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BSc in Computer Science at the University of São Paulo (USP), MSc in Business Administration at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), and Specialist in Data Analysis from U.C. Berkeley and Foundation Institute of Administration (FIA). Fabio has worked as an analyst and editor at PC Magazine, Editora Abril and Folha de S.Paulo, as a technology expert at Brasil Online and UOL, Professor at PUC-SP and COGEAE, technology consultant for healthcare and finance companies, and director of product and market development, R&D, and IoT sales for Latin America at Intel.
The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly accelerated the practice of telemedicine worldwide. In countries where medical associations were fighting to bar remote patient care based on the dangers of incomplete clinical diagnosis, the need for social distance and the fear attending clinics and hospitals were the last straw to bring down that barrier.This movement has quickly consolidated some basic technological tools, such as electronic medicine and exams prescriptions – validated by digital certificates and a wide connection with pharmaceutical and laboratory systems –, and the remote collection of physiological data, by means of several types of devices, including fitness wearables.
In March 2021 OVH had one of its data centres in Strasbourg, France, destroyed by fire and another partially damaged, paralysing the services of more than 3 million websites, including government agencies, banks, shops, news and gaming services. The shutdown of one of Europe's largest data centre companies, a direct competitor to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, yielded a loss of millions of euros to the company's customers.
How to assess the state of health of a sick astronaut? How do you know if atmospheric and surface conditions on a planet present any danger to a crew on the verge of exploring the place? How to find the ideal spot on the lunar surface to fuel a small rover carrying supplies? Or how to test the equipment and spacesuits of astronauts who need to leave a space station to carry out repairs to the outer structure? Space presents big challenges, and they require critical decisions to be made quickly. In seconds, not minutes or hours.
Investing in technology for asset management has an almost immediate return. With remote monitoring of factories, offices and machinery, it is possible to optimize production, reduce localized stocks and even improve the environmental conditions in which employees work. In the healthcare industry, monitoring equipment and also patients reduces hospital costs, as much as in the use of instruments and also in hospitalizations.
If you are an IT professional and manage your company’s network, you have certainly been in this situation. You are sound asleep and there is a sudden problem with your servers. Either you are woken up by a phone call, a message, or you’ll learn about it when you get to the office. It’s a mess, and you have to patch it. Stress does not come close to describe everything that comes with it – your boss over your shoulders, your colleagues pressed with deadlines, your company and your team’s reputation, the money spent and the amount not collected, and the list goes on. After the fact, you’ll sit down and mull over what could have been done to prevent it. Well, if you haven’t been in such a sandstorm, maybe there’s a way to escape from it.