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.

6 Coding Competitions Worth Checking Out

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More companies—both inside the tech industry and outside—are using coding competitions as a way to test out the skills of potential employees. It’s an approach that offers advantages for both parties, according to some people who mount such contests: Employers get a chance to check out a programmer’s abilities, while programmers get an opportunity to show off. “If you’re a great programmer, but you don’t happen to be from one of the top schools, it’s a way to distinguish yourself,”… continue…

Hack Reactor Tries MOOC Approach to Boot Camps

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San Francisco-based boot camp Hack Reactor is launching a remote program that it describes as “the world’s first work-from-home immersive coding school,” reports VentureBeat. Hack Reactor Remote will teach software and Web development, with an emphasis on JavaScript. While online programs usually take a somewhat flexible approach to learning, Hack Reactor Remote puts students into a three-month immersion program in real time, with a live instructor. It mirrors the company’s in-person classes, offering the same coursework and approach of pairing… continue…

Interview: Blackhawk Network CIO Christine Vonderach

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Christine Vonderach is CIO of Pleasanton, Calif.-based Blackhawk Network, which uses proprietary technology to offer a broad range of gift cards, other prepaid products, and payment services in more than 20 countries. Vonderach is one of a rare breed: According to a 2013 survey by recruiter Harvey Nash found that just 8 percent of American CIOs are women. Her approach was simple to express: Focus on being an overachiever. Before joining Blackhawk in 2010, she held leadership positions at Ask.com/IAC,… continue…

The 10 Most In-Demand Contracting Skills

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The news is good for IT contractors: Demand remains consistent across a number of business sectors and all experience levels. Besides a general dearth of technology talent, recruiters point to a growing need for professionals who can handle social, mobile, analytics and cloud technology work. Hemin Shah, Executive Vice President of Morristown, N.J., staffing and services firm Collabera, sees the need for contractors in a number of industries: communications and media; healthcare; pharma and life sciences; energy and utilities; financial… continue…

More MBAs Pursue Opportunities in Technology

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Wall Street isn’t any longer the default destination for newly graduated MBAs: More of them are opting for jobs in technology. Indeed, tech companies are snapping up MBAs at a growing rate in both the U.S. and the UK, according to the Financial Times. At Stanford, for example, the number of MBAs joining technology firms jumped for the second year in a row last year, with 32 percent of 2013’s class taking jobs in the sector. That’s up from 24… continue…

When & When Not to Get Poached

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With IT talent at such a premium, it’s no surprise that recruiters often make an effort to poach workers from competing companies. Often, they approach people who aren’t even actively looking for a job, offering better pay, maybe a signing bonus and sometimes stock options. If you’re the one taking the call, it can be heady stuff. But getting a great offer doesn’t always mean jumping ship is the smartest option. Even in the best of circumstances changing jobs is,… continue…

5 Steps to Take Before You Start Contracting

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Nowadays, when demand for so many technical skills is so high, the idea of contracting can seem like a good way to keep things interesting and make more money. But working for yourself comes with more than just flexibility and a certain amount of control over your own fate. You’ll have a business to attend to, also, which means keeping the books and making sure you’ve always got the work you need to pay the bills. We asked Jennifer Bensusen,… continue…

Why You Should Be Using the Social Web Right Now

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Whether you want to establish yourself as an authority among your peers, connect with like-minded IT professionals or draw the attention of technology employers, tweeting and blogging is a smart way to get yourself noticed. “It’s an indirect way to brand yourself and tap into the intellectual community,” says Lorrie Thomas Ross, founder and CEO of Web Marketing Therapy in Santa Barbara, Calif. Besides that, it can help you get your work done, she notes. Since social media is about… continue…

Big Demand for Epic Certifications in Healthcare IT

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Project managers, implementation specialists, systems administrators, software testers and quality assurance analysts skilled in Epic are getting snapped up as quickly as they go on the market. Driving the demand are two things: the growing use of Epic Systems’ software at healthcare organizations, and the difficulty in getting Epic certified, says Caleb Potter, a principal recruiter for healthcare IT at the Seattle offices of recruiter Greythorn. Click here to find jobs requiring an Epic certification. Epic’s software dominates the work… continue…

What Quest Technology Management Seeks in New Hires

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Quest Technology Management, a Sacramento, Calif., -based technology management company, is in the midst of expanding. It’s set to open a second full-service data center this summer in Roseville, Calif. While the company wouldn’t commit to the exact number of people who’ll be hired at the new facility, it did tell us that it’s growing its headcount by 15 to 20 percent each year. Quest currently has 180 full-time employees in the U.S. In a press release, Tim Burke, the… continue…