Susan Hall

Susan Hall is an accomplished writer and editor living in Louisville, Ky., where they like horses – a lot. Susan boasts some affection for horses, but more for dogs. She has written on a broad range topics from Olympic marathoners to the use of Twitter in the corporate jungle. Born of the print era, she worked at metro dailies such as The Dallas Times Herald, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Times and USA Today. The latter two even still exist. She fled the ink domain and became a member of the MSNBC.com launch team. From there it’s been a giddy ride of project management, research, interviewing, writing and editing in the IT realm. When not working, she and her Cocker Spaniel, Charlie, compete in AKC agility events.

US CTO Switches Gears to Recruit in Silicon Valley

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There’s a new recruiter coming to Silicon Valley. Federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park is leaving Washington, D.C., for the left coast, where he will be part of a White House team focused on recruiting tech pros for the government. Park became a political target for his role in trying to fix the glitch-ridden Healthcare.gov website. He’s had his successes, though, including helping President Obama lure Google engineer Mikey Dickerson—who worked on the tech aspects of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign… continue…

Why Engineers Will Never Be a Commodity

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Software has evolved to the point where products can be built by taking Lego-like components and assembling them into a whole. So that begs the questions: Are engineers becoming a commodity? After all, the use of available modules to build solutions means startups require less capital to get going and engineers don’t need to have the same depth of knowledge in some areas as they used to. As Sam Gerstenzang, partner at Andreessen Horowitz, put it: An individual can now… continue…

Where Mobile Developers Should Be Looking for Jobs

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It seems everyone wants a mobile app these days—even in traditionally low-tech industries like commercial fishing, construction and trucking. That means “a mobile developer with good skills can go anywhere he or she wants to—to any company in any geography,” says Chris Wood, managing partner at Kansas City staffing firm Paige Technologies. While a lot’s been written about the strength of mobile games and the growing market for wearable technologies, there’s strong demand for mobile business apps as well. “There’s… continue…

9 Things Mobile Developers Should Be Following

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New developments fly at mobile developers to the point where it can be a full-time job to keep up. “Every year after (Apple’s) Worldwide Developer Conference, you have to spend a week watching the videos. If you don’t do that, everything you know is out of date,” says Eric Schweitzer, a Dice contributor and principal software engineer at Digitas Health in Philadelphia. Things aren’t much different for those who work with Android. Click here to find a mobile development job.… continue…

Are More Employers Willing to Pay for Certifications?

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The overall value of certifications is rising, which can put added pressure on job seekers to make sure their credentials are up to snuff. The good news is some employers may be willing to help you get the training you need. Of course, whether you can convince an employer to pay for training or certifications depends on a number of factors, including the skills, the industry and the company’s attitude toward training in general. Then there’s company size and the… continue…

Internet of Things Increases Need for Security Pros

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The sheer number of “things” to be secured in the Internet of Things is expected to create a rash of jobs in cybersecurity over the next several years. “You’re going to have to secure the device or the sensor, you need to secure the data, and you’re going to have to secure that across an open network,” Intel’s head of business marketing, Stuart Dommett, told an IoT roundtable in May. “It really is a massive, massive change.” Click here to… continue…

Nuclear Power Industry in Crunch for IT Experts

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Bracing for an industry-wide talent shortage as Baby Boomers plan their retirements, the nuclear industry is looking for technology professionals. “Retirements are creating a multitude of nuclear industry jobs, including IT jobs,” says H. L. Dodds, a professor emeritus and former head of the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee. “Just about everyone in the nuclear industry uses IT on a daily basis to communicate: person-to-person, person-to-machine, machine-to-person and even machine-to-machine,” he explains. “Thus, it’s of the utmost… continue…

Apprenticeships Provide Healthcare IT Experience

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All employers prefer to hire people who have experience in their industry, but that tendency is particularly strong in healthcare. That creates a conundrum for IT pros trying to break into the sector: How do you get healthcare experience if you can’t get hired without healthcare experience? The answer may lie in the Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship program. The program, which the White House announced in April, makes $100 million available to help workers participate in apprenticeships. The graduates… continue…

The Best Way to Get the Job Experience You Need

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David Kurkowski, a senior application engineer with HealthTrust in Nashville, Tenn., built his career on persistence and continuous learning, as well as hard work. Kurkowski spoke with Dice about how internships, classes and studying on his own helped get him break into tech and develop a successful career. How did your IT career begin? When I got out of the Air Force, I wanted to be a firefighter, but I couldn’t really find any jobs–either because there were no openings… continue…

Employers Put More Value in Certifications

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After years of having their value called into question, the worth of many IT certifications is rising, spurred in many cases by governments’ use of them to describe expectations. This year’s first quarter brought the largest annual increase in market pay for certifications in more than 15 years and the fourth consecutive quarter of growth, according to analyst firm Foote Partners, which tracks a number of technology credentials. Click here to cybersecurity jobs. “Over the years, I’ve witnessed references to… continue…