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Saturday, November 01, 2014 5:45 AM
  • What do you do when some of the world’s biggest tech companies get together at your front doorstep? For Zebra Technologies, the answer was simple: Throw a party and show off your “things.”

     
  • Hackers have been in the news almost regularly this year, as cybercriminals have successfully breached the networks of dozens of major companies from Target and JP Morgan Chase to Jewel/Osco. But you don’t have to be a Fortune 500 company to be the victim of cybercrime. 
  • Why has mobile technology been embraced so quickly? The answer is, simply, that it’s simple, says Alex Bratton, CEO of Lisle-based mobile solutions developer Lextech Solutions. 

     
  • Rev3 Innovation Center, the suburban-based manufacturing-technology business incubator being supported by Choose DuPage, is starting itself up within the Northern Illinois University’s Naperville Campus at 1120 E. Diehl Road. 
  • A new device on the market can monitor and control your WAN network, with the added bonus of providing significant cost savings, according to  Erik Person, president of Schaumburg-based TeamLogicIT. 
  • This fall, the word “zebra” won’t only refer to the referees overseeing National Football League games. Lincolnshire-based Zebra Technologies is partnering with the NFL to gather information  for what they call “next gen stats’ for football fans. 
  • Elmhurst College’s Deicke Center for Nursing has ramped up its simulator program with the recent opening of the Clinical Simulation and Immersive Learning Center at Elmhurst Hospital. 
  • Even when he was growing up in Lake Zurich, Ryan Coon knew he had an entrepreneurial spirit. That entrepreneurial path has led Coon from the suburbs to Chicago and now Silicon Valley, where he is working to grow his online business Rentalutions into what he hopes will become the standard for the rental property industry.
     
  • Women comprise about one half of the nation’s workforce, yet they only make up 9 percent of the nation’s information technology workforce. It’s a large gap in an industry already dealing with another gap — the one between the number of available jobs and skilled workers needed to fill them. 
  • While the reality of ethanol hasn’t lived up to its hopes, the Midwest — and the suburbs in particular — are once again at ground zero for a new technology that has the potential of reducing the country’s reliance on fossil fuels. 
  • It’s been a year of change for the Elgin Technology Center. With a new board of directors in place and new Executive Director Michael Copeland taking the helm from founder Lasse Ingebretsen in 2013, the ETC was set to move to the next level of becoming a suburban center for local technology entrepreneurs. 
  • You’ve gone though the interview, the background check, the reference calls and other vetting to make sure the employee you hire doesn’t potentially damage your business or its reputation. But what happens when things change after that employee starts? 
  • Does your business have an app? Does it have a mobile technology strategy? If you said yes to both, you’re obviously keeping in step as mobile device use continues to grow in the marketplace. And according to a survey by Robert Half Technology, you’re likely ahead of your competition. 
  • After 30 years of being an educational and informational resource for the information technology industry, Downers Grove-based CompTIA is changing its membership structure to open its online information base to anyone who wants access to it. 
  • The time has come to part ways with the Windows XP operating platform, the stalwart of business IT systems for more than a decade. As of April 8, Microsoft ended its support for that version of its ubiquitous Windows operating platform. 
 
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