Tech Insights
Oct. 9, 2013

Federal officials: Shutdown heightens cybersecurity risks
Senior federal officials are voicing concern that the partial shutdown of federal operations and the furlough of thousands of cybersecurity and intelligence specialists are an open invitation to hackers to exploit security vulnerabilities. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel says he fears the reduced number of cybersecurity professionals on active duty across federal agencies gives hackers greater opportunities to move about within agency IT networks and heightens the risks agencies already face that their systems could be compromised.More

Verizon challenges Amazon with Verizon Cloud
Verizon has announced details about a new cloud computing service for business, Verizon Cloud, an IaaS offering the company claims will offer better end-user control over performance than any other cloud solution.More

New research paper forecasts 2014 to be 'year of ERP cloud'
Cloud Tech
With executives satisfied that they can get a return on investment for low-level apps in the cloud, 2014 is going to be the year when enterprise mission-critical apps will take charge, according to cloud infrastructure platform provider Virtustream.More

STEM graduates more satisfied with higher education results
IT Business Edge
An ambitious study carried out earlier this year by McKinsey & Company and Chegg Inc. sought to uncover the "voice of the graduate" on the challenges facing higher education in the United States. While the overall tone of the results skews toward the negative, a few bright spots stood out among responses from recent graduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Their satisfaction with their educational experiences and their expectations for future employment were more positive than the average.More

Member news: Mavenir Systems files for $86.25 million IPO
Dallas Business Journal
Richardson-based Mavenir Systems, which provides mobile infrastructure solutions for LTE operators, filed for a $86.25 million initial public offering Oct. 4. The company plans to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under MVNR, with Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank serving as lead underwriters.More

Start small, grow tall: Debunking 3 big data myths
Enterprises don't need petabytes of data, a small army of data scientists or even a big budget to get a meaningful start with big data — thanks to Hadoop. Harness big data, the common refrain in many business and technology publications goes, and you shall be able to better acquire and serve customers, optimize all sorts of business processes and even open up entirely new markets with data-driven products.More

Gartner: The much-hyped 3-D printer market is entering a new growth phase
Three-dimensional printing remains a nascent market, despite high levels of hype around the technology's potential — such as, most recently, news that astronauts will be using a 3-D printer in space next year. The hype may be a little overblown, but there's no doubting the technology's trajectory. Enter analyst Gartner with a new report that predicts worldwide shipments of sub-$100,000 3-D printers will grow 49 percent this year, to reach a total of 56,507 units.More

Verizon challenges Amazon with Verizon Cloud
Verizon has announced details about a new cloud computing service for business, Verizon Cloud, an IaaS offering the company claims will offer better end-user control over performance than any other cloud solution.More

3-D printing aims to deliver organs on demand
Patients could someday receive a 3-D printed organ made from their own cells rather than wait on long lists for the short supply of organ transplants. Such a futuristic dream remains far from reality, but labs and private companies have already taken the first careful steps by using 3-D printing technology.More

The health care sector will invest $5.4 billion in cloud computing by 2017
Cloud computing services are increasingly moving into the future in health care. However, the protection and security of private data are two of the main reasons why the health care sector is generally slow to adopt new technologies. More

MIT researchers propose self-assembling robots as future of construction
Picture this: self-assembling blocks that, when given a task, have the ability to reorganize themselves into new geometries. This is precisely what research scientist, John Romanishin, at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has long envisioned for a near future — robotic modules known as M-Blocks. Romanishin has teamed a professor and colleague to prototype robotic cubes with no external moving parts, able to climb over, around and even leap onto each other.More

Nanotechnology researchers fabricate foldable lithium-ion batteries
Nanowerk News
Over the past few years, we have seen an explosion of interest in electronic devices based on paper or textile components. These substrates are attractive because they can impart flexibility and low-cost manufacturing to devices such as transistors, circuits, light-emitting diodes and batteries.More

21 ways to be a better leader without breaking a sweat
It's not rocket science. Being a better leader starts with the little things. Here's what you need to know.More

7 steps to keep employees safe in the workplace
We live in a world where bad things happen in the workplace. Shots were fired near the White House, and less recently, a lone gunman created havoc at the Navy Shipyards. As much as we fear the acts and despise the perpetrators, the reality is that these events have become commonplace. In addition to these acts of terror, the safety of your team can be at risk due to natural disasters and other unexpected events. And yet few people ever really think it will happen to them. To help you lead safely at work, here are seven very important thinking points.More