Twenty percent of IT professionals claim that the consumerisation of IT has had the most negative impact on their role, according to a survey by cloud service provider, Star. Other findings were that a third of IT professionals believe that the biggest challenge in their job is user demand for for innovation while a quarter said that poor alignment between IT and business was the biggest challenge. When asked about the technologies which had a positive impact on their jobs, virtualisation and cloud computing were cited as the top two. But 26 percent said that the inertia of their colleagues was a barrier to cloud adoption and 25 percent said that there was no strategy for change in their organisation.[…]

A new system based on RFID technology enables retailers to create a link between their physical stores and their online social media channels. With the LifeSynk system retailers can offer their customers branded RFID smartcards which, when swiped on a reader at the store, can automatically share their activity via social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. The solution provides businesses with a social media-based loyalty scheme by allowing customers to unlock offers and share their activities simply by swiping their card at the store. The customer’s LifeSynk card can be synched with their Facebook account so that activity is seamlessly shared with their social network as a status update whenever the card is swiped, such as “I just[…]

According to a survey of 201 IT decision makers in UK SMEs, nearly half of small businesses have suffered data breaches due to workers opening dangerous links or attachments in spam emails. The research was carried out by Opinion Matters on behalf of GFI Software. The survey found that 40 percent of businesses had suffered some kind of data infection due to spam email, while 4.5 percent said they didn’t know whether they had been breached or not. Unsurprisingly, three quarters of respondents believe they get too much spam, and 61 percent say the amount of spam they receive has increased over the past 12 months. 46 percent said that they only rely on their antivirus software to block spam[…]