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.

3 Ways to Get the Business Skills You Need

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It isn’t enough for software engineers and developers to be masters of coding and development. You also have to be business savvy and an expert in your company’s sector, whether it’s banking, retail or whatever. But getting those skills – both financial and operational – is sometimes easier said than done, especially when you’re siloed off in IT with deadlines bearing down. Fortunately, the answer may be right in front of you. Here’s some things to consider. Click here to… continue…

Changing Anti-Virus Models Spur New Hiring

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If you expect that increasing malware and security threats means increased hiring at companies that combat them, you’d be both right and wrong. Among the industry stalwarts — the likes of Microsoft, AVAST, Symantec and McAfee – some are hiring while others are letting people go. The reason is the dramatic changes impacting the industry. First, there’s the financial: A crop of new companies is benefiting from lower costs of entry and cloud-based setups. For example, San Jose, Calif.-based Malwarebytes… continue…

Should You Take the Buyout?

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Many times, companies offer buyouts before they pull the trigger on layoffs, which presents employees with a tough question: Should you take the buyout, get some cash and exit on your own terms, or pass it up and hope you won’t be one of those receiving a pink slip. Unless you’re particularly good at reading tea leaves, it’s hard to know how things will play out. In December, Dell offered buyouts to an undisclosed number of employees under what it… continue…

How to Get a Job at Hosting Company SingleHop

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Plans are afoot to grow Chicago-based SingleHop, a dedicated server and cloud hosting company, by an additional 300 employees by 2015. Established in 2006, the company has grown from 40 employees in 2010 to 105 employees today, and posted $30 million in revenues during 2012. The company provides dedicated cloud and managed services to more than 4,500 customers, with 12,000+ servers online. With clients in more than 114 countries, SingleHop has expanded to maintain four data centers in Chicago, Phoenix,… continue…

These Are the Most Important Traits of Successful Consultants

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Whether by choice or necessity, more IT professionals are working as consultants. In 2013, management and technical consulting services accounted for more than 48 percent of all newly created IT jobs, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, what does it take to be a successful consultant? Among other things, the right attitude to move from project to project, and an understanding of the challenges contract employees face. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate Many consultants complain that they’re handed assignments that aren’t… continue…

How to Tell If an Employer Takes Training Seriously

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Software engineers, architects, programmers and project managers are often left to their own devices when it comes to training. If they’re interested in learning new programming languages or updating certifications, the work often gets done on their own time. But according to Edmond Freiermuth, a Los Angeles-based management consultant, there’s a link between training and corporate culture. Companies that want to train their people, he contends, generally pursue a longer-term commitment to their workers, one that translates to the employee’s… continue…

Apple Hires to Tap Into Growing Demand – in China

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Apple is hiring hundreds of engineers and supply chain managers in China and Taiwan as it ramps up production to deal with increasing demand in Greater China, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company’s job postings show the new positions range from working on hardware development for touch screens and cameras to electrical engineering and software quality assurance. Apple is stepping up hiring to speed product development and introduce a wider range of devices. The company is poaching engineers… continue…

What Makes—or Breaks—Tech’s Top Women

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What exactly does it take for a woman to become a household name in the tech world — a Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg or Susan Wojcicki? In many ways, it takes the same characteristics as it does for men, according to Telle Whitney, CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, a Palo-Alto non-profit that focuses on women in technology. “Women who rise to the top C-level have many of the same characteristics that any C-level executive would need — to be… continue…

How to Break In as a Game Developer

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For freshly graduated programmers and developers, finding your first job in gaming can be a challenge. You can do it, though, if you’ve got the right mix of hard and soft skills, industry knowledge and experience from creating a game or two on your own. Indeed, if you can show off a polished game, you’ve got a much better chance of snagging a spot, says Holly Liu, co-founder and chief of staff at Kabam, a San Francisco-based interactive entertainment company… continue…

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…