Drivers who wonder whether their car will fit in a parking space can make use of a mathematical formula describing optimal parking conditions, developed by University of London professor Simon Blackburn for Vauxhall Motors. "Everyone has had the experience of ignoring a space because you're not sure if you can fit in or not. This formula solves that problem," he says.
Cloud-computing systems risk facing a crisis in 2010 that will test the viability of doing business through the cloud, according to an annual tech forecast by Strategic News Service CEO Mark Anderson. "It could either be a service-outage-type catastrophe or a security-based catastrophe," he says. "In either case, it will be big enough. It will be the kind of disaster that makes you say, if you're a [chief information officer]: 'That's why I didn't get involved with the cloud.' " Other analysts agree cloud systems will face challenges in 2010, but argue that these events won't affect the popularity of cloud-based computing because users are already well aware of the risks.
Technology workers should learn the art of sales, Vivek Wadhwa writes, since they often come off as more knowledgeable and credible than a typical salesperson. IT leaders need to be comfortable in a sales role to help improve customer service and secure additional business, he writes.