Tech Insights
Dec. 3, 2014

Breaking the code: The role of visualization in security research
In today's interconnected, data rich IT environments, passive inspection of information is not enough. The human retina can transmit visual information to the brain at roughly the rate of an Ethernet connection, while reading text transmits information at roughly the rate of a dial-up modem. Obviously, relying on text for the presentation of data has drawbacks, especially in the field of security research, which depends on the monitoring and analysis of large-scale, constantly evolving data sets. More

MTBC signs letter to extend current tax provisions
We are excited to announce our support for extending the expired and expiring federal tax breaks during the current Lame Duck session. We urge our members to join us in urging Congress to continue or reinstate these tax provisions before next year. These "tax extender bills" have been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and are under consideration by the U.S. Senate, including the very important federal R&D tax credit. More

Obama tech job plan disappoints
EE Times
With his recent actions on immigration, President Barack Obama "missed an opportunity" to improve the U.S. job market for engineers and other high-tech workers, according to an analysis by the IEEE USA. Obama outlined four actions that effect high-tech hiring in his executive actions on immigration announced in late November. The moves didn't go far enough, said Russell T. Harrison, director of government relations for the 200,000-member electrical engineering association. More

5 big data implementation mistakes to avoid
In recent years, few terms have been as overused and misunderstood as big data. From making predictions about massive flu outbreaks with a Google flu trends solution, to tracking shopping trends and directing savings to customers, to making real-time trading decisions that impact companies' and individuals' bottom line positions — data has become the key to staying competitive in today’s global economy. More

9 key enterprise tech trends for 2015 and beyond
Here's the crazy thing about looking ahead at this particular point in time: Quite a bit of enterprise tech that got traction this year was barely on the map last year. How much of it has legs? Eric Knorr, editor in chief of InfoWorld, bets a whole lot of it, which indicates a pace of change that's much quicker than usual. More

Cloud computing and the changing role of the CIO: Which is best for your business?
Cloud computing has been named as one of 12 disruptive technologies that will change the relationship between the CIO and the boardroom, according to a report by Advanced 365. The evolving role of the CIO, and the C-suite in general, has long been a feature of modern business. Opinions differ, whether it's a wag who proclaims CIO to mean "career is over," or whether it's a report that advocates more fluency and fluidity between executives. More

How the SaaS business model affects software company valuations
Dallas Business Journal
Software vendors across the world are embracing the software-as-a-service cloud-based business model in growing numbers. According to Software Equity Group, SaaS software revenues will likely represent about 25 percent of the overall software market in the next five years. Research firm Gartner estimated that global spending on SaaS will reach $22.1 billion by 2015. More

New technology for tracking consumers across devices grows results
MIT Technology Review
People shop mostly on their desktop computers — but they live on their smartphones. For marketers, effectively reaching their target audiences requires making a connection between those two worlds. Marketers want to know how effective their ads are on mobile devices. They would also love to be able to retarget a mobile shopper who began making a purchase on that device, and then gave up before providing payment information and a delivery address. More

'Subconscious' Pizza Hut menu knows what you want before you do
Digital Trends
New technology being developed by Pizza Hut means that you don't even have to speak your order out loud — the restaurant already knows what toppings you want just by the way you're looking at the menu. Pizza Hut has worked with tech firm Tobii Technology to produce the system over the last six months, and it's claimed to offer a 98 percent level of accuracy. More

Ready for the Internet of Things? 5 skills you'll need
November marks the season when high school students plug away at their college applications, and executives draw up business plans for the coming year. It's a time when thoughts about the future dominate conversations from the dinner table to the board room. Yet despite age gaps between college students and CEO's, these disparate groups share anxiety over the resources needed to navigate the coming waves of new technology. More

Secret Service offers cybersecurity guidelines for executives
Recently, the North Texas Electronic Crimes Task Force of the United States Secret Service released "Cybersecurity for Executives," a comprehensive eight-page report designed to help business leaders prevent and respond to data security breaches. The advisory is based off current investigations and previously published resources to help track the risk and adopt the essentials of Internet security within an organization's enterprise system. More

Computerworld's 2015 forecast predicts security, cloud computing and analytics will lead IT spending
IT spending for security technologies will increase 46 percent in 2015, with cloud computing increasing 42 percent and business analytics investments up 38 percent. Enterprise investments in storage will increase 36 percent, and for wireless and mobile, 35 percent. More

10 reasons bosses should attend the company holiday party
Fast Company
With a little engagement, this year's holiday party can be rewarding for you and your employees. But for executives especially, the investment in a company social event is like a raffle — you must be present to win. More