Tech Insights
Aug. 27, 2014

Tech Titans winners named
The Metroplex Technology Business Council, the largest technology trade association in Texas, announced the winners of its 14th annual Tech Titans awards. Tech Titans are recognized as outstanding technology companies and individuals in the North Texas area who have made significant contributions to their industries during the past year.More

Uniting for STEM scholarships
On Thursday, Sept. 18, thousands of North Texans are expected to make donations to their favorite charities as part of North Texas Giving Day, one of the nation's largest online fund raising events. This year for the first time, the Metroplex Technology Business Council is joining forces with North Texas Giving Day, hoping to raise funds for the MTBC STEM fund.More

Results of software development skills survey now available
We are pleased to share the results of a recent TECNA-University of Phoenix survey, in which members of the MTBC participated, on software development/engineering skills needed for industry success in the next two to four years. More

Azpen Innovation named fastest-growing midsize tech firm in DFW
Dallas Business Journal
Azpen Innovation Inc. grew almost 3,000 percent in two years after it more than doubled its product line and its retail channel. The Plano-based company makes tablets, wireless products and gaming devices and is beginning to make its foray into wearable technology and increasing its available software. It recently received the Metroplex Technology Business Council's Fast Tech award at the Tech Titans gala. More

Dallas is 1 of the nation's top cities to work in tech
Dallas Business Journal
Dallas has been ranked as one of the nation's top cities to work in the technology industry. The city took the No. 4 spot in a study conducted by SmartAsset, a financial resources website. The company based 200 cities' pay for tech workers, percentage of workforce employed in the tech industry and low cost of living, all of which helped make up the city index score.More

The Internet of Things 2014
The Huffington Post
Responding to her Friday morning alarm, Stacey gets out of bed. Simultaneously, items throughout her house begin preparing for the day. Although it is cloudy outside, the interior is lighted with tones of a beautiful sunrise, per Stacey's personalized lighting scheme. The water heater makes sure the shower will be to her preference. When she enters the bathroom, her motion starts coffee brewing and breakfast cooking in the microwave.More

11 great things companies are doing with big data
CIO Insight
One company is using big data to improve the aviation industry's on-time performance. Another is turning to analytics to streamline the launch of complex marketing campaigns. A third is reducing its environment impact through these tools. By now, it's clear that the potential for data analytics is limited only by the human imagination. That's great news for businesses as they deploy these solutions to boost brand loyalty, increase sales, expand to new markets, improve efficiencies and lower expenses. More

Software focus impacting router decisions
RCR Wireless News
The telecommunications industry's increased focus on software-based solutions tapping into software-defined networks and network function virtualization is set to impact router purchasing decisions, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.More

Medical implants and printable body parts to drive 3-D printer growth
The Guardian
False teeth, hip joints and replacement knees — and potentially printable skin and organs — will drive growth in the burgeoning market for 3-D printers over the next decade, according to new research. A report suggests that dentistry and medicine will increasingly harness one of the 21st century's most exciting technological breakthroughs. More

Any government can track your cellphone with right technology
The Dallas Morning News
Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments around the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent. The technology works by exploiting an essential fact of all cellular networks: They must keep detailed, up-to-the-minute records on their customers' locations to deliver calls and other services.More

Using technology to make college football better, faster, safer
USA Today
In a small meeting room on Nike's campus in early July, with the simmering field turf to their backs, college football's top quarterback recruits received an introduction to the next phase in sports training. The introduction came via former Ohio State quarterback Joe Germaine, the director of system operations for Axon Sports, an Arizona-based performance company with roots in neuroscience — the study of the brain and nervous system — and an emphasis on cognitive training.More

The most productive times to hold a meeting
American Express OPEN Forum
Are Monday meetings a waste of time? Are morning meetings better than lunch meetings? American Express OPEN Forum editors dissect the best days and times to schedule important meetings.More

Employers aren't just whining — the 'skills gap' is real
Harvard Business Review
Every year, the Manpower Group, a human resources consultancy, conducts a worldwide Talent Shortage Survey. Last year, 35 percent of 38,000 employers reported difficulty filling jobs due to lack of available talent; in the U.S., 39 percent of employers did. But the idea of a "skills gap" as identified in this and other surveys has been widely criticized. More