Tech Insights
Feb. 25, 2015

Texas technology industry adds 20,100 jobs in 2014, 2nd fastest growth
Texas’s technology industry added 20,200 net jobs between 2013 and 2014, for a total of 581,200 jobs, the state with the second most tech workers in the nation, according to Cyberstates 2015: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. Tech Industry published by CompTIA. This growth was led by such industry sectors as the IT services subsector of computer systems design (+9,000) and engineering services (+7,300), supporting a growth rate of 3.6 percent far above the national growth rate of 2 percent. An examination of tech job postings for the state shows that there were 46,900 job postings for technology occupations in fourth quarter of 2014 which is 21,030 in Dallas MSA (45% or almost half of the state's total).More

Member survey indicates 80% likely to recommend, desire to bring other tech companies to NTX
During a recent online survey, we surveyed both MTBC members and non-members to gain a better understanding of what impacts technology businesses in the DFW region and how we are doing with regard to helping them succeed. Respondents were invited to answer question with two different types of responses — one-click and open-ended. Respondents also were divided into four segments to reflect the diversity of our membership: business investors, technology investors, technology builders and business builders. Among the one-click response, 80 percent of respondents indicated they would recommend MTBC membership.More

New and renewing members — February 2015
Thank you to the MTBC members who either joined or renewed their memberships recently. Our members are the lifeline of our organization and serve to make us stronger and more successful. We hope you will join us in welcoming these new members, doing business with them and referring other members to the MTBC.More

Don't mess with Texas startups: Why the Dallas tech scene is set to explode
When you think of Texas, and you think of startups, the city of Austin might first come to mind. It’s a place known for a thriving startup culture, one that consistently ranks highly on those "hottest startup hubs" lists and where the popular SXSW conference attracts thousands of innovators each year. But just 200 miles northeast exists the nation’s fourth-most populated region, where nearly two dozen Fortune 500 companies like AT&T and ExxonMobil have their headquarters, where 25 billionaires call home, and where more than 50 colleges and universities produce talented graduates each year.More

Who will lead cloud computing? Business and IT have different ideas
A new survey of 930 executives suggests that business leaders are moving as quickly as they can to cloud-based solutions, regardless of whether their IT departments are along for the ride. This apparent disconnect stems from expectations "likely rooted in the business units’ desire for more agility and their concerns that central IT is too cautious in cloud adoption — especially public cloud adoption," the survey’s authors deduct.More

PayPal amps up cybersecurity plans
Cybersecurity is the buzzword flooding the payments and commerce space. No matter which company, the narrative is all about security breaches and how to be proactive in combatting attacks — this includes protecting email. And recently, PayPal shared its take on how the company is protecting its customers from fraudulent emails.More

The theory of intersectionality can make cybersecurity collaboration real
Symbolically, the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection was about the White House reaching out to Silicon Valley and the need for collaboration between government, and the manufacturing, finance, and technology industries. Substantively, the President signed an Executive Order to encourage the sharing of cyber threat information.More

Robots replacing human factory workers at fast pace
CIO Today
Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing manufacturing labor costs down 16 percent, a recent report said. The Boston Consulting Group predicts that investment in industrial robots will grow 10 percent a year in the world's 25 biggest export nations through 2025, up from 2 percent to 3 percent a year now. The investment will pay off in lower costs and increased efficiency. More

7 emerging technologies IT should study now
Staying on top of current technologies means anticipating future ones. Here, InformationWeek looks at seven technologies IT should be studying right now. One (or more) of these may well be the next big trend in the industry.More

Women are leaving the tech industry in droves
Los Angeles Times
Ana Redmond launched into a technology career for an exciting challenge and a chance to change the world. She was well-equipped to succeed too: An ambitious math and science wiz, she could code faster, with fewer errors, than anyone she knew. In 2011, after 15 years, she left before achieving a management position. Garann Means became a programmer for similar reasons. After 13 years, she quit too, citing a hostile and unwelcoming environment for women. Neither expects to ever go back.More

And the Oscar goes to…a North Texas engineer!
A Texas Instruments engineer won an Academy Award for DLP tecnnology that turned movie projection from film to digital.More

More than a billion enterprise devices are on the Internet of Things
We hear a lot these days about the Internet of Things, everyday appliances connected to the Internet. But there’s another side to the IoT — using smart devices in the business environment — and rarely do we get a solid look at how big a business it is and how fast it’s growing. That changed recently with the release from Verizon of a fairly comprehensive report that outlines the size of the business and the scope of its growth.More