How One App Hit 30 Countries in 3 Months

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How’s this for performance? New York’s driving analytics app-developer Dash got thousands of U.S. users and has been downloaded in more than 30 countries — all within three months of its launch. The company’s located at the WeWork co-working space in lower Manhattan, which gives it the flexibility to grow without investing in a new real estate – not to mention a community of startups and an office space with pinball, beer and all the other startup essentials. What makes… continue…

Interview Questions for Contract Scrum Masters

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One moment scrum masters are leading and mentoring team members, the next they’re reviewing code and calling for a two-week sprint. A Scrum master has to wear many hats to help a project team perform at its highest level. And while they don’t always have the bandwidth to code, design or test, those with hands-on development experience relate better to the technical members of the team, says Faizan Syed, director of service delivery for eTeam, a staffing firm based in… continue…

Incentives Lure More Tech Jobs to Austin

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The big tech job news in the Austin, Texas, area continues to surround Dell, which last year offered a voluntary separation package intended to weed out those who didn’t share its “passion and enthusiasm” for life as a private company. When response to the offer was tepid, Dell laid off a few thousand workers, equaling about 2 percent of its workforce. That doesn’t mean the computer maker’s stopped hiring, though. “We’re hiring in strategic areas of our business, including hardware… continue…

For Best Data Analytics, Collaboration is Key

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A new report from research firm IDC suggests that “Big Data” projects yield best results when a company’s IT, analytics, and line of business (LOB) units collaborate tightly together. Seems obvious, right? Except that, as interest in analytics increases among companies, there’s the perception that employees tasked with data crunching can (and should) do their jobs without the involvement of other business units; the rise of powerful “self-service” business-intelligence tools has only emphasized that theme. With many companies’ personnel resources… continue…

As Data Needs Increase, R Shows Slow, Steady Growth

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By Orla O’Sullivan Although R is riding the waves of Big Data and open source, plus benefiting from a swell of startups who use it as an inexpensive yet effective tool, opportunities that rely on skills with the statistical analysis language remain modest. That’s an odd dynamic, given that the program is widely taught and free in a space where competitors can cost thousands of dollars a year to license. Developed by statisticians rather than programmers, R is known as… continue…

Tech Consultants: Prepare to Get Paid (and Work Harder Than Ever)

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If you’ve ever wanted a job advising companies on their technology choices, now might be the perfect time to jump into the field: according to a Dice analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly salary for tech consultants hit $42.17 in February—an all-time high. Average pay for tech consultants has crept slowly upward over the past few years: In 2006, average hourly earnings tended to fluctuate around the $36-$37 range. A few years later,… continue…

IT Warned to Prepare for New HR Demands

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Changes in the way companies hire and manage their resources will impact the technology used to support Human Resources functions, forcing IT departments to implement applications that match new approaches to managing the workforce. Speaking to Computer Weekly, Jason Averbook, chief innovation officer at cloud consulting firm Appirio, said the changes “will create headaches” as technology departments scramble to deliver new services to a dispersed workforce. “By 2020 there will be upwards of 50 percent of employees [in a typical… continue…

Windows XP Support Expiring: Don’t Freak Out

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It’s official: Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. There’s just one little problem: millions of PCs continue to run the aging operating system. Businesses and schools around the world still rely on XP to drive daily computing, and don’t seem very interested in spending the time, money, and tears on a massive tech refresh. Indeed, Windows XP holds 27.69 percent of the PC operating-system market, according to the latest data from NetApplications—well behind Windows 7 at 48.77 percent, but… continue…

How to Get a Job at E-Commerce Site CouponPal

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Launched in 2010, Venice, Calif.-based startup CouponPal is a website committed to putting consumers in touch with the best deals and discounts online. To set itself apart, it focuses on a more youthful demographic than other e-commerce sites and works to better communicate the usefulness of coupon codes while providing effortless interaction between vendors and users. With a staff of eight full-time and eight part-time, CouponPal doubled the size of its team in the past few months and, says founder… continue…

How the Push of Activist Investors Pressures Tech Jobs

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Recent layoffs at Juniper Networks — the company is cutting 6 percent of its workforce — is symptomatic of a growing battle between Wall Street financiers and Silicon Valley tech companies. As more hedge funds, private equity firms and activist investors put their money into the technology space, they’re demanding better financial returns, even from healthy companies. And that often puts technology workers at risk. Hedge funds and private equity firms in particular have reputations as short-term thinkers, ready to… continue…