News Scan: M-commerce not winning over many consumers; Certifications that earn IT hires top dollar; more

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>>Consumers not won over by mobile commerce

Mobile shopping, or m-commerce, has received a great deal of attention in recent months. But a new survey of iOS and Android users reveals that the vast majority of them know little, and care less, about the mobile shopping experience. The survey was conducted by Retale, a location-based shopping platform, and concludes that the despite the hype around m-commerce, many consumers aren't on board, notes an article at Network World. Retale surveyed more than 3,000 active app users on iOS and Android smartphones. "Seventy-one percent say they don't like the idea of being tracked into a store via their smartphones, and 56 percent say they are uninterested in receiving push notifications while they shop," the article says.

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>>Cloud could dramatically impact mobile fleet savings

Cloud computing is having a dramatic impact on commercial fleet telematics, according to a new study by Fleetmatics, a global provider of software-as-a-service-based mobile workforce solutions. In an email to FierceCIO, the company recently released highlights of its first FleetBeat report, looking at the potential impact of the cloud on businesses with mobile workforces. According to the firm's data, better management of mobile-based service vehicles has the potential for:

  • Decrease is fuel consumption of 573 million gallons per year
  • Total fuel savings of $2.2 billion
  • Decrease in CO2 emissions of 5 million tons per year
  • Decrease in payroll hours of 1.3 billion per year
  • Total cost savings due to a decrease in payroll hours of $34.9 billion

(Read more on mobility and service fleets: Managing government fleets and mobile workforces with GIS / Telematics penetration in service fleets to exceed 30% globally by 2019)

>>These certifications will earn IT hires top dollar

With IT hiring on the increase, hiring managers are paying more attention to things that separate one candidate from another. That includes certifications that an IT professional holds. A recent article at the Western Governors University web site noted five especially hot IT certifications and the salaries they should earn in the job market. Those certifications and average salary amounts for IT pros with them are:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), with an average salary of $82,923
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Associate (MCSA), also with an average salary of $82,923
  • CompTIA Security+, with an average salary of $80,066
  • Cisco Certified Networking Technician (CCENT), with an average salary of $74,764
  • CompTIA Network+, with an average salary of $71,207

(Read more on top IT certifications: Best IT certifications for 2014 / 18 hot IT certifications for 2014)

>>Alaskan STEM program boasts high success rate

The State of Alaska may not immediately come to mind when one thinks of STEM training (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), but one STEM program there boasts that is has an especially strong success rate of graduating STEM students. The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program is a program aimed at attracting more Alaska natives to study STEM fields at the University of Alaska at Anchorage, and has produced 300 STEM graduates since its launch, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology. "The data we have shows our program is many times better than the national average for all students, not just minority students," Herb Schroeder, the founder and vice provost of ANSEP, was quoted as saying.

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