Tech Insights
Mar. 21, 2013

Accenture: Predictive analytics adoption triples
Computer Weekly
Chief data officers are rising to the leadership of business analytics programs in the U.K. and U.S. more quickly than expected, according to an Accenture study that surveyed the field for the first time since 2009. The survey of 600 executives — 300 in the U.K. and 300 in the U.S. — disclosed that 66 percent of responding companies have appointed senior figures, often called chief data officers, in the past 18 months. Moreover, 71 percent of the organizations that have not yet appointed a senior figure responsible data management strategies and policies expect to do so soon. More

Deadline for MTBC's TechQuest for Ericsson extended to March 29
Many innovative cloud and communications ideas have been received in the latest MTBC TechQuest, but the deadline has been extended until March 29. 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 can be submitted at

MTBC creates CIO roundtable, a forum by CIOs for CIOs
The MTBC has started a new offering for CIOs to focus on their needs and allowing them to network between themselves. The inaugural session was held March 8 at Texas Instruments. The roundtable was sponsored by presenting sponsor InfoVision and endowed sponsor Deloitte. Calling personal data "the new oil of the Internet," guest speaker, professor Alex "Sandy" Pentland of MIT, lead area CIOs through a thought-provoking discussion of big data and how it will be managed in the future.More

DataBank announces Richardson data center open house
DataBank will be hosting an open house March 28 at their newest data center facility in Richardson. The event will highlight DataBank's latest facility, a high quality multitenant data center. Completed in February, the site has undergone a rigorous commissioning and coordination process to ensure the entire infrastructure operates at the highest levels of efficiency and redundancy. Customer deployments have already begun within the new facility, and private tours for prospective clients that require a zero-downtime solution for their critical IT infrastructure can be arranged by appointment. More

Venture capitalists bet big on cybersecurity startups
USA Today
Major cyberattacks can come in waves, and, in any case, are relentless. Perpetrators are everywhere and increasingly sophisticated, and they could be government spy organizations, organized criminals or affiliated or independent hackers of many different stripes. What is the solution? No perfect one exists — the bad guys are almost as well financed and are as smart as the good guys, and they don't have to be right all the time. The U.S. free enterprise system, spearheaded by innovative startups supported by the venture capital community as well as big, sophisticated technology corporations, is doing the right thing and helping the good guys, including the government, fight the cyberattack threat.More

Internet providers persuade FCC panel against cybersecurity recommendations
The Wall Street Journal
Big Internet providers seem to have talked their way out of unwelcome new recommendations on cybersecurity. An original draft of a report by an advisory panel to the Federal Communications Commission, viewed by The Wall Street Journal, endorsed a list of concrete suggestions for major telecommunications and cable companies to tackle the cybersecurity problem. Those measures — which included steps such as controlling which employees have administrative privileges on company networks — weren't backed in the final report, which was recently released.More

5 trends that will drive the future of technology
Trends get a bad rap, mostly because they are often equated with fashions. Yet trends can be important, especially those long in the making. If lots of smart people are willing to spend years of their lives and millions of dollars on an idea, there's probably something to it. Today, we're on the brink of a new digital paradigm, where the capabilities of our technology are beginning to outstrip our own. Computers are deciding which products to stock on shelves, performing legal discovery and even winning game shows. They will soon be driving our cars and making medical diagnoses. Here are five trends that are driving it all.More

Commentary: Removing obstacles to STEM education is critical to US vitality
The Huffington Post
Embracing technology is critically important, as 21st-century jobs will increasingly require an educated and highly skilled workforce, according to Dr. Mohammad Quayoumi, president of San Jose State University. Over the next 10 years, 5 out of 8 new jobs and 8 out of 10 of the highest paying positions in the United States will be in careers related to science, technology, education and math subjects. But in a decade, the United States could face a shortage of 1 million STEM graduates. The nation's economic vitality hangs in the balance.More

