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.

Complex Requirements Pressure Demand for Data Scientists

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Data scientists are the people who crunch the data that an increasing number of companies, government agencies and other organizations collect from a range of sources, using mathematical models to analyze it and create narratives or visualizations to explain what it means, then suggest how to use it to make decisions. Beyond that, there’s not a lot of consensus on exactly what a “data scientist” is. Half Analytics, Half ‘Counting Things’ Former bit.ly chief scientist Hilary Mason, now at venture… continue…

Headspring Systems Seeks 100 App Developers

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Austin, Texas-based enterprise software development firm Headspring Systems plans to hire 100 app developers by the end of the year, with most of the hires based in Dallas, where it’s opening a new office. The company nearly tripled its headcount last year and expanded to Houston. It plans a Chicago office in 2015. The company focuses on custom application development, business intelligence and systems integration. In February, it launched a mobile division. Opening in May, the Dallas office will hire… continue…

F# Dramatically Gains in Popularity

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The Microsoft-backed F# functional programming language is quickly gaining popularity, according to the Tiobe Programming Community Index. Ranked No. 69 on the index a year ago, F# has soared to the No. 12 spot this month and is headed for the top 10. Microsoft calls F# “simple and pragmatic” and says it has “particular strengths in data-oriented programming, parallel I/O programming, parallel CPU programming, scripting, and algorithmic development.” Functional-first programming languages are particularly suited to analytical work such as calculation… continue…

IBM ‘Workforce Rebalancing’ Includes Plenty of Hiring

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Despite layoffs that could affect up to 13,000 people, IBM continues to hire at its usual rate. The company has more than 3,000 open jobs. They include nearly 600 positions in software development and support, more than 1,300 IT specialists in areas such as infrastructure, security and middleware, and 44 positions in hardware development and support. It’s looking for 63 database administrators and more than 120 people in server support and services. Big Blue said: IBM is positioning itself to… continue…

IBM Begins Layoffs in the U.S.

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IBM began a new round of domestic layoffs on Thursday, with its $1 billion “workforce rebalancing” effort expected to slash as many as 13,000 jobs worldwide. Cuts are expected to come in New York, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Vermont. The union Alliance@IBM also reports 3,300 layoffs abroad, including in Brazil, Argentina, France, and Italy. A source told CNET that the cuts include 25 percent of its hardware division — the Systems and Technology group. Big Blue is… continue…

CSC to Create 800 Jobs in Louisiana

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Computer services company Computer Sciences Corporation will bring 800 jobs to Bossier City, La., where it plans to build a 116,000-square-foot Integrated Technology Center. Hiring is expected to start immediately for positions focused on cloud computing, cybersecurity and software development. CSC offers IT services, including cloud solutions, cybersecurity and technology consulting. The company said it will make dedicated efforts to hire veterans. CSC will move into a 40,000-square-foot temporary space at the National Cyber Research Park until its new facility… continue…

Authentication’s New Methods Spotlight Need for More Training

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IT security professionals may want to brace for more training and skills development on emerging forms of authentication following Google’s acquisition of Israeli startup SlickLogin and moves by organizations like the Fast Identity Online Alliance (FIDO). Companies are seeking ways to keep their customers and employees secure online beyond reusable passwords, as cybercriminals become increasingly sophisticated and attacks more massive in scope, as evidenced by the recent Target security breach. Earlier this week, Google acquired SlickLogin, which uses a unique,… continue…

Bioshock Creator to Close, Some Employees to Join Take-Two

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Bioshock creator Irrational Games is winding down as co-founder Ken Levine starts a new venture at publisher Take-Two Interactive. The Quincy, Mass.-based company, which had 200 employees less than two years ago, will be sliced down to 15, Joystiq reports without specifying the number to be cut. Going forward, plans are “to make narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable. To foster the most direct relationship with our fans possible, we will focus exclusively on content delivered… continue…

Staples Hiring Spree Targets Hundreds of Engineers

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Office products retailer Staples has been on a hiring spree to support its big bet on e-commerce. The company has been adding “hundreds of engineers, including many from Web-only retailers who can help the retailer to bridge gaps in creating and managing technology across stores and digital,” according to Internet Retailer. While rolling out faster, sleeker and more personalized mobile sites, the company’s also looking to “omnichannel” technology that promotes in-store shopping. In September, Staples announced plans for its Seattle… continue…

HTML5 Development Is on the Upswing

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Is it surprising that developers say they love the latest version of HMTL5? That’s what seems to be happening. According to a survey from Sencha, a provider of open source Web application frameworks, enthusiasm is only growing for HTML5 while support wanes for the classic Microsoft Windows platform. The company polled more than 2,100 business applications developers during December and January. Among its findings: More than 60 percent of developers have converted to HTML5 and hybrid development for their key… continue…