Bridge The Tech Design Divide: 14 Ways To Deal With Conflicting Project Goals

When planning, there’s near-term, long-term and bleeding-edge goals. I’ve always applied the 80% rule to near-term goals. If there’s a conflict on which features or products should get the lion’s share of capital and time, it should be useful and/or asked for by 80% of users. Many really great things are developed and never see success because too few users know how to use them.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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Beyond Song Savvy: 14 Potential Smart Assistant Features To Watch For

The issue with smart assistants is that they require exceptionally savvy users to configure their integration into other systems like Philips Hue or Nest. Many users don’t know how this technology works and can’t make use of existing features without extensive help and ongoing support. If Smart Assistants could automatically discover, configure and make use of smart home tech, they’d be amazing.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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15 Traits Tech Leaders Are Looking For In New Team Members

Our business isn’t judged on successes, but how we handle failures. Expertise in problem management and solution augmentation is immensely valuable. We can only demonstrate value and partnership when we help our clients recover from realistic issues that arise in field deployment. The world isn’t a perfect place. Being able to work in imperfect environments is crucial for our business.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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Is Tech-Boosted Telepathy On Its Way? Nine Tech Experts Weigh In

Biotech is something we are just scratching the surface of. We do not understand our bodies and systems enough to truly integrate technology, body and electronics together. The more we investigate the possibilities, the better we get at finding when and where it’s appropriate. Allowing infants to hear their mothers for the first time or allowing amputees to walk is far more important than telepathy.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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10 Cybersecurity Protocols Every Tech Professional Should Follow

We’re focused more on human nature than software patches. The biggest cybersecurity holes are created by employees and human beings rather than systems and encryption. We educate employees on social engineering and tactics used to exploit their human nature. By focusing attention on decision making, we find people are less likely to rely on computers to protect them from foolish human errors. They think.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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12 Sectors That Are Ripe For A 3D-Printing Revolution

Every human is unique. Human parts cannot be mass produced and require sophisticated assembly. 3D printing is already showing great promise in the production of bones, joints and teeth. The marriage of 3D design and medicine will give way to amazing progress in bio-engineering.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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Key Sectors CTOs Should Turn To For Their First Hires

IT maintenance, change control, PC troubleshooting, etc. shouldn’t be part of a CTO’s daily responsibilities. Hiring someone in the PC helpdesk or AWS field helps immensely offload daily tasks and IT-related issues. While IT should be under the purview of the CTO, execution is rarely achievable while planning strategically with other executive team members.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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Nine Ways To Disrupt An Industry And Make Way For Innovation

Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime are just the tip of the iceberg when looking at the cord-cutting movement. Major disruption is afoot as it pertains to cable TV and the broadcast TV model. In recent years, this market has slowly crumbled and fought against streaming services. It won’t be streaming that kills TV; it will be the aggregation and distribution of content through outside sources.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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Beyond Self-Driving Cars: 12 Upcoming Innovations In Transportation And Travel

Ground transportation has always been in second place to air travel. The airline business has stagnated since the 1960s and this vertical is ripe for change. Transportation of people in a quick and more humane way over long distances is the goal. Everything from manufacturing to actual flight is due for an overhaul. Technology will need to leapfrog the industry and its bureaucracy to win.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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