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.

Contrasting Views on Tech Job Market Outlook

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Contrasting Trends
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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Boca Raton Florida
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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U.S. Capitol
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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Growth Trend
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…

Macheen Cuts Staff, Swaps CEOs

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Machine Logo
Mobile cloud platform provider Macheen has instituted a round of layoffs and reversed its CEO switch involving its founder and chairman. The Austin, Texas, startup  laid off an unspecified number of workers, reports the Austin Business Journal. Additionally, its founding CEO Richard Schwartz told the journal that the company is “redirecting resourcing,” as part of internal changes and a greater focus on a software-as-a-service strategy. The company has also reportedly decided to focus on end users, rather than OEM clients… continue…

Twitter’s Environment: Autonomy and Purpose

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Twitter Headquarters
At Twitter, engineering teams have always had a lot of autonomy, and Senior Vice President of Engineering Chris Fry wants to keep it that way. At the same time, he sees the need for enough structure to keep everyone working together seamlessly. Twitter has more than 1,000 engineers whose work in lightweight, Agile teams has gone beyond just maintaining the site’s reliability. And there are always new hires coming in who have to be brought up to speed quickly. While… continue…

Omaha Employers Predict Increase in Tech Hiring

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Omaha, Nebraska
Companies in the Omaha, Neb., area plan to hire 1,400 IT professionals and 300 engineers in the next two years, according to a survey from AIM, an Omaha-based nonprofit that promotes technology careers and education. Its survey had just a 7 percent response rate — 154 companies – leading Levi Thiele, AIM’s research director, to project actual hiring demand of 2,000 to 3,000. “Our local IT demand is really matching what we’re seeing at the national level,” Thiele told the… continue…

6 Steps to Successful Crowdfunding

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Crowdfunding
Entrepreneurs thinking about raising money through crowdfunding should think carefully about what their business needs not just financially, but in terms of expertise, and then consider whether this type of fundraising will provide it. On top of that, says Jeff Sohl, director of the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire, they should think about how crowdfunding could affect subsequent investment rounds, since some angel groups will walk away from a business whose first round was obtained… continue…

New Mexico Governor Wants to Boost Tech Innovation

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New Mexico Flag
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has issued a series of proposals to boost innovation and high-tech companies in New Mexico. Among other things, she wants to encourage angel investors by raising the maximum individual investment threshold for the state’s Angel Investment Credit from $100,000 to $250,000 and increase the overall cap on the credit from $750,000 to $2 million. The proposal is not only meant to encourage larger investments, but to increase the number of investments angels can make. Martinez also proposed: Combining the Technology… continue…

Tech Companies Woo Economists

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Data Analysis
Tech companies were among the employers wooing young economists at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting recently in Philadelphia. In the past few years, Google, Microsoft and Amazon have organized teams of economists to sift through their reams of data and spot market trends. “It used to be that if you got a Ph.D. in economics, you went to government, you went to academics, you went to a consulting firm, or you went to Wall Street,” Greg Rosston, Deputy Director… continue…