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Austin’s Top Tech Candidates Get Hired Quickly

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What’s New This Quarter Nine months after taking Dell private, CEO Michael Dell is feeling buoyant that he no longer has to kowtow to Wall Street on a quarterly basis. His company is still the largest private employer in Central Texas, with about 14,000 workers in the Austin area, and it’s hoping to gain ground in the emerging connected-world category of the “Internet of Things.” When it comes to having higher-than-average numbers of women in the tech workforce, Austin ranks… 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…

athenahealth to Add 600 Jobs in Austin

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Medical technology services provider athenahealth plans to expand into Austin, Texas, after state and local officials dangled a $5.5 million incentive package in front of it. The company says the move is part of a national growth strategy aimed at improving service for clients throughout the healthcare industry. Over the next 10 years, it will add some 600 software development and R&D jobs in Austin, and spend approximately $13 million to redevelop a 110,000-square-foot space in the city’s downtown. “Austin… 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…

In Austin, Everyone (Except Dell) Seems to Be Hiring

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What’s New This Quarter Quarter 4 of 2013 was a vibrant one in Austin, beginning as Dell finally completed its $24.9 billion shareholder buyout. The newly private company is now setting out to cut costs, first offering buyouts to an unknown number of employees through a “voluntary separation program,” and then possibly following it up with layoffs affecting as many as 9,000 workers. That’s a change from February, when the company said, “We do not anticipate job eliminations as a… continue…

IBM Plans Hundreds of Hires in Austin

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IBM has opened a design studio in Austin and plans to add hundreds of jobs over the next five years. The company’s General Manager of Design Phil Gilbert called the studio “a broad ambitious new approach to re-imagining how we design our products and solutions.” He said the goal is to “modernize enterprise software for today’s users, who demand great design everywhere, at home and at work.” For years, workers used to consumer products at home have wondered why their… continue…

In Austin, .NET, Java and JavaScript Are Hot

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What’s New With both Dell and IBM still facing big changes — Michael Dell’s $25 billion buyout to take his company private finally took place in mid-September — the near future of the Austin area’s tech scene remains a bit unclear. But that hasn’t stopped Forbes from putting the city at the top of its list of best places for future job growth, citing Austin employment’s current 4 percent annual growth rate. Forbes notes that Accenture, National Instruments and Time… continue…

In Austin, an Inexorable Shift from Hardware to Software

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What’s New This Quarter While the future of Dell continues to be the subject of much speculation, the company is moving forward on the services front, providing a dedicated/private and hybrid cloud environment for its government customers. With 14,000 workers, Dell remains the largest private employer in Central Texas. Meanwhile, Austin-based online deal site RetailMeNot has filed for an IPO, saying that it is looking to raise up to $230 million. In less happy news, locals are wondering what IBM’s… continue…

Dell and eBay Eye Hyper-Scale Data Centers

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Dell is teaming upwith eBay to launch the Evergreen Innovation Center in a move to grab a piece of the hyper-scale data center market and leverage its existing enterprise offerings. The center is housed in an existing building on Dell’s Austin campus and is drawing on the companies’ current workforce to staff it, a Dell spokeswoman told Dice News. With the Innovation Center, Dell aims to offer customers the ability to scale out and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of… continue…

Austin Tech Companies Worry About Talent Shortage

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The Austin tech sector’s growth between now and 2017 will be complicated by a thin pipeline of STEM talent. Today, technology companies contribute some $21 billion to the local economy, about 25 percent of the total, according to the Austin Technology Council’s Technology Economic Impact Report. This year, nearly 80 percent of those businesses expect to add staff, and the report predicts the sector will create some 9,000 jobs by 2017. As a result, says ATC Chairman Joel Trammell, area… continue…