Tech Insights
Mar. 13, 2013

Commentary: 8 tools changing business technology resiliency
What do cloud gateways, emergency communications tools, and disaster recovery as a service all have in common? All are changing the way businesses run their continuity programs. The products that make up the business technology resiliency market landscape historically have been fragmented and ill-defined, despite the fact that the products share a common mission: improving uptime. Although no organization is bullet proof, understanding the business value of these technologies and where they fit into your environment is key to enabling the always-on, always-available extended enterprise. To help you develop your strategy for business technology resiliency for the next few years, Forrester has identified eight disruptive technologies that infrastructure and operations professionals must keep on their watch list for 2013 and beyond.More

MTBC seeking innovative cloud and communications technology for Ericsson
Innovative companies have a unique opportunity to establish a relationship with telecom giant Ericsson, which is seeking innovative solutions involving cloud-based computing and communications. Ericsson is working with the MTBC TechQuest program to give small, innovative companies the opportunity to present their technologies to Ericsson executives. Applications are currently being accepted and are due by March 15 at

MTBC new and renewed memberships
Thank you to the MTBC members who either joined or renewed their memberships this month. 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 others members to the MTBC.More

Member profile: TEO Labs
Teo Inc. is an end-to-end QA and testing company offering quality assurance and software testing services. The company is committed to improving quality by providing superior QA solutions to customers and partners worldwide as well as advancing QA and testing methodologies.More

As cyberthreats mount, business is booming in the security world
Fox Business
With everyone from Facebook to the Federal Reserve suffering high-profile cyberintrusions, it's never been a better time to be involved in the multibillion dollar cybersecurity business. The dramatically increased attention from corporate America and the federal government alike has helped transform cybersecurity from a niche area few CEOs lost sleep over, to a key growth sector that is likely to receive a larger and larger chunk of both private and public sector budgets.More

Raytheon, Lockheed to get US secrets for cybersecurity
Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. are vying with telecommunications companies to defend banks and power grids from computer attacks, in a program that gives them access to classified U.S. government data on cyberthreats. President Barack Obama’s Feb. 12 cybersecurity executive order authorized the Department of Homeland Security to let new companies get the government intelligence. Obama and U.S. officials have said sharing classified threat data with companies is essential to help prevent cyberattacks that could cause deaths or economic disruption.More

3 reasons why your top IT pros leave
Attracting top talent is harder than ever for chief information officers, chief technology officers and IT managers. That makes retaining the "A" performers on your current team all the more crucial. So why do your best people keep leaving for other jobs? There's a diverse set of reasons why IT pros seek greener pastures in another organization, ranging from the empirical — a 30 percent raise, say — to the anecdotal. Perhaps their boss' idiosyncrasies drive them to the loony bin. More

IDC: Android tablets pushing aside iPad
Smaller, cheaper Android tablets will nibble away at the iPad's market share this year. IDC recently revised its forecasts for the tablet market through 2013, which it now believes will climb to 190.9 million total units shipped. By the end of the year, IDC predicts that more Android tablets will be shipped than iPads for the first time since the iPad's 2010 debut.More

Sequester cuts to affect aid, research at DFW universities
Dallas Business Journal
Federal budget cuts mandated by the so-called sequester will take millions of dollars away from some North Texas universities, but it won't be spread out evenly, and it won't all happen this year.More

Nanotechnology devices to dramatically boost energy efficiency
Nanowerk News
A recent breakthrough by scientists from NUS and University College Cork may mean the arrival of highly energy-efficient smartphones and tablets that can last up to 10 times their usual life. A group headed by assistant professor Christian A. Nijhuis from the NUS Department of Chemistry and Dr. Damien Thompson from Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork, Ireland, managed to overcome the great challenge of developing miniature active components that do not overheat while showing electrical properties, to create ultrasmall devices using molecules. These items are so small that 50,000 of them can be lined up back-to-back to fit on the diameter of a human hair.More

Using EV charging as a 'shock absorber' for the grid
Smart Grid News
Advanced plug-in EV charging systems provider AeroVironment and DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have announced an agreement they say will result in wider adoption of PEVs by using them to help make the electric grid more stable. "We are working to broaden the adoption of plug-in vehicles to help achieve America's environmental, economic and energy security goals," said Wahid Nawabi, senior vice president and general manager of AeroVironment's Efficient Energy Systems business segment. "While easily and reliably charging PEVs, this grid-friendly charging system will also improve grid performance, turning PEVs and their chargers into a valuable solution to a broader challenge." More

Analytical theory may bring improvements to lithium-ion batteries
Purdue University via ScienceDaily
Researchers have shown theoretically how to control or eliminate the formation of "dendrites" that cause lithium-ion batteries to fail, an advance that, if realized, would improve safety and might enable the batteries to be charged within a matter of minutes instead of hours. The dendrites are lithium deposits that form on electrode surfaces and may continue to grow until they cause an internal short circuit, which results in battery failure and possible fire.More

Making cloud computing more efficient
MIT News
For many companies, moving their Web-application servers to the cloud is an attractive option, since cloud computing services can offer economies of scale, extensive technical support and easy accommodation of demand fluctuations. But for applications that depend heavily on database queries, cloud hosting can pose as many problems as it solves. Cloud services often partition their servers into "virtual machines," each of which gets so many operations per second on a server's central processing unit, so much space in memory, and the like. That makes cloud servers easier to manage, but for database-intensive applications, it can result in the allocation of about 20 times as much hardware as should be necessary. And the cost of that overprovisioning gets passed on to customers.More

The 10 best countries for cloud computing
Japan, Australia and the United States take the lead as the countries with the most cloud-friendly policies and laws, a new study shows. The study, covering the technology environments of 24 nations, finds mixed progress. More

The sensitive robot: How haptic technology is closing the mechanical gap
Popular Science
There are surgeons operating on patients right now who can't feel their instruments. Similarly, there are workers in nuclear facilities around the world using remote manipulator arms to handle radioactive materials without a sense of what they're touching. It's an epidemic of numbness that afflicts virtually everyone who performs a manual job with robotic assistance — from bomb disposal experts in Afghanistan to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. More

Robots can now collaborate over their very own Internet
One of the more serious limitations facing the robotics industry today is that each bot it produces is an island unto itself. Worse, robots' primitive artificial intelligence doesn’t allow for intuitive thinking or problem solving — what’s known as artificial general intelligence. Looking to overcome this problem, researchers from several different European universities have developed a cloud computing platform for robots that will allow them to collaborate — and make each other smarter — over the Internet.More

10 reasons salespeople lose deals
Harvard Business Review
Over the past year Steve W. Martin, author of "Heavy Hitter Sales Linguistics: 101 Advanced Sales Call Strategies for Senior Salespeople," has had the opportunity to interview several hundred business-to-business salespeople about how they win over prospective clients and the circumstances when they lose. These interviews were conducted with salespeople across a wide variety of industries including high technology, telecommunications, financial services, consulting, industrial equipment, health care and electronics, to name a few. Their companies ranged from startups to billions of dollars in sales with the majority being between $50 million and $500 million in annual revenue.More