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.

Do IT Contractors Really Need to Carry Insurance?

Protecting Your Money
If you’re working as an independent contractor, do you need to carry professional liability insurance? For full-time workers, employers are typically responsible for indemnification against claims of intellectual property infringement or issues related to failed projects or dissatisfied customers. But for contractors and consultants, it’s a different story: They usually need to protect themselves through something called errors and omissions, or “E&O” insurance, which protects them from losses related to claims of negligence and other issues. It’s a cost of… continue…

Online Gambling Providers Seek Range of Tech Skills

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Online Roulette
A number of technology and service providers are positioning themselves to take advantage of what seems to be imminent growth in online gambling, and that’s leading to the creation of tech jobs: Software providers, payment processors, mobile app developers, Location-as-a-Service (LaaS) providers and e-wallet companies are ramping up operations and adding developers, security experts and back-end support staff. “Development is key here,” says Seth Palansky, vice president of corporate communications for Las Vegas-based World Series of Poker. “You constantly have… continue…

Can the PMP Make Sense for Developers?

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Project Management Institute
Does earning the Project Management Professional certification make any sense for someone who’s focused on a technical role like, say, a software engineer or developer? It might, if you’re looking to move onto the management track. A large proportion of project management jobs in everything from software development to SOA include the PMP as a requirement. The credential’s listed as either a requirement or “nice-to-have” for roles beyond project management, such as software engineer, information architect and senior SharePoint administrator.… continue…

Is This New Cyber Forensics Certification Worth the Investment?

(ISC)²
Continued pressure on cybersecurity systems is making professionals with security and forensic experience extremely attractive to employers. Not surprisingly, related certifications are gaining more attention, including one of the newer ones: the CCFP, or Certified Cyber Forensics Professional from the (ISC)². According to (ISC)² Executive Director W. Hord Tipton, the organization saw a need for a certification that was broader than those available for professionals working in and around law enforcement, intelligence, litigation, consulting and computer security. The CCFP’s target… continue…

How to Protect Yourself When Your Team’s Project Fails

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Protect Yourself
When a project’s late, over-budget or has simply collapsed, people usually start looking for someone to blame. That’s a natural tendency, even though it’s rare for a project’s troubles to be the result of any one person’s actions. The causes are often systemic and many: a lack of communication on the team, a stakeholder who wasn’t kept in the loop, a need to juggle competing priorities that didn’t succeed, or simply unrealistic expectations at the outset. Poor management may have… continue…

Beware of These Traps in Employment Agreements

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Surrounded by Sharks
When you’re jumping from one company to another—especially if you’ve been poached by a competitor of your current employer—you need to negotiate carefully. If you don’t navigate the process well, you might just find yourself on the losing end of a lawsuit. The idea shouldn’t be surprising. Technology’s a strategic asset and those that spend their days immersed in a company’s IT have access to some of the business plan’s core components. Organizations are likely to have software and hardware… continue…

Demand Grows for Network Engineers Who Know Virtualization

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Virtual Network
Given the cost savings virtualization brings to the datacenter, it’s no surprise that demand for professionals with related skills is continuing to rise. And the proportion of time that network engineers and administrators spend on virtualization is sure to increase, as well. According to Gartner, virtualization has topped 50 percent of all server workloads, and the researcher predicts that will grow to 86 percent in 2016. One result of this demand is seen in salary: The pay can be hefty… continue…

How to Manage Older Tech Workers

Older Worker
If you’re a younger manager, you’re bound to confront extra challenges in managing a tech team: Wrangling others gets easier with experience, but you’re probably still picking up some tricks, and sometimes older workers balk at the idea of working for someone who doesn’t have a resume as deep as theirs. Here’s some approaches that can help you bridge the generational gap. Click here to see jobs for tech managers. Meet the Challenge Head-On First, acknowledge the challenges in managing… continue…

Cyberattacks Focus Employers on Security Certifications

Security Watch
Continuing cyberattacks like those mounted against Target, eBay and Apple are pressuring companies to emphasize security even more than they have been to date. When it comes to hiring, that’s adding to the importance of certifications in IT audit, security, governance and risk. In many cases, that importance is translating into pay premiums for professionals that hold the credentials. Click here to see security jobs. Among the certifications in greatest demand are those from ISACA, an international association that focuses… continue…

How to Make Yourself Poachable

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Identify
There are few things more flattering than getting an unsolicited call from a recruiter. Not only does it affirm your reputation—not to mention your skills—it’s likely to put you in a strong negotiating position when the time comes to respond to a job offer. But if you’re not getting those calls, there’s a chance you’re doing too good a job of keeping yourself to yourself. People get poached for a number of reasons, and pure skill is only one of… continue…