Tech Insights
May. 14, 2014

STEMfire.com: Connecting industry pros with North Texas school districts
MTBC
MTBC, in collaboration with UT Dallas, has developed a website which helps people in STEM professions build relationships with North Texas schools districts. STEMfire.com is an online database that enables industry professionals to fulfill the specific needs of educators teaching STEM-related subjects. Those needs may include speaking and volunteer opportunities in classrooms, judging competitions, guidance developing lesson plans with real life examples of STEM activities and more. STEMfire lets educators question, connect and build relationships with STEM professionals and technology companies. It also provides opportunities for STEM professionals to inspire students to pursue STEM careers. The ultimate objective is cultivating an educated workforce, especially in STEM professions.More

Tech Titans awards identify tech powerhouses like Mavenir Systems
MTBC
Every year the Metroplex Technology Business Council honors the top technology innovators at the Tech Titans gala, a prestigious event that attracts about 800 of the area's top executives. Many past recipients have used the Tech Titans as a springboard in their path to becoming top leaders in the industry, such as Mavenir Systems, which won the Fast Tech Award in 2011 and whose president, Pardeep Kohli, was selected as a finalist in the Corporate CEO category in the same year.

Deadline for nominations is Monday!More

Guest blog: Product and service innovation
By Branden Williams, Sysnet Global Solutions, MTBC member
Innovation takes many shapes among executives trying to push their companies into better competitive positions. I'd like to take you through some of those types of innovation to get your creative juices flowing. Where possible, I will provide additional reading that you can get either online, through some Google searches or at your nearest library.More

Wearables plus IoT: Preparing amid paranoia
InformationWeek
Depending on whom you ask, Disney's MagicBand is either the best thing that's happened to tourism or an "NSA-esque tracking device." The divide over Disney's wristband that connects with RFID readers to become a park entrance ticket, credit card, hotel room key, and more is a high-profile example of the "convenient vs. creepy" debate set off by a new dynamic duo: the Internet of Things and wearable tech.More

Students get little computer science instruction
The Washington Post
Their lives swirl in technology, but the nation's high school students spend little time studying the computer science that is the basis of it all. Few are taught to write lines of code, and few take classes that delve into the workings of the Internet or explain how to create an app.More

The state of big data in 2014
VentureBeat
It's been almost two years since Mark Turck, partner at FirstMark Capitol, took a first stab at charting the booming big data ecosystem, and it's been a period of incredible activity in the space. An updated chart was long overdue, and here it is.More

IT pros stressed out, looking to jump ship
InformationWeek
The job of an IT professional has always been stressful, but a recent survey shows the anxiety level is increasing among IT administrators, leading more of them to look for new jobs.More

Why work-life integration trumps work-life balance
Fast Company
The most productive leaders in business aren't gunning for a work-life balance — that was the myth touted years ago that caused professionals to overbook their calendars and make efforts "to have it all."More

Cybersecurity insurance may push companies to better security
ZDNet
You'd think that the need to use best security practices would be self-evident to any executive by now. Unfortunately, they have a lot of priorities to juggle and the consequences of a major breach are hard to grasp until you live through one.More

Your cybersecurity: Don't count on the government
Forbes
Recently, Mark Weber Tobias, an investigative attorney, attended the United States Cybercrime conference outside of Washington, D.C. For the past 11 of 12 years, the Department of Defense organized this gathering, but this year it was privately funded due to budget constraints. This was a five-day event with 600 cybersecurity experts, government agents, intelligence officers and private sector IT professionals. There were more than 170 speakers, 60 exhibitors and in-depth hands-on training courses in digital forensic investigations, decryption techniques, malware smartphone analysis and covert exploration of digital services.More

Cybersecurity insurance may push companies to better security
ZDNet
You'd think that the need to use best security practices would be self-evident to any executive by now. Unfortunately, they have a lot of priorities to juggle and the consequences of a major breach are hard to grasp until you live through one.More

It makes sense for Toyota to leave California for Texas
Forbes
For Japanese auto brands, the logic of keeping their U.S. sales and administrative arms in California is breaking down under the outsized penalties of conducting business in the Golden State and the changing dynamics of the North American automotive industry.More

Don't make these 9 deadly leadership mistakes
Inc.
Being a leader isn't easy, and not every decision you make is going to be a good one. But, you can be a more effective leader if you avoid the most common mistakes that bosses make. The good news is that, with just a little bit of work and attention, these mistakes can be avoided and your company can thrive as a result.More

Reality check: Defining the future of 5G wireless
RCRWireless
What is 5G? That seems to be the big industry question discussed in recent months. For those of us in mobile broadband, we may not know exactly what it will be, but we do know that demand for capacity and network quality is growing fast, and we'll need to be able to boost network capacity by more than 10,000 times beyond 2020. As such, high peak and edge data rates and low latencies to support video, gaming and augmented reality applications will play a part in defining 5G technology. It will stretch far beyond 2020 and will enable a more scalable service experience on demand whereby people and machines will obtain a virtual zero-latency gigabit experience where and when it matters. More

Oncor is testing battery technology on grid
The Dallas Morning News
For years, scientists and power executives have speculated on the implications if battery technology improves to the point that electricity could be stored economically. Now Oncor, Texas' largest power transmission company, is joining the ranks investing in battery technology as the industry's next big thing.More