Mark Feffer

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More Companies Want Software and Design Engineers (Video)

There’s heavy demand for software quality engineers in Silicon Valley. On Dice, a search I did turned up more than 800 positions. In San Francisco there were more than 600. SQA is part of the entire development process, from requirements definition through testing and release management. Some typical jobs: a senior software engineer at DemandTec in San Mateo, a systems performance engineer at Talogix in Sunnyvale, and a an IT SAP business analyst quality at IMPAX Labs in Hayward. Semiconductor… continue…

Software Quality Engineers Wanted in the Valley

Posted In Silicon Valley
Software quality engineer positions are so hot, you’d think they were – as they say – going out of style. On Dice, a search for quality engineer in Silicon Valley turned up more than 800 positions. A similar search for San Francisco found more than 600 jobs. Software quality assurance – or SQA – consists of the entire software development process, including requirements definition, software design, coding, source code control, code reviews, configuration management, testing and release management. It also… continue…

Dice News Update: Oracle’s New Certification Rules, and Hiring at HP and Yahoo

Posted In Looking in Tech
If you’re seeking a Java or Solaris certification, you’re going to pay more for it beginning in August, says InformationWeek. Oracle’s going to require hands-on training – at an additional cost of thousands of dollars. The rule goes into effect on August 1, and cover certifications for Java Architect, Java Developer, Solaris System Administrator, and Solaris Security Administrator certifications. The courses will last between three and five days – and cost from $2,000 to nearly $4,000. You’ll have to take… continue…

How to Transition into Business Intelligence

Posted In Looking in Tech
Upgrading your skill set is about more than programming, project management or engineering. It’s also about understanding new approaches to technology and how they’re being incorporated into a company’s core business. Take this to heart if you want to explore business intelligence, the art and science of digging insights out of data. Forrester’s reported that more companies are putting an emphasis on BI, which will provide some promising career paths for those IT integration, software and data architects who are… continue…

People: Cisco, Facebook, Xerox and More

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Gary Moore, previously head of Cisco Services, becomes the company’s chief operating officer. [CMSWire] Facebook hired the team behind recruiting service Pursuit – Louis Eisenberg, Russ Heddleston and Nicholas Letourneau. [TechCrunch] Markus Fromherz becomes chief innovation officer for Xerox’s Health IT unit. [InformationWork] Jimmy Z. Wang is CIO of Teva Pharmaceuticals Americas, based in North Wales, Pa. [InformationWeek] Pa.-based MEDecision named Deborah M. Gage president and CEO. [BW] Content-management provider SpringCM named Antonis Papatsaras chief technology officer. [CMSWire] Birger Steen… continue…

Boston’s Liberty Mutual is Hiring 100 Developers, Project Managers and Architects

Posted In Looking in Tech
Insurer Liberty Mutual will begin hiring 100 tech employees to staff a new IT Development Center in Boston. The jobs mix entry-level and experienced positions for software developers, project managers and architects who will work with both mainstream and innovative technologies, including Web and mobile development, and cloud computing. Liberty Mutual also has has IT Development Centers in Dover and Portsmouth, N.H., Indianapolis, and Seattle. – Mark Feffer

Poaching Will Be Even More Aggressive This Year

Most hiring managers and recruiters – 54 percent – think companies will be more aggressive this year when it comes to poaching in IT talent. This month’s Dice Report says the idea is especially pronounced in the tech and consulting businesses. There, 62 percent see poaching activity building up. Who are they going after? Companies still want what they need to move projects ahead quickly: multi-skilled, experienced technology professionals with industry-specific experience. Hiring managers believe these traits help diminish the… continue…

Berkeley’s ‘Leadership Program’ for Senior Tech

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UC Berkeley has launched its Engineering Leadership Program for Professionals, a six month program for engineers from companies like Applied Materials, Cisco, Facebook, Lam Research, NetApp, National Semiconductor and Yahoo. The first program just began, but it’s worth checking into in case you want to get involved in future sessions. You don’t have to schlep to Berkeley. It’s held in Silicon Valley. The roughly 50 participants were sponsored by their companies. Candidates included senior managers, directors, and those in other… continue…

Dice News Update: Where to Find Health IT Training; Jobs in Tampa and Colorado (video)

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How to get the training you need in Health IT… Tampa’s job market’s growing… And there’s a shortage of mobile apps developers in Colorado. All on this week’s update. The Script Healthcare leaders are finding it increasingly difficult to fill key positions. On one survey, 58 percent said they have difficulty recruiting or retaining IT workers. Thirty-three percent are facing IT staffing troubles. One big reason: A shortage of people with the required expertise in Health IT. So how do… continue…

Mobile App Developers are Gold in Colorado

Posted In Living in Tech
Software developers are in short supply in Colorado, a situation that’s prompting some tech companies to move to, or open satellite offices in, Silicon Valley. Mobile apps developers in particular are few and far between, writes the Denver Post. MapMyFitness moved to Austin and and SimpleGeo to San Francisco in efforts to solve their recruiting problem. (SimpleGeo) co-founder Matt Galligan said Boulder is a great place to find engineering talent, but he noted that the company could not have made… continue…