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Creating a System Center 2012 Lab via Azure (via Microsoft TechNet)
via Microsoft TechNet
In a recent blog post entitled, System Center 2012 SP1, Windows Intune and the BYOD Revolution, benefits were showcased in allowing company employees supply their own smartphones, tablets and notebooks for utilization in the office. Proper planning and management of said deployments need to be top of mind for organizations in this respect to ensure BYOD stays as a benefit as opposed to becoming a threat.


Microsoft's Windows 8 also plays a fit in BYOD. Specifically created to allow users to easily access information that matter to them most without compromising security or manageability was something Microsoft planned for aside from its great new interface. System Center 2102 Configuration Manager provides additional resources to ensure business deployments of Windows 8 meet all security and manageability requirements.
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Meet some of IT's rising stars
IT World Canada
What makes an IT executive a leader? It's a question that's been asked for decades, but in the 21st century with IT departments in a state of upheaval it's more important than ever. ComputerWorld U.S. took a look at senior IT men and women in the United States who are one step below CIO and came up with five people under 50 who it thinks bear watching.
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B.C. government extends outsourced health information management despite issues raised by AG
Rabble.ca
British Columbia's government announced it had extended its agreement with Maximus BC, a U.S. subsidiary corporation, to manage B.C.'s health information for another five years. The $264 million contract will run from 2015 until 2020. The original contract began in 2005. That 10-year deal cost $324 million. On a comparable basis, the new five-year agreement has an increase in price of roughly 40 per cent.
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BlackBerry makes key work, personal smartphone feature available to competitors
Global News via The Canadian Press
One of the key selling features of the new BlackBerry smartphones will soon be available on phones made by its major competitors. The company, which formerly called itself Research In Motion, said the technology that allow users to operate their BlackBerry as both a business and personal device entirely separate from each other is headed to both Apple's iPhone and the Android operating system.
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In Vancouver, government business warrants government email accounts: Ministry of Finance guidelines
Vancouver Sun
The Ministry of Finance has issued a set of rules for appropriate use of government information and information technology by government employees and other users. The rules are aimed at preventing risks to network security; protecting the privacy, confidentiality and security of government information; and promoting public trust in the government's use of information and technology assets.
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Telus, Globe and Mail kick-off $100,000 'Challenge' competition
ITBusiness.ca
Canadian small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that can articulately describe a challenge they are facing and how $100,000 could help overcome that challenge have a chance to win $100,000 in a contest launched by Telus and the Globe and Mail.
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CIOs reveal second-quarter hiring plans
Canada Newswire
Seven per cent of Canadian chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently plan to expand their IT teams in the second quarter of 2013, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. In addition, 74 per cent of CIOs said they will not be adding positions but will fill IT positions that open in the next three months. 16 per cent will not be hiring, even to fill an open position, and two per cent expect to reduce their IT staffing levels.
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Tech ETF tops charts with 6.9 per cent return on China's growing hunger for smartphones
Financial Post
An exchange-traded fund of technology stocks is providing the highest returns of China-focused ETFs in the U.S. as the nation's growing middle class stokes demand for smartphones. The Guggenheim China Technology Exchange-Traded Fund Trust 2 returned 6.9 per cent this year, outperforming all Chinese ETFs listed in the U.S., according to data compiled by Bloomberg. NQ Mobile surged 43 per cent after raising its sales outlook last week, while NetEase, China's second-largest online games website operator, jumped to a four-month high.
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Blackberry co-founders start $100M quantum tech fund
CBC News
Blackberry co-founders Mike Laziridis and Doug Fregin have launched a $100 million dollar private fund to boost the development of Canada's fledgling quantum computing industry. Quantum Valley Investments, based in Waterloo, ON, "will provide financial and intellectual capital" for the development and "commercialization of breakthroughs" in quantum information science, said a news release announcing the new fund.
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Picking the star from the information technology universe
Seeking Alpha
The internet industry consists of companies that provide a wide range of products and services primarily online through their websites. The industry is not particularly capital intensive, although some participants must continually invest in their operations to remain competitive. Many companies have a healthy cash flow, which can be used for capital expenditures, to make acquisitions, and to repurchase shares. To evaluate this industry we select four big players, including Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Tencent Holdings.
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