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.

A Preview of Outsourcing Trends in 2014

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The coming year should find businesses looking for more ways to retain control over their IT services and processes, as well as cut costs, according to Computerworld’s “10 IT Outsourcing Trends to Watch in 2014.” General Motors cited that need when it brought innovation back in a massive three-year plan to move almost all of its IT services in-house. IT services experts cite three ways in which that trend is expected to continue: an increase in insourcing, a hybrid model combining… continue…

Austin Courts athenahealth’s More Than 600 Jobs

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City and state officials are dangling an incentive package worth $5.6 million in front of health IT vendor athenahealth in return for creating 607 new full-time jobs in Austin, Texas, by the end of 2023. Austin – along with Atlanta, Boston and San Francisco — are said to be in the running for the company’s major research and development center. Texas Gov. Rick Perry claims to have landed the deal, but a company spokeswoman declined to comment, according to the… continue…

Juniper Networks Under Pressure to Cut Salaries

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Juniper Networks’ generosity to employees hasn’t gone over well with activist investor Elliot Management. The hedge fund is pressing for a better a deal for investors, in part at the expense of its workers. In an effort to pump up its share price, Elliot wants Juniper to cut costs by $200 million a year, streamline its portfolio of products and return up to $3.5 billion in cash to shareholders through buybacks and dividends. That cost-cutting would come from what Elliot… continue…

Oracle Sued Over Discriminatory Practices

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A former Oracle sales manager is suing the company, alleging he was fired for complaining about orders to pay an Indian worker less than a U.S. employee in the same position. Ian Spandow, who was a senior regional manager in database sales, “experienced discriminatory and retaliatory conduct based on his national origin and after his complaint of various improper practices, including the company’s discriminatory pay practices of employees based on their national origin,” according to a civil rights complaint filed… continue…

Data, Web, Mobile Jobs Continue to Gain Momentum

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Web development, mobile development and large-scale data analysis will continue to be hot skills during 2014. “Anyone who has experience in and around data is in a great spot right now,” John Reed, senior executive director at staffing firm Robert Half Technology, told Techworld. This includes standard database developers, data engineers who structure data with Hadoop, and data scientists who tease out market insights. Doug Schade, principal consultant in the Software Technology Search division at Boston-based WinterWyman, pointed to demand… continue…

Employers Lament Age Gap in Engineering Candidates

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Are engineers in the United States either too young or too old? In trying to hire application developers for the semiconductor industry, Lance Jones, vice president of technology at Evans Analytical Group in Sunnyvale, Calif., decided the “sweet spot” for senior-position experience was five to 10 years. But the applications the company received were largely from foreign students looking for a visa sponsor, or senior-level engineers with more than 20 years of experience. In other hiring efforts, the results have… continue…

Contrasting Views on Tech Job Market Outlook

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With the release of a December jobs report called the worst in three years, Janco Associates CEO Victor Janulaitis continues to warn of gloomy prospects in the IT job market. By his count, just 3,200 tech positions were added in December, bringing the total to 15,900 in the past three months. That grim assessment trended with the layoffs the computer sector encountered during the month, which reached 5,578 – up more than five times the level for the same period… continue…

TouchSuite to Stay in Florida, Add 50 Jobs

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Point-of-sale software vendor TouchSuite has nixed the idea of relocating to Texas, opting to stay put in Boca Raton, Fla. A $250,000 incentive package from the city and state that calls for adding 50 jobs helped make that the more attractive option. The new jobs are expected to include programmers and business development associates. The company, which focuses on payment solutions for small to mid-sized retail, restaurant and service providers, has 62 employees. Its next effort will focus on creating… continue…

Obama Mulls Creation of IT Mega-Agency

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After the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration is considering creating a one-stop shop that handles all federal tech projects, rather than have them overseen by a myriad of government agencies. Each year, the federal government spends $77 billion on IT, but the White House isn’t convinced taxpayers are getting the most for their money. The Department of Health and Human Services spent at least $319 million on the controversial HealthCare.gov website, but as The Washington Post found out,… continue…

SAP-Related Product Sales and Salaries to Rise

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Employers continue to pay a premium for SAP skills and some talented pros might be more apt to go job-shopping this year than in the past. A survey by consulting and staffing company Red Commerce found three-quarters of SAP pros are planning to look for a new job in the next year. Drivers for this grass-is-greener-on-the-other-side-of-the-fence mentality may reside with growth in SAP’s core ERP products, which may prompt SAP pros to seek other opportunities at other SAP-related vendors. Additionally,… continue…