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.

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…

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…