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.

Software Developers Feel Growing Power

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Software Engineer
Software developers have a well-founded confidence in their ability to change the world, according to a survey by IT automation company Chef. And more than half foresee their careers as a path to becoming rich someday. More than two-thirds — 69 percent — of developers describe their profession as “recession-proof,” with opportunities not just at traditional tech companies, but across a range of industries. Indeed, the unemployment rate among all tech occupations fell to 2.7 percent in the first quarter,… continue…

Investors Wary of Startups As Tech Stocks Drop

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Stock Market Ticker
The recent downturn in tech stocks has venture capitalists and IPO investors turning cautious. That’s not good news for startups. “We’re obviously in the throes of what feels like a correction for the small-cap and growth-equity companies,” David Golden, managing partner at San Francisco-based Revolution Ventures, told The Wall Street Journal. Jim Breyer, a partner at venture capital firm Accel Partners, said more time in board meetings is being spent on financial strategies. For details on how this impacts you,… continue…

This Is the Secret to Landing a Job at athenahealth

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Landing@ athenahealth
Health IT vendor athenahealth made news earlier this year when it selected Austin, Texas, as the site of its new R&D hub. The company said it would create 600 jobs there over the next 10 years. However, that’s just one of the locations where athenahealth is hiring in IT. The company will add about 200 tech positions overall this year, according to Technical Recruiting Manager Amber Jackson. She estimates it will bring on more than 100 people in software engineering,… continue…

10 Startups Leading the Way on Big Data

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Data Analysis
An increasing number of startups are positioning themselves to take advantage of demand for Big Data solutions. It’s no surprise. IDC forecasts that the Big Data market will outpace the growth of the overall information and communications tech sector to reach $32.4 billion by 2017, so Big Data is a good place to be. The use of Big Data is relatively new, which means the candidate pool for solutions can be small, observes John VanderSande, a Boston-based principal consultant with… continue…

Employers Can’t Find Enough Scala Talent

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Some have wondered whether the recent release of Java 8 could be bad news for Scala, which gained fans with its functional programming capabilities on the Java Virtual Machine. Scala’s creator Martin Odersky doesn’t believe it. He’s said the release will bring the Scala and Java communities closer together. And Typesafe, the company Odersky created to support and promote Scala, is touting it as good news for all. Click here to find Scala jobs. “Typesafe is excited to see Java… continue…

Can Hacker Schools Provide the Training You Need?

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Programming Training Iron Yard
An alternative is rising for people who want to develop new technical skills: Hacker schools, which are billed as quick, cheap alternatives to traditional educational approaches. The schools are cropping up across the country, especially in tech-heavy areas like San Francisco, New York and Boston. They’re not cheap, though. A program at the Iron Yard, based in South Carolina, takes three months and costs $9,000. A two-month program at Atlanta’s Tech Talent South runs $6,250 for full-time students and $4,250… continue…

Amazon’s Hiring is Just One Sign of Retail’s Tech Focus

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Sale Sign
Amazon’s IT recruitment efforts in 2013 dramatically outpaced those of all of its competitors, according to a report published on the industry website Retail Information Systems News. During the year, the company posted about 17,000 tech jobs, more than 57 percent of all postings among the top 10. That’s a lot of postings, and we should note the report didn’t provide a definition for what jobs it considers “tech” or how it counted the ads. Still, the number is an… continue…

3 Requirements for Jobs in Software QA

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Testing Code
The software industry’s evolution is changing the landscape of software QA. Mobile applications, new approaches to development and automation are all having an impact. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts strong growth in positions for software QA engineers, forecasting the creation of some 100,000 new positions through 2022. Today, the average salary in software QA is $75,444, according to the most recent Dice Salary Survey. Click here to find Software QA jobs. Many of those new jobs are bound to… continue…

Cloud Vendors Desperate for OpenStack Skills

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Learning about OpenStack is the surest way to get onto the cutting edge of cloud infrastructure, according to Jason Baker in a post at opensource.com. “Investing your time in learning OpenStack pays off,” Baker writes. The dramatic growth of the cloud has created thousands of jobs, with demand for OpenStack skills among the most pressing. According to Rackspace, “OpenStack outpaces other cloud infrastructure jobs considerably,” Baker writes. And since the hosting company conducted its survey some 18 months ago, the… continue…

How Tech Jobs Have Changed in 15 Years

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1997 Computer Job
A comparison of tech jobs in 1997 and 2012 shows an interesting evolution. Think about the jobs that didn’t exist way back when, or at least not by their current names: cloud architect, mobile application developer, social media specialist. As part of its effort to mark the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web’s creation, the Pew Research Center has taken a stab at analyzing the Web’s impact on employment. Pew’s analysis shows that some categories, such as software developer,… continue…