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.

‘Boot Camps’ Soften Pitch, Bulk Up Courses

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Some short-term coding schools are trying to manage the expectations of their students by tempering claims about their graduates’ job prospects, The Wall Street Journal reports. Such programs, which often focus on hot skills like Python and Ruby on Rails, have been proliferating of late. They can cost anywhere from $6,000 to nearly $18,000 for a three-month course. The real question surrounding the schools is whether they produce career-ready professionals in less time than it takes to complete one college… continue…

Survey: Certifications Are Key to Security Salaries

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More than half — 58 percent – of cybersecurity professionals say that holding one or more information security certifications is the leading factor in a successful career, according to a survey by the SANS Institute. In addition, they believe certifications can add up to 5 percent to a security professional’s salary. At the same time, they say pay in the field hasn’t been especially dynamic. Indeed, despite high demand, salaries at the mid-level have largely stalled. Twenty-three percent of respondents… continue…

Computer Science Enrollments Continue to Grow

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The number of new undergraduate computing majors continued to grow last year, rising 13.4 percent, according to a report from the Computing Research Association. Although that’s smaller growth than has been seen in years, it does represent the sixth straight period of growth. Enrollments bottomed out in 2007, just before the recession. New computer science enrollments grew by nearly 30 percent in 2011-12 and 23 percent the year before. Last year, 63,873 students enrolled in computer science programs, compared with… continue…

7 Mobile App Markets You Haven’t Thought Of

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Even traditionally low-tech industries are embracing mobile applications. As Todd Brown, senior applications development manager at UPS, puts it: “any industry with a workforce that doesn’t sit at a desk.” That’s creating opportunities for app developers. But as with any product, deep knowledge of the business and its workflow processes is vital to making your app succeed. Click here to find mobile development jobs. Think beyond the confines of consumer or traditional enterprise development for some new opportunities. Here’s a… continue…

IT Execs Are Confident, But Still Face Hiring Difficulties

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IT executives continue to express confidence in their company’s business prospects, but worry about the difficulties they face in hiring the technology workers they need, according to the latest CompTIA IT Industry Business Confidence Index. Based on an online survey of 305 IT companies, the index stands at 61.3 on a 100-point scale, edging up from 60.2 in the first quarter. Disruptive technologies and business models were among the issues causing the most concern among IT leaders. “Two areas –… continue…

Report: Little Growth in STEM Talent Pipeline

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U.S. News and Raytheon STEM Index
The pipeline of STEM talent in the U.S. continues to lag even as the need for tech professionals continues to soar, according to an index put together by Raytheon and U.S. News. The U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index looks at 93 factors, including ACT math and science scores, Advance Placement test scores, college and graduate degrees granted and U.S. employment in STEM fields. Says the report: …after a long period of flat to down indicators, there has been some upward movement,… continue…

An ‘Arms Race’ Is Building Over Artificial Intelligence

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There’s an arms race of sorts under way among tech companies as they apply artificial intelligence to an array of problems and potential markets. Advanced computer processing capacity has cleared the way to teach machines capabilities previously held only by human experts, things like diagnosing diseases and translating languages. Meantime, computer scientists are exploring a host of new capabilities. Among them: knowing what customers want, even before they know they want it, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Click… continue…

4 Financial Plans to Make Before Joining a Startup

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While joining a startup offers exciting opportunities to work with innovative people and new technologies – not to mention the possibility of earning a ton of money if the company takes off – it also means long hours, lower pay and the possibility of being out of a job within the year. So, if you’re considering taking a job at a startup, you need to do some careful financial planning before making your decision. We spoke to a couple of… continue…

Software Developers Feel Growing Power

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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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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…