Mark Feffer

Mark Feffer is the Managing Editor of Dice. He started as a videotape editor back when there was videotape to edit, then joined the news desk at Dow Jones News/Retrieval, the company's first online product. He produced The Wall Street Journal's first multimedia CD-ROMs and published his novel, "September," in 2006. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, their fierce terrier, and a schnauzer who wonders why she ever left California. He's a member of the Project Management Institute.

Business Unit Coders Are No Threat to IT

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An increasing number of corporate workers are taking it upon themselves to develop business technology solutions without the participation of IT. While that could sound like a threat to professional developers, it’s probably not: Forrester Research notes there’s a dearth of development talent out there, and that most of the applications being built by these “citizen developers” address some kind of problem that’s been backlogged by the technology department. “Most of the software built by ‘citizen developers’ addresses requests on… continue…

Extreme Livestock: What Happens When a GoPro Lands in a Pig Pen [Video]

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You’ll learn several things from this video: Don’t drop your GoPro from an airplane, GoPros are incredibly well-made and when photographed from certain angles, pigs look a lot like the star of Cloverfield. Related Stories A Hilarious Video of a Business Meeting’s Lone Engineer This Hysterical Video About BuzzFeed Is Right On Target  GoPro Unveils Dive Camera Housing H/T: CNET

This Hysterical Video About BuzzFeed Is Right On Target

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A hundred and thirty million visitors, 110 million YouTube views, a funnel from Facebook — BuzzFeed generates traffic the way Goldman Sachs generates money. Of course, this isn’t the first time the Internet world’s been compared to finance — hell, they’re in bed together — but I haven’t seen anything that marries the two quite like this trailer does. If you don’t get the joke, check out the pitch to the Wolf of Wall Street and all will become clear.… continue…

IT Warned to Prepare for New HR Demands

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Changes in the way companies hire and manage their resources will impact the technology used to support Human Resources functions, forcing IT departments to implement applications that match new approaches to managing the workforce. Speaking to Computer Weekly, Jason Averbook, chief innovation officer at cloud consulting firm Appirio, said the changes “will create headaches” as technology departments scramble to deliver new services to a dispersed workforce. “By 2020 there will be upwards of 50 percent of employees [in a typical… continue…

How the Push of Activist Investors Pressures Tech Jobs

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Recent layoffs at Juniper Networks — the company is cutting 6 percent of its workforce — is symptomatic of a growing battle between Wall Street financiers and Silicon Valley tech companies. As more hedge funds, private equity firms and activist investors put their money into the technology space, they’re demanding better financial returns, even from healthy companies. And that often puts technology workers at risk. Hedge funds and private equity firms in particular have reputations as short-term thinkers, ready to… continue…

A Hilarious Video of a Business Meeting’s Lone Engineer

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Painful. Sometimes that’s the only word that can describe what it’s like to be the sole engineer in a meeting full of product and marketing types. If you don’t think what happens to this guy can happen to you, you’re either kidding yourself or you’re very, very lucky. If you have been in this kind of sit down, well… We’re sorry. Related Stories How to Convince Management to Hire More IT Staff How to Communicate Effectively With Your Team Terms… continue…

IT Service Broker: A New Role for the Hybrid Cloud

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The widening adoption of cloud computing in the enterprise is spurring the growth of a relatively new role in corporate IT: The service broker. In part, the need for these professionals is being driven by the growing use of hybrid cloud solutions. Gartner calls the melding of internal and external cloud services an “imperative.” “Enterprises should design private cloud services with a hybrid future in mind and make sure future integration/interoperability is possible,” the researcher says. Click here to find… continue…

How This Developer Landed at Yahoo

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Carl Baltrunas is a senior iOS architect and developer who recently landed a job at Yahoo. After starting as a junior programmer, he’s worked as a systems programmer, systems manager and systems and network architect; started his own business; and consulted. How he arrived at Yahoo is a lesson in conducting a thoughtful, successful job search, which we explored in-depth when he joined us in a recent Google Hangout. Take a look. Related Stories Sowing the Seeds of Career Change… continue…

Our New E-Book Is Full of Job-Hunting Tips

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Unless you understand the process, looking for a job can be stressful, demoralizing and frustrating. But when you know what to do, you can save yourself at least some heartache by focusing your efforts on the tactics that work best. To help you, we’ve created our e-book Careers in Technology. It details everything from how companies find candidates to which jobs are appropriate for your skill set. Whether you’re looking for your first job, choosing a specialty or wondering what… continue…

More Business Units Want Their Own Analytics Talent

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More and more, we hear that technology tasks are moving outside of the traditional IT department, with business units relying on embedded expertise to handle their unique technology needs. Here’s another example of the trend: More non-technical departments are developing their own analytics strategies and kicking off projects with their own resources rather than relying on a central IT function. In part, that’s because business leaders often see the technology group as a stumbling block as opposed to a resource.… continue…