Mark Feffer

Mark Feffer writes about jobs and technology. 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.

More Tech Jobs Seen in Non-Tech Industries

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Over the next five years, most of the growth in technology jobs will be seen in companies whose focus lies in another area, like manufacturing, automotive, healthcare or retail. And the increased use of technology in those sectors portends another change in the IT job market: Jobs will spread into geographic regions not currently known as tech centers. All of that comes from an analysis conducted by CEB, a business advisory company based in Arlington, Va. To arrive at its… continue…

Twitter, Pinterest Release Diversity Numbers

Twitter Diversity July 2014
Twitter and Pinterest have become the latest brand-name tech companies to unveil gender and ethnic portraits of their workforce. The story they tell is pretty much the same as what we’ve seen in the previously released numbers of Facebook, Google and Yahoo. Overall, 30 percent of Twitter’s employees are women. However, the number shrinks to 10 percent when you look at the company’s tech team and 21 percent when you look at its leadership. In terms of ethnicity, 59 percent… continue…

Company Finds Real Advantages in Pay Transparency

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Transparent Calculator
What happens when a company puts all of its salary information out in the open—yours, mine, the CEO’s, everyone’s? Apparently, at least in the experience of the New York City analytics startup SumAll, better communication between staff and management, and not very much drama. SumAll, which has 40 employees, has shared pay information since its early days, according to Business Insider. Founder and CEO Dane Atkinson worked with his first employees to set the salary of each job. As the… continue…

CIOs: Current Skills Key for First-Time Job Seekers

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What’s the secret to a successful IT career? To 50 percent of the CIOs surveyed by Robert Half Technology, the answer for recent graduates is learning new skills and staying current in the field. Seventeen percent said they’d tell first-time job seekers to take any opportunity that will help them get a foot in the door with an employer. When asked to identify the most important piece of advice they could give new graduates, the CIOs responded: Keep learning new… continue…

Healthcare IT Consultants Happier Than Full-Timers

Health IT
Consultants involved in implementing healthcare IT solutions are generally happier with their work than their full-time counterparts, according to a survey by Atlanta-based staffing firm Healthcare IT Leaders. More than three quarters—77 percent—of the consultants said they were either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their jobs, the survey found. That compares to 64 percent of full-time healthcare IT employees. To put the numbers in context, other surveys have found that 72 percent of workers across all industries report similar… continue…

Mobile Developers Find Money in the Enterprise

Enterprise Apps
Mobile developers who want to make money should consider building enterprise apps: Those who target enterprise customers are twice as likely to earn real money as those going after consumers or professionals, according to a report from app and mobile researcher VisionMobile. The report, The State of the Developer Nation Q3 2014, says that more than two thirds of mobile app developers focus on consumers, 16 percent target the enterprise and 11 percent target professionals. The developers of enterprise apps… continue…

Is There a Future in Programming D?

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Over at HTML5Report.com, Steve Anderson is wondering if D is the next big programming language. D took form when Walter Bright and Andrei Alexandrescu combined their efforts to develop a new language back in 2005. The result, says Anderson, offers some “very exciting” possibilities, and he notes that the ad-tech firm Sociomantic Labs, recently acquired by Tesco for $200 million, used D to build its online system. Making things more interesting is another online company’s interest in D: Facebook. Click… continue…

Companies Feel Pressure to Hire CISOs

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Mobile Security
In the relatively brief time it’s been around, the Chief Information Security Officer’s job has developed into a pressured, thankless existence. These are the executives charged with keeping an organization’s systems secure in the face of mounting cyberattacks, careless vendors, and employees who are more concerned with using their own iPhones than keeping company data secure. “This job is not for the fainthearted,” David Jordan, CISO for Virginia’s Arlington County, told The New York Times. Click here to find CISO… continue…

10 Top College Robotics Programs

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MIT Robotics
Love it or fear it, the trend toward building more sophisticated robots isn’t going to abate any time soon. Indeed, given their potential to impact everything from transportation to medicine, the need for engineers skilled in robotics is bound to increase. A tidbit: Mechanical engineering ranked fifth on the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ list of most in-demand bachelor’s degrees. So where do you learn to build robots? Business Insider put together a list of 10 universities where you… continue…

Is Zappos Leading a New Management Trend With ‘Holacracy?’

Management
Tony Hsieh and Evan Williams have seen the future, and it’s called holacracy. Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, and Williams, the Twitter co-founder now starting up the Medium blogging hub, have both embraced this new approach to organizational structure and management. It eliminates traditional job descriptions and reporting layers and, its advocates say, puts power into the hands of the rank and file. Vox says it’s becoming the latest thing in Silicon Valley. Click here to find project management positions.… continue…