Myra Thomas

Myra Thomas is an award-winning business reporter. She started her career in finance, eventually becoming AVP for a Lloyd’s of London intermediary. She applies her extensive business knowledge to the world of reporting. Her stories run the gamut of topics, including tech, banking, healthcare, personal finance, and small business. She has a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Myra lives in Fanwood, New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, and two fierce Cairn Terriers.

Financial Solutions Provider Fiserv Hiring 350 in Tech

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Fiserv, a Brookfield, Wisc.-based financial solutions provider, is hiring for more than 350 full-time technical jobs. The roles are in business analysis, client services, UI, security, mobile solutions, QA, application development, network engineering, and project and general technical management, according to Victor P. Gaines II, vice president for talent acquisition. IT hires have a range of experience, from interns to highly experienced leaders. Last year, the company hired more than 1,300 professionals for technical jobs. While relevant industry experience never… continue…

More Jobs in Mobile Banking and Payments

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The rise in digital banking and mobile payments means security engineers, software developers, systems analysts, digital designers, mobile engineers and IT project managers should see an increasing number of opportunities. Though banks and mobile payments processors are hiring, the bulk of these positions are likely to come at IT vendors who are working for large and midsized banks. At the same time, a growing number of banking IT functions, especially ones that require quick ramp ups, are being outsourced. From… continue…

Innovation, Consulting Reshaping IT Job Market

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For IT professionals, this year ahead is likely to be a transformative one. Big Data, mobile development, the cloud and security will not only continue to drive changes in business, they’ll also reshape the tech job market. More than ever, IT professionals will be required to straddle the line between IT and business expert. Tried and true positions, such as software developers and engineers, will still be in demand. Meanwhile newer jobs, like UI and UX developer, will also see… continue…

Optimizely Hiring Software Engineers

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A/B testing website optimization startup Optimizely is currently hiring 27 software engineers, according to reports from the News-Gazette. The current hiring push is likely related to Optimizely’s growth plan. In April, the company received a second round of funding that landed it $28 million. Co-founder and CEO Dan Siroker told TechCrunch that the company had international, sales and marketing, infrastructure and customer support expansion plans. At the time, Optimizely had about 68 employees. The company’s offices can accommodate more than… continue…

Amazon Hiring at Liquavista & Lab126

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Word on the street is that Amazon is hiring IT professionals, as it ramps up its Kindle research and development efforts. According to Good E-Reader, Amazon is working on a full color e-reader with a six-inch screen, similar to the resolution offered with its existing Kindles. Some of the positions Amazon is seeking to fill include process quality engineer, product test engineer, process development engineer, product development manager, and an Asia-based operations program manager. The new senior level positions will… continue…

Why Women Start Lifestyle Tech Companies

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Women tech entrepreneurs in the retail and lifestyle space are increasingly gaining customers and attracting venture capital interest. Companies like Birchbox, Gilt, Rent the Runway and Foodspotting — as well as the women starting them – are establishing a foothold in an ever-growing and crowded sector. Why does it seem like so many women are concentrating their business development efforts on retail and lifestyle companies? Interests, experience and education all have something to do with it. Elena Silenok, founder and… continue…

Disney Interactive to Cut Workforce

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The gaming industry has seen its ups and downs, and Disney Interactive has experienced more downs of late. The Walt Disney Co. is apparently plotting another round of layoffs at its video game and digital media division, according to a source who spoke to the Los Angeles Times. The layoffs are expected to affect several hundred people, notes The Wall Street Journal, and would follow other recent cuts in the division. Early last year, for example, Disney Interactive laid off… continue…

Employers Say This is Why You’re Not Getting Hired

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It’s a continuing complaint: Employers who need skilled IT professionals say they can’t find people to fill their open jobs. But job seekers say it’s getting harder and harder to find a job. Why the disconnect? The unemployment rate in technology seems to underscore the employers’ arguments that there’s more demand than supply. During the fourth quarter of 2013, the rate dropped to 3.5 percent from 3.9 percent, according to Dice’s Q4 Tech Trends Report. That compares to a national… continue…

What to Do When You’re Tired of Managing

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It’s seen as a natural progression: You’ve worked your way up from coder or developer to a spot as a department manager. But it hasn’t turned out like you imagined. You’re spending most of your time managing people, not getting your hands dirty. If you’re passionate about programming, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you’re not as happy as you thought you’d be. So is it possible to move back to a coding or development job? Yes, says Priscilla… continue…

A Changing Job Market for Women in Gaming

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Although the gaming industry is known as a boys club, women in the business say the perception is unfair. Yes, they’re underrepresented, and yes they face discrimination, but they believe breaking into gaming may not be any more difficult than it is in any other area of tech. The big difference, says Kate Edwards, executive director of the International Game Developers Association, is that the sector remains relatively young when compared to other parts of IT. That, she speculates, may… continue…