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.

Detroit’s Turnaround Plan Calls for Tech-Skilled Immigrants

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With Detroit mired in bankruptcy, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is floating a turnaround plan based on an influx of skilled immigrants to fill a talent gap in the city’s workforce. He’s proposed asking the federal government to grant 50,000 visas over five years to international workers with advanced degrees as long as they move to Detroit. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is on-board. “In order for Detroit to grow again, we need highly trained workers to move in, open businesses and… continue…

EMC Restructuring Means Job Cuts Here, Hiring There

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Storage giant EMC has announced a restructuring that will involve about 1,000 job cuts, though with simultaneous hiring the company expects to end up with the same headcount as before, or even “slightly more.” EMC had 60,000 employees at the start of the year. The restructuring is “almost a mirror image of what we did last year,” David Goulden, CEO of EMC’s Information Infrastructure business, said during the company’s quarterly earnings call. In May, EMC said it would cut 1,004… continue…

California Regulators Crack Down on Coding Bootcamps

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California regulators are cracking down on a number of coding bootcamps, insisting that they become licensed as private schools and leaving the camps fighting for their survival. The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, a unit of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, sent cease and desist letters to Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, App Academy, Zipfian Academy and others. It’s warning that they are being classified as unlicensed post-secondary educational institutions that must seek compliance with state laws or be forcibly shut down, reports VentureBeat.… continue…

How Failure Can Advance Your Tech Career

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When he came on as a software architect at Zappos, one of Christopher Weiss’s first tasks was to start moving the Perl code base to a service-oriented architecture built on Java. When the first piece went live, he discovered he’d configured it with only two database connections — a massive error for a website that takes hundreds of hits per second. The site crashed. Luckily, the team was able to flip it back and the outage lasted only about five… continue…

Lenovo to Acquire Motorola Mobility for $3 Billion

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The world’s No. 1 PC maker, Lenovo, which last week announced it’s buying IBM’s x86 server business for $2.3 billion, plans to acquire Motorola Mobility from Google, according to Google’s announcement Wednesday. For Motorola Mobility employees, the announcement marks another round of uncertainty with a new owner. Just 20 months ago, Google closed its $12.5 billion acquisition with Motorola Mobility and initiated a string of deep cuts. Google inherited approximately 19,000 Motorola Mobility employees, but sacked 4,000 employees in 2012,… continue…

Chipmaker Semtech to Cut 6 Percent of Staff

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Camarillo, Calif.-based chipmaker Semtech Corp. has announced plans to lay off 6 percent of its workforce due to reduced demand for its products. The company expects to save $35 million with the reductions during its 2015 fiscal year. Semtech makes chips used in automated test equipment and power-management devices. Its most recent annual report, from last March, listed global headcount of 1,433 – meaning the cuts would affect about 86 jobs. The company did not say how many jobs would… continue…

Layoffs Cut Crossroads Systems’ Staff in Half

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Two rounds of layoffs have left Austin-based software maker Crossroads Systems with just 48 workers, according to the Austin Business Journal. The company develops software designed to connect and protect data for enterprise storage and cloud computing. Its headcount stood at 99 last March, when it was pinning its turnaround hope on StrongBox, a plug-and-play device designed to manage tape storage systems. The company now employs 22 workers in research and development; 14 in sales, marketing and business development; and… continue…

Amazon Posted More Than 16,000 Jobs Last Year

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Amazon posted more ads for IT jobs — 16,146 in all — than anyone during 2013, according to CompTIA’s annual IT Industry Outlook report. The report’s based on numbers from Burning Glass Technologies in Boston, which analyzes online job postings from approximately 32,000 jobs sites. It eliminates duplicates, then runs analytics to mine the particular skills employers are seeking. Rounding out the top 10 were: Accenture, 14,240 job ads Deloitte, 13,077 Microsoft, 12,435 Best Buy, 10,725 IBM, 10,221 General Dynamics,… continue…

Hardware Jobs in Jeopardy at IBM

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Look for more staff cuts at IBM – especially in hardware – after the company’s quarterly earnings fell below analysts’ estimates. Big Blue reported fourth-quarter revenue of $27.7 billion, while Wall Street had expected the number to be more like $28.25 billion. Though revenues were slightly off at the technology services and business services groups, IBM’s hardware business dropped 3.5 percentage points to 35.6 percent, continuing the decline of the unit. Now word’s come that the company’s worked a deal… continue…

Denver-Based Convercent Cuts Staff, Then Hires

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The ax has been falling at the workforce at Denver-based startup Convercent, despite the fact it just raised $10 million. Convercent’s cloud-based technology allows companies to track compliance and corporate ethics. A former employee told the Denver Business Journal that the company recently cut 32 positions from its 70-person payroll. The newspaper is also reporting that some workers at the two-year-old company were replaced with new hires. “[CEO and Co-Founder Patrick] Quinlan mentioned that he staffed up too soon and… continue…