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.

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…

‘Holistic’ Skills Boost Value of SAP Professionals

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Experienced SAP professionals would be well-served to take on a hybrid role that straddles the line between technology and business. Those who’ve followed that course are commanding higher salaries and seeing negotiations with both current and prospective employers turn increasingly in their favor. The trend demonstrates the importance of having a technical understanding of SAP solutions while “getting” the business context of the systems, says Tracy Levine, an SAP application consultant in the security and GRC practice at itelligence North… continue…

Do Women Feel Isolated in Tech?

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Women comprise the minority of technology professionals – does that make them feel isolated? Not as much as some might think, according to several female developers that we talked to. Gender, they say, can be contributing factor to a sense of loneliness that is simply part of the job. At the same time, being one of a handful of women – if not the only one – in a technical organization can make some feel apart. Click here to find… continue…

Why DBAs Need to Evolve or Get Pushed Aside

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Database administrators have always had to keep up with fast and myriad changes in their line of work. But now the underlying structures of their jobs are shifting, and those looking to move up had better embrace those changes or run the risk of getting pushed aside. That means understanding the concepts of virtualization and Database as a Service – DBaaS — says Thomas LaRock, author of DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA and head geek at SolarWinds, an… continue…