Tech Insights
Aug. 21, 2013

Dr. Rolf Haberecht, technology visionary and entrepreneur, named to Tech Titans Hall of Fame
The Metroplex Technology Business Council, the leader in advancing technology-based enterprises in North Texas, will induct Dr. Rolf Haberecht to the organization's Tech Titans Hall of Fame. Slated this year for Aug. 23, the MTBC's annual Tech Titans gala recognizes technology companies and individuals in North Texas who have made significant contributions to their industries in the previous year. More

Legislative: Immigration reform affects the future of your industry
The MTBC needs your help in urging your local congressional representative help overhaul the immigration system to ease the chronic shortage of highly skilled STEM workers in this region. The Senate has passed its version of immigration reform. Now the debate has moved to the House. The MTBC does not take a position on any specific bill; rather, it supports immigration reforms that address five key areas. More

Tech Titans: Where are they now? Net-Centric IUCRC Software & Systems Center at UNT
Krishna Kavi's philosophy is simple: Sharing is caring. The director of Net-Centric IUCRC Software & Systems Center at the University of North Texas founded a research institute in 2009 for universities throughout the nation to provide for collaboration between industrial employees and academic members. The center undertakes research in education, technology development and technology transfer services in order to develop and commercialize new technological products. More

Hackathon to solve 20 problems existing over 20 years
Dallas Business Journal
In September, a group of hackers will spend three consecutive days trying to solve 20 problems that have plagued lives for more than 20 years. The 20 over 20 event, hosted by Dallas startup Dialexa LLC, will culminate with one winning solution that will earn one team $10,000 in cash or equity from Dallas Venture Partners towards a new startup.More

Gartner's 2013 Emerging Technologies hype cycle focuses on humans and machines
New technologies take time to mature, but Gartner's annual hype cycle diagram provides a guide to whether they are being overhyped and how close they are to becoming productive.More

5 IT salary negotiation tips
Many job hunters loathe the salary negotiation process, and it's no wonder: According to a new Staffing and Recruiting Pulse survey from CareerBuilder, two-thirds of candidates are disappointed with employers' offers. That's up 6 percentage points from last year. But what makes the process so uncomfortable for job seekers? Nicole Williams, career expert for LinkedIn and founder of career consultancy firm Works, says it has to do with confidence.More

Top 5 tips for becoming a successful entrepreneur
Mike Bloomberg via LinkedIn
The following are some tips for becoming a successful entrepreneur based on Mike Bloomberg's experience of building a company from the ground up, leading New York City as mayor and founding a philanthropic organization.More

Slideshow: 9 tips to avoid IT midcareer slump
Don't let yourself be cast as the IT pro who's stuck, grumpy or complacent. Consider these midcareer moves.More

Gartner's 2013 Emerging Technologies hype cycle focuses on humans and machines
New technologies take time to mature, but Gartner's annual hype cycle diagram provides a guide to whether they are being overhyped and how close they are to becoming productive.More

How to tease out great ideas from every person on your team
Fast Company
Before Paul Slezak joined Australian startup RecruitLoop, he was managing a business in Hong Kong. His team there was, in a word, diverse. Local staff was mixed with expat staff from Australia, the U.K., France, the Netherlands, Singapore, the Philippines, the U.S. and Canada.More

Fast Tech finalist: Tech-services firm projekt202 adding jobs, locations
Dallas Business Journal
Dallas-based technology services company projekt202 plans to add 30 to 40 jobs over the next year, as the switch from engineering-focused to design-focused application development drives the firm's growth, CEO Keith Jacobs said.More

3 major trends in new discovery analytics
SmartData Collective
Recently, Tony Cosentino, an expert in helping business and IT organizations develop strategies for using information, wrote an article on the four pillars of big data analytics. One of those pillars is what is called discovery analytics where visual analytics and data discovery combine together to meet the business and analyst needs. Cosentino's colleague Mark Smith subsequently clarified the four types of discovery analytics: visual discovery, data discovery, information discovery and event discovery. Now, Cosentino wants to follow up with a discussion of three trends that their research has uncovered in this space.More

5 tools businesses can use for predictive analytics
Street Fight
Predictive analytics tools give merchants a way to predict how their customers and potential customers will react to certain promotions and where they're likely to drop out of the purchase funnel based on historical data and real-time campaign insights. This information allows businesses to reconsider their offers and messages, based on which campaigns are most likely to result in actual sales. Here are five platforms that businesses can use for predictive analytics.More

Samsung preps Galaxy smartwatch
Samsung's new smartwatch may debut as soon as September. Samsung will show off the Galaxy Gear at the IFA trade show in Berlin. The company has a press conference scheduled for Sept. 4. More than just a notification tool, the Galaxy Gear will be able to make phone calls and browse the Web. The Galaxy Gear will run a version of Google's Android operating system, according to anonymous sources cited by Bloomberg. More

A personalized robot companion for older people
A highly customizable robot companion designed by EU-funded researchers to offer support to older people is currently being presented across Europe and could find its way into people's homes within two or three years, potentially greatly enhancing quality of life for older citizens and people with memory or mobility problems. More