Tech Insights
Oct. 30, 2013

Laps to laptops: Formula One sells its big data know-how
Wander around the pits at a Formula One car race and you're as likely to bump into a laptop-wielding scientist or engineer as a mechanic with a spanner. And the lessons they are drawing from sensors on F1 tracks, cars and drivers are finding their way into a surprising range of industries — from drilling oil wells to making toothpaste.More

How to attract, keep Gen Y software engineers
Engineering enrollment at universities in the U.S. is on the rise. As these new graduates hit the market, most employers have no clue how to attract them, how to train them, what core skills they bring to the table and what will make them happy and productive.More

US proposes minimal corporate cybersecurity standards
A U.S. bureau recently unveiled a draft of voluntary standards that companies can adopt to boost cybersecurity — part of an attempt to protect critical industries without setting restrictive and costly regulations. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, a nonregulatory agency that is part of the Department of Commerce, issued the so-called framework following input from some 3,000 industry and academic experts.More

3 ways to mitigate data center disruptions with maintenance flexibility
Guest writer Michael Lahoud, Stream Data Centers
In the formative years of data center outsourcing, service outages were a big concern. Over the past two decades, the industry has continuously improved mission-critical IT performance, and many providers now employ redundant systems — dual water supplies for cooling equipment, back-up electrical feeds and other safeguards — to ensure maximum up-times, even under extreme conditions.More

IEEE Medical Device Symposium bringing together researchers and industry Nov. 7
IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Dallas Chapter and The University of Texas at Dallas will present the Second Annual IEEE Medical Device Symposium, in collaboration with The University of Texas at Arlington and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. This symposium includes invited talks, a student poster session, sponsor exhibit showcase and banquet reception. More

Smart leadership: Delegate, prioritize and simplify
Being the boss has its perks, but it isn't always an easy job. There are a lot of decisions to make and responsibilities to deal with, especially when you have a team of people counting on you for direction. While a leadership position does demand time and effort, good leaders know that you don't have to live in the office to effectively guide your employees. Smart leadership is about making the most of your work hours by learning to delegate, prioritize and simplify.More

Survey highlights shortage of job applicants with a STEM background
Education Week
The latest edition of an annual survey on science education is titled U.S. STEM Workforce Shortage — Myth or Reality? The answer, the survey concludes, is it is reality with American companies reporting a lack of candidates with science, technology, engineering and math qualifications to fill a growing number of jobs in the area. More

'Sesame Street' wants kids to log on and learn STEM
Muppets may never age, but they can still keep up with the times. In late September, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational arm of the long-running children's TV series "Sesame Street," launched Little Discoverers, a new "digital destination" for children and parents to engage in science, technology, engineering and math.More

Alcatel reportedly working on new 7-inch tablet
Dallas Business Journal
Alcatel may be ready to launch a new 7-inch tablet that would come in multiple colors and run on a version of the Google Android operating system.More

Low-priced nanotechnology plastic photovoltaics
Nanowerk News
Photovoltaic devices, which tap the power of the sun and convert it to electricity, offer a green — and potentially unlimited — alternative to fossil fuel use. So, why haven't solar technologies been more widely adopted? Quite simply, "they're too expensive," says Ji-Seon Kim, a senior lecturer in experimental solid-state physics at Imperial College London, who, along with her colleagues, has come up with a technology that might help bring the prices down. More

Researchers shape-shift 3-D printing into 4-D
The Denver Post
Imagine buying your flat-packed table or bookcase at the furniture store, taking it home and watching it magically morph into a finished product — no tools, no muss, no fuss. That's not so far-fetched under research unveiled by mechanical engineering faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder.More

How to attract, keep Gen Y software engineers
Engineering enrollment at universities in the U.S. is on the rise. As these new graduates hit the market, most employers have no clue how to attract them, how to train them, what core skills they bring to the table and what will make them happy and productive.More

The health care sector will invest $5.4 billion in cloud computing by 2017
Market researchers at MarketsandMarkets assume that the health care industry will invest $5.4 billion in cloud computing by 2017.More

Dallas top city for smartphone, tablet use
If you had to guess which city has the highest adoption rate of smartphones, would Dallas have been your pick? According to Soasta, 76 percent of Dallas respondents to a recent survey admitted to owning a smartphone.More

Cloud predictive analytics most used to gain customer insight
Using analytics to better understand customer satisfaction, profitability, retention and churn while increasing cross-sell and upsell are the most dominant uses of cloud-based analytics today.More

How cloud computing will impact the on-premise data center
The future of the typical in-house data center is murky due to the advent of cloud computing. Here are some possibilities that might lie ahead.More

4 steps to turn big data into action
Data is meaningless unless it helps make decisions that have measurable impact. Unfortunately, many decision-makers are ensnared rather than enlightened by big data, preventing data and insights from making it to the front lines in relevant and usable forms. Too many big data projects are formulated without input from front-line operators or consume so much time that the insight goes stale before it can be used.More