successful workers no longer rely on formal training alone to get the knowledge they need to stay ahead -- instead, they figure things out themselves, says Ian Brooks, the European head of innovation at Hewlett-Packard. Speaking to a group of young IT apprentices, Brooks said that unlike university training, "applied learning" lets students learn by doing and exercises non-technical "soft skills" such as communication and problem-solving

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