Working in Tech

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Facebook, Box, Pinterest Launch Women Mentorships

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Over the summer, a handful of tech giants released diversity reports that showed their respective companies weren’t diverse at all, with white males occupying the majority of positions from the engineering ranks to the C-suite. At Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo, males constituted 80 percent or more of employees. After that data became public, many of these companies vowed to do better. “I’m not satisfied with the numbers… They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard… continue…

Are Database Administrators Doomed?

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Just about everyone agrees these days that there is more data to manage than ever. The topic on which nobody seems to agree is who needs to manage it, or to what degree it might actually need to be managed. Traditionally, database administrators (also known as DBAs) have been at the center of the data-management universe: There was always a need to have someone optimize the performance of applications by making sure data was well structured. But with the rise… continue…

Daily Tip: Clean Desk, Clean Mind

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People spend lots of time keeping their virtual desktops clean and their email boxes as empty as possible—but what about their real-world space? While some of your colleagues and friends are very good at maintaining a rigorously spare work environment, you doubtlessly know more than a few whose desks are total disaster zones. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. Disorganization can slow you down, result in losing vital documents, and make you… continue…

Google’s Ex-CEO on Building a Strong Company

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As part of the effort to promote their new business-management book, How Google Works, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Product Jonathan Rosenberg put together a huge slide-deck—complete with cute cartoon illustrations—that shows how to build a company in this tech-empowered age. They shared that deck with Business Insider, which printed it in its 54-slide entirety. While those slides provide only a quick overview into the thinking processes that underlie the creation of a company, they do contain… continue…

Daily Tip: End the Day With a ‘To Do’ List

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Lots of us keep ‘To Do’ lists, and rely on them as a way to organize our activities throughout the day. Often the creation of these lists is a somewhat slapdash affair—when you realize the need to do something, you jot a note about it in your notebook or phone. That inevitably leads to forgetting things. The solution? Consider setting aside some time at the end of every workday to reflect on everything you did, and use those reflections to… continue…

Daily Tip: How to Ask for a Raise

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Last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made waves in the wrong sort of way, when he told an audience of women tech pros at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration that they should trust the system to give them a raise, instead of just asking for one. While Nadella quickly walked back his comments, his gaffe raises an interesting point: How exactly does one go about asking for a raise? Taking a few simple steps could help boost your chances of… continue…

Android Lollipop Offers API Sweetness for Developers

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When Google unveiled the next version of its Android operating system at its I/O conference this summer, it chose to stay a little cagey about the name, referring to the upgrade simply as “L.” With the software set for release “in coming weeks,” Google has finally revealed the full name: “Lollipop.” That’s not much of a surprise, considering how Google names each successive generation of Android after a different dessert—maybe “Lemon Meringue Pie” or “Licorice” could have substituted, but the… continue…

6 Behaviors That Will Cost You the B2B Deal

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By John White In my previous article I discussed several best practices related to B2B tech sales. Now it’s time to look at the other side of the coin: The sales behaviors that will cost you the deal, and in the process sink the company’s bottom line. Psycho Dialing Many sales reps are guilty of over-communicating with their prospects after the initial pitch. They fail to set a proper timeline for following up. Before they know it, the end of the… continue…

For Game Developers, It’s About the Labor of Love

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More people are playing video games than ever before—so many that we now have debates over who counts as a “gamer.” Is someone with a smartphone and an addiction to Candy Crush or Angry Birds a gamer, or should that title be reserved for those who play the more immersive and complex games generally available only on PCs and consoles? The best answer to this question might be, “Who cares?” For most purposes, there’s no need to differentiate between types… continue…

The Key to Good Business Process Modeling

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Business-use cases are essential for modeling because they define processes as series of sequential steps with alternate flows. These use cases help stakeholders better understand the business and what’s working, versus what’s not. Click here to find business analyst jobs. Modeling business processes can help with many things, including but not limited to: Eliminating irrelevant details Presenting processes in a common format for all stakeholders Understanding complexity Assessing efficiency Capturing how value is delivered Determining time and cost Different types of… continue…