David Coursey

Technology writer/blogger, marketing communicator, disaster services volunteer, cat rescuer. Executive Director, California Emergency Volunteers, Inc. (cevol.org).

Why It’s So Hard to Get Promoted at Amazon

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Getting a promotion at Amazon isn’t easy. Indeed, some say the process is brutal. And moving up may have more do to with your boss’s ability to present your case than how well you actually perform your job. According to a new book that describes life inside the online retail giant, promotion at Amazon requires having a boss willing to go to bat for you against his or her peers. Your boss also can’t have been recently promoted. And it… continue…

Intel Closing Development Office in Washington State

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Intel plans to close its DuPont, Wash. office, resulting in more than half of the 700 workers there being offered jobs at other locations, the company said. A small number may face layoffs. The announcement follows closures in New Mexico and Massachusetts announced last month. Originally built to house up to 3,000 workers, the DuPont facility, located about 20 miles south of Tacoma, will be cut to 300 workers, provided Intel can lease part of the property back from its… continue…

Tech Leaders Focus Recruiting on BlackBerry’s Workforce

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In Waterloo, Ontario, where struggling BlackBerry is still referred to as a “tech giant” by newspapers, the outlook for 4,500 laid-off workers may not be as grim as outsiders believe. The likes of Apple and Intel are lining up to meet with former BlackBerry engineers and programmers. Meanwhile, others — including Google’s Motorola Mobility unit and e-payments company Square – are opening offices near BlackBerry headquarters. In addition, growing Canadian companies like Shopify have already begun snatching up BlackBerry talent,… continue…

What the ‘Digital Industrial Economy’ Means for Jobs

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In the new “Digital Industrial Economy,” described this week by Gartner, “every budget (is) an IT budget, every company (is) a technology company, every business is becoming a digital leader and every person is becoming a technology company.” On first glance, this might seem to create vast opportunities for those with IT skills in the years to come. Already, we’re seeing more technology professionals being moved into hybrid roles, where they combine their expertise with, say, marketing functions. However, the… continue…

More Workers Feel Secure in Their Jobs

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The number of workers afraid of being laid-off is at its lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2008, according to a survey conducted by Glassdoor. The website’s quarterly Employment Confidence Survey found that just 15 percent of workers are concerned about being laid-off in the next six months. That figure, for the third quarter of 2013, is down 7 percentage points from the second quarter of this year. But security is not doled out equally. The survey found that… continue…

Job Opportunities in the Internet of Things

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It is a new term for many, but the Internet of Things may be a prime driver of future IT services and telecom employment, according to a 2013-2020 market forecast released by International Data Corp. “We expect the technology and services revenue to mushroom from $4.8 trillion in 2012 to $8.9 trillion by 2020, growing at a 7.9% CAGR,” the analyst firm says. IDC defines IoT as a network connecting, wired or wirelessly, devices — or “things” —  that is … continue…

Chrysler May Need Engineers for Electric Vehicles

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Chrysler may be getting back into the electric vehicle business – at least that’s what some recent job postings hint at. Based on those job postings, the website PluginCars.com speculates that Chrysler’s electric vehicles program, stalled since 2009, is back. At least, that’s what we can infer from Chrysler’s corporate recruitment site, which is currently looking for engineers in the fields of electrified power development and battery management systems at its headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. Indeed, I found more… continue…

Autodesk Plans to Lay Off 90

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Design software-maker Autodesk revealed plans for layoffs and restructuring during Tuesday’s “Investor Day” in San Francisco. During questions and answers that followed nearly three hours of presentations, company executives told analysts the layoffs would affect about 90 of the company’s nearly 9,000 workers. The “trivial” impact – as Autodesk described it – was attributed to a need to adjust its international headcount to match economic conditions. Slow markets in southern Europe were used as an example. In an SEC filing,… continue…

Oracle Employee’s Unauthorized SaaS – Stripping as a Service

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During Oracle’s OpenWorld conference last year, one Oracle employee reportedly took SaaS to a whole new level. Rather than spending $33,540 on software as a service expenses, the employee reportedly used it for “stripping as a service” expenses at a San Francisco all-nude gentleman’s club, according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle. The employee, presumably in violation of Oracle’s customer or employee entertainment policy, ran up his “stripping as a service” tab at New Century Theater on his… continue…

Miss an Oracle Meeting? Try America’s Cup Excuse

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has his priorities straight: Rather than give a keynote at Oracle’s customer conference OpenWorld on Tuesday, and also rather than participate in a quarterly conference call with analysts, Larry was watching his America’s Cup yachting team. Examining many years of tech conference keynotes, there are no reports of CEO’s bailing on their own speeches for extra-curricular activities, so Ellison’s dedication to sport over company may represent a first. While it’s not known whether Ellison took a… continue…