Tech Insights
Apr. 10, 2013

The tech industry's massive marketing problem
The U.S. has a skilled-developer shortage, and it's one of its own making. While Silicon Valley wrings its hands over H1B visa caps on skilled foreign workers, the bigger issue remains the U.S.' inability to educate its own citizens. Actually, it may be worse than this: While we may educate a surplus of STEM students for traditional STEM roles, we seem to fail to entice enough of them to get into technology.More

Gain recognition along with the top technology companies in North Texas
If you envision yourself or your company as a key player in North Texas technology, you won't want to miss this opportunity for peer validation. Nominations are now open for the prestigious MTBC Tech Titans awards. These awards recognize the best of the best in North Texas technology and a make a big impact on your reputation in the industry. Recipients will be recognized at a formal banquet attended by 700-plus top executives and coverage in the Dallas Business Journal.More

Don't confuse big data with storage
How much big data should your organization save? And how much should you back up? Big data plays an important role in today's business world, but it's not up there with mission-critical applications that are essential to an organization's day-to-day operations. That's according to Michael de la Torre, vice president of product management for SunGard Availability Services, an IT services company that provides, among other things, disaster recovery services. More

Selecting big data sources for predictive analytics
SmartData Collective
Why is big data valuable? Because it's big? Not really. In fact, very large datasets always come with a very large set of headaches. Storage, maintenance and management of very large datasets are not simple. And just having a lot of data doesn't guarantee a lot of value. The value of any dataset is determined by the quality of information you can extract from it. The key to value in big data is the detail. In other words, the value of big data is in the small stuff.More

Why tech projects fail: 5 unspoken reasons
Depending on which consultancy you ask and what they're ultimately trying to sell you, the failure rate for technology projects is anywhere from 37 to 75 percent. If managing technology pays your mortgage, you usually explain away those failures by pointing to your gray world: gray requirements, gray resources, gray planning and gray risks. But that's not the whole story. Here are five unspoken reasons IT projects fail as often as they do, drawn from the author's two decades as an IT manager and executive in the financial services industry.More

CMOs set to spend more on new tech than CIOs
Executives and business users from all industries are embracing social, mobile and cloud technologies to enhance their day-to-day operations. Marketing technology specifically has experienced tremendous growth and innovation due to social media, mobile device usage and Web 2.0. Within the next five years, according to Gartner, marketing will see chief marketing officers spending more on new digital technology than CIOs.More

Slideshow: 10 best and worst cellphones of all time
From clamshell to multitouch, these cellphones made their mark — for better or worse.More

Ericsson to buy Microsoft IPTV business
Swedish telecom equipment-maker Ericsson recently struck a deal to buy Microsoft Corp.'s Mediaroom IPTV business, which makes software used by phone companies to deliver television over the Internet, making it the world's leader in a growing business.More

IT needs to think like sales
CIOs don't have sales quotas, but they may want to think more like salespeople. Not that they need to always be closing, but it may make sense to always be challenging. That was the premise of a webinar on what IT can learn from sales, hosted by officials at the research and consulting firm Corporate Executive Board. More

UTeach Dallas meets fundraising challenge, receives $2 million
University of Texas at Dallas
Dallas-area foundations and industry partners in science and technology have provided $2 million to support an innovative program at The University of Texas at Dallas aimed at training the teachers who will inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, doctors and entrepreneurs.More

Verizon's $10 million new-ideas contest now accepting submissions
IDG News Service via
Verizon Communications is now accepting submissions for a contest in which the company will award $10 million in prize money to individuals and organizations worldwide that come up with innovative ideas in education, health care and sustainability.More

Selecting big data sources for predictive analytics
SmartData Collective
Why is big data valuable? Because it's big? Not really. In fact, very large datasets always come with a very large set of headaches.More

5 myths of cloud computing
Data Center Knowledge
Technologies around the Internet and the WAN have been around for some time. However, it wasn't until very recently that a specific term began circulating that was supposed to emphasize the combination of these technologies.More

High-skilled visa requests likely to exceed supply as Congress looks to expand program
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
The Homeland Security Department expects applications for high-skilled immigration visas to outpace the available supply in a matter of days.More

Huawei sees sales rising 10 percent on cloud computing, smartphones
China's Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., the world's No.2 telecom equipment-maker, recently said it expects a compound growth rate of 10 percent in annual sales over the next five years, lifted by cloud computing and smartphone sales.More

US Navy issues new cloud computing policy
The Department of the Navy CIO recently sent out the memo, Department of the Navy Approach to Cloud Computing. The memo states that to increase efficiency and achieve necessary cost savings, the department is moving forward to employ capable cloud computing solutions that meet mission and security requirements, and provide best value. Unless a more cost-effective solution is identified, the first step will be moving DON systems that host publicly releasable information to commercial cloud service providers who meet all requirements.More

7 rules for managing creative people
Harvard Business Review
Moody, erratic, eccentric and arrogant? Perhaps — but you can't just get rid of them. In fact, unless you learn to get the best out of your creative employees, you will sooner or later end up filing for bankruptcy. Conversely, if you just hire and promote people who are friendly and easy to manage, your firm will be mediocre at best. Suppressed creativity is a malign organizational tumor. Although every organization claims to care about innovation, very few are willing to do what it takes to keep their creative people happy, or at least, productive. So what are the keys to engaging and retaining creative employees? More

6 ways to conquer leadership pressure
How a leader deals with pressure will tell you much about who they are as a person. Their reaction to pressure will reveal the strength of their character and conviction, what and whom they value, and whether or not they can be trusted. The reality is most people buckle under pressure. Only a few handle pressure well, and even fewer possess the qualities to be able to thrive on pressure.More