Tech Debates

Tech Debates news, trend analysis and opinion

We find industry experts to argue opposing views of a hot topic. Read through both points of view, vote for who you think got it most right, and weigh in with your own opinion, whether it is in agreement with one of the pros or introduces an angle you think they missed.

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Robotic Process Automation: IT Job Killer?

The future of BPO services: Embrace automation or perish

The business process outsourcing industry is up for a dramatic shift thanks to automation. If BPO services providers want to survive, they must change with the times.

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Ad blocking rapidly escalating, says researcher

Online revenue is under threat as ad blocking balloons. A quarter of all U.S. internet users will block ads this year.

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Will new technologies put us out of work? A peek into the future

Rather than fretting about the possibility of technology taking our jobs, history shows we would be better served preparing for change.

E911 Location Crisis - Can you find me now?

Why cellular 911 has location problems

Most calls to emergency 911 come from wireless callers, yet the system for locating those callers can't handle them.

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Low-income neighborhoods have worse cell phone service, study finds

Fewer telco base stations are installed for equal numbers of subscribers in America’s poor areas, compared to affluent areas, a report says.

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Grow lunar-based solar panels to eliminate fossil-fuel reliance, says kid

Self-replicating solar panels located on the moon could be the answer to fossil-fuel elimination on Earth, says a high school senior. The youngster is being taken seriously by academics.

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5 ways to fight mainframe malaise

An amusing analysis of employee dissatisfaction as it applies to mainframe programmers and what can be done about it. The next Jurassic Park movie and George Clooney are included as entertaining analogies.

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Facebook's AIs want you to stop you making a fool of yourself

Facebook plans to apply the latest in AI to help you help yourself to not look like a jackass. The idea is to use artificial intelligence software to detect the signs of inebriated behavior in images and warn users before they post...

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Net Neutrality: It's regulation for the public good, not government takeover

#Net_Neutrality doesn’t mean that the government is taking over anything. When something becomes as crucial to the economic health of our culture as the #Internet has, it has moved from being a nice thing to have (like satellite TV)...

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What’s the best approach to building next-generation data center networks?

Experts are in agreement that Software Defined Networking/Network Virtualization will make the network world more efficient and more agile, but opinions vary on the best path forward.

What's better for your big data application, SQL or NoSQL?

One of the critical decisions facing companies embarking on big data projects is which database to use, and often that decision swings between SQL and NoSQL. SQL has the impressive track record, the large installed base, but NoSQL is...

Shadow IT: Boon or burden?

Shadow IT is defined as IT systems and/or services brought into the organization without IT approval. While it is often perceived as sneaky and potentially dangerous, some contend that Shadow IT can lead to innovation and increased...

VDI: Has the time arrived?

Is it time to virtualize and centralize the resources so users can access “the desktop” from anywhere using anything, or does the venerable old workhorse still have a place in the modern organization? The Experts Joe...

Is IT's influence expanding or eroding?

Some contend that BYOD has taken off because employees want experiences that IT can't deliver, and the BYOD success is a sign that IT's influence is eroding. Poppycock, say others. Critical new technologies are constantly emerging...

Cloud sourcing: Consolidate suppliers or go best of breed?

If you are going with public cloud services, there is a certain appeal to centralizing your apps with as few suppliers as possible to minimize the management overhead. But given the recent outages with Amazon and other leading...

Tech Debate: Is BYOD better than company issued?

The BYOD craze is sweeping organizations everywhere, but questions abound, everything from security and compliance to cost control/management.While BYOD lets IT piggyback on user enthusiasm for new productivity tools, is the risk...

Is the cloud ready for mission critical apps?

Organizations are gaining confidence in cloud computing, although questions still swirl around everything from basic security and compliance controls to issues regarding supplier viability, ROI and, given the prominent outages of...

Security training: Requirement or boondoggle?

Training is often cited as a critical component of the security puzzle because no security system is foolproof and users need to know the critical role they play. But others argue that too many security professionals rely on training...

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