Tech Insights
Apr. 24, 2013

Do's and don'ts for newly public tech companies
When a venture-backed tech company goes public, their life becomes much tougher. Even for strong companies, like Marin Software, the key is successfully managing the shift of their shareholder base from VCs to public funds. Failure to do so can be punishing.More

Unveil the Clark Kent within North Texas enterprises
It's time to celebrate the talent within — revealing today's tech superhero and bringing innovation to the forefront. Nominations are currently under way for the prestigious 2013 MTBC Tech Titan Awards. These awards recognize the most elite in North Texas technology — individuals currently transforming the high-tech industry and giving companies that competitive edge. The Tech Titan awards showcase the innovators, adopters and executors impacting the technology industry for the greater good.More

MTBC board gets update about various priorities at board meeting
The MTBC board meets quarterly to discuss MTBC priorities and activities. During the April 19 meeting, the board heard about legislative, innovation and STEM priorities.More

Member news: No Magic expands partnership with E2E Technologies to bring Business Middleware to North America
Business Wire via Yahoo Finance
No Magic Inc., the leading global provider of integrated modeling, simulation, and analysis services and solutions, and E2E Technologies, provider of the process-oriented Business Middleware E2E Bridge, recently announced an expansion to their partnership.More

5 big wishes for big data deployments
Big data project leaders still hunger for some key technology ingredients. Starting with SQL analysis, InformationWeek editors examine the top five wants and the people working to solve those problems.More

6 big data analytics use cases for health care IT
The increasing digitization of health care data means that organizations often add terabytes' worth of patient records to data centers annually. At the moment, much of that unstructured data sits unused, having been retained largely for regulatory purposes. However, as speakers at the inaugural Medical Informatics World conference suggest, a little bit of data analytics know-how can go a long way.More

Big data, trying to build better workers
The New York Times
Bosses, as it turns out, really do matter — perhaps far more than even they realize. In call centers, for example, where hourly workers handle a steady stream of calls under demanding conditions, the communication skills and personal warmth of an employee's supervisor are often crucial in determining the employee's tenure and performance. In fact, recent research shows that the quality of the supervisor may be more important than the experience and individual attributes of the workers themselves. More

With big data, context is a big issue
In the war on noise, contextual applications serve as crucial ammunition. With all the hype around big data, we've become extremely proficient at collecting data — be it from enterprise systems, documents, social interactions, or email and collaboration services. The expanding smorgasbord of data collection points are turning increasingly portable and personal, including mobile phones and wearable sensors, resulting in a data mining gold rush that will soon have companies and organizations accruing yottabytes of data.More

Make predictive analytics work
Predictive analytics is currently a hot topic, but many companies are failing to realize the maximum benefit and return on investment from it. David Macwilliam, director at Cortell Corporate Performance Management, explains why this is and what companies can do to rectify the problem.More

AP hack proves Twitter has a serious cybersecurity problem
If Twitter needed any more evidence that it has a serious security problem, this should do it: Stocks plunged sharply April 23 after a hacker accessed a newswire's account and tweeted about a false White House emergency. The shocking tweet came from the Associated Press: "Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured." More

The cloud is killing traditional hardware and software
According to a report by Baird Equity Research Technology, "Cloud services will drive a shrinking IT spending pie. As companies increasingly replace server and networking infrastructure with cloud services, we see a meaningful direct impact on existing hardware and software vendors." That is, traditional enterprise tech vendors will earn less as IT migrates more and more to the cloud. More

The dark side of the digital revolution
The Wall Street Journal
How do you explain to people that they are a YouTube sensation, when they have never heard of YouTube or the Internet? That's a question The Wall Street Journal editors faced during the January visit to North Korea when they attempted to engage with the Pyongyang traffic police. More

Federal budget makes room for cloud, cybersecurity upgrades
E-Commerce Times
Sequestration and budget battles may be ongoing in Congress, but a few federal agencies are still on track for IT system upgrades for fiscal year 2014. Cloud computing and cybersecurity initiatives have survived calls for leaner budgets, and the Departments of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs are the biggest winners so far with funding increases. An overall agency increase of just under 2 percent shows money remains tight, but IT upgrades may still be seen as worthy investments.More

Obama administration commits $3.1 billion to STEM education
As part of the government's goal of preparing students for a STEM-based economy, the Obama administration has committed $3.1 billion to improve STEM education nationwide. Roughly $450 million will be directed toward boosting the number of trained educators and developing new programs aimed at getting students interested in career fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.More

The secret to success? Make laziness embarrassing
Successful people create accountability systems that boost important but not urgent items to the top of their priority lists — ideally in a way that makes failure really uncomfortable.More

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. More

Texas Legislature should keep Texas graduation standards high
Commentary by MTBC President/CEO William C. Sproull
Texas has blazed a trail of raising high school graduation requirements and testing standards to meet the growing demands of the 21st century.More

2013 IT Salary Survey: IT Executives
Executive compensation is a contentious topic in IT, but as it turns out, having their opinions valued, helping set company strategy and doing challenging work are what really matter to executives.More

The secret to success? Make laziness embarrassing
Successful people create accountability systems that boost important but not urgent items to the top of their priority lists — ideally in a way that makes failure really uncomfortable.More

Why business leaders must master data and analytics
There's a war on talent. The explosion of data in the digital universe is creating a skill gap and is opening up many new career opportunities in management. A recent study from McKinsey Global Institute estimates that the United States needs 1.5 million more data-savvy managers to take full advantage of big data. Managers, not IT professionals. Leaders, not programmers.More