How data science is advancing the 'nudge' to influence mobile behaviors
Have you added two dollars to your grocery bill to benefit a local charity? Decreased your power usage after being shown how much your neighbors were using? Had better aim when using a urinal with the image of a fly etched into the porcelain? If you answered yes, then consider yourself "nudged." And yes, the urinal approach is actually being used in Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport restrooms. Attributed to Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein in their best-selling book "Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness," a "nudge" is a signal — which could be contextual or environmental versus written or verbal — that changes the behavior or decision that a human will make.More

CIOs consider skipping private cloud
Is cloud just a way to outsource low-risk, low-return business processes to save money or a potentially revolutionary new way of working?More

4 big BYOD trends for 2013
Last year, research firm Gartner heralded the bring your own device, or BYOD, phenomenon as the "most radical shift in enterprise client computing since the introduction of the PC."More

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.More

The religion of innovation
MIT Technology Review
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins took a shot at Apple, speaking to a reporter for The Australian Financial Review. While couching his statement in respectful terms — "Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market" — Heins nonetheless suggested that Apple was lagging behind. "The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old," he told the Review. Meanwhile, a series of analysts have suggested that Apple is taking too long to release its hardware updates. Charles Golvin said that Apple's current rate of releases is "not an adequate cadence for Apple to remain at the forefront of smartphone innovation today."More

Wireless charging soon available for devices smaller than mobile phones
Technical Research Centre of Finland via ScienceDaily
Wireless charging will soon be available for more and more mobile phones. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is working with the industry's leading technological companies and standardization bodies to expand the scope of application of wireless charging technology to other, smaller portable devices, such as mobile phone accessories, wrist devices, wireless mice and sensors. This can be done by combining wireless power transmission with NFC connectivity technology, which enables cost-effective and compact design.More

CIOs consider skipping private cloud
Is cloud just a way to outsource low-risk, low-return business processes to save money or a potentially revolutionary new way of working? That's the kind of question one might expect of a hard-core cloud convert or cloud services provider. But according to Mark Tonsetic, practice manager in the IT practice at CEB, a member-based global advisory organization, it's a question that blue chip CIOs are beginning to ask. More

Why cloud computing is slowly winning the trust war
Seeing skeptical CIOs agree to cloud-based pilots of Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Resource Planning and other applications is evidence of how cloud computing is slowly winning the trust war. Further evidence can be seen from how skeptical many of these CIOs initially were, and how successful pilots led to their gradual trust.More

Cloud computing hinders data deletion
Financial Times
In 1997, a hospital in an eastern province of Finland was embroiled in a data scandal. The hospital had sold some of its old computer equipment without thoroughly wiping the hard drives and personal details of some 3,000 heart patients were leaked into the public domain. The incident — though small by today's standards of data loss — played out in the Finnish press, and inspired two local entrepreneurs to set up a company that helps businesses delete electronic data simply and efficiently.More

What was the real purpose of that meeting?
By C. Fredrick Crum
Why was a meeting called that will suspend the progress of the organization or individual team members? Great thought must go into what is the real purpose of a meeting. Most leaders misuse or underestimate the power of meetings. In calling a meeting, leaders must have a specific result they are striving to achieve in mind. The real purpose is normally not defined in an agenda item or items. Effective leaders know how to unleash the real purpose and power of meetings.More

Want smarter employees? Quiz them
Your teachers who used to torment you with pop quizzes, and complex final exams weren't just trying to torture you. They wanted to see what you had learned, in order to know what help you needed in order to master the material. But, we've known for years that the act of actually taking the test — recalling information — actually helps you learn. It's not just the studying for the test that helps you, the test taking itself cements the information.More

Infographic: 13 business apps for busy entrepreneurs
Your smartphone isn't just for checking email and playing "Temple Run." Business owners can perform a variety of tasks on those smartphones when they're away from the office — far away, in fact, like on a beach or ski lift. A recent infographic from compiled 13 of these apps that help with financial management, communication, customer support and more. More