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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…

Google Fiber Expands to Austin, Texas

If all goes according to plan, Google will begin connecting homes in Austin to Google Fiber in mid-2014. continue…

GM’s Hiring, But Not 10,000 New People

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Media reports that General Motors will add 10,000 more people as part of its efforts to insource the bulk of its IT operations turns out to be wrong. The company told Dice News that the widely reported figure stemmed more from a media rush than company announcements. To be sure, the in-house tech staff will grow substantially as the company brings in-house some 90 percent of its technology work. The IT staff will grow from about 1,500 today to 10,000… continue…

A GM Recruiter’s Tips on Landing a Job

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If you want to work for General Motors, but not live in Detroit, look toward Austin, Texas. GM’s global IT staff is expected to expand by about 10,000 in the next three to five years as it brings 90 percent of its outsourced IT work back in house. In addition to Austin, the company will establish three more “innovation centers” in as-yet-unnamed cities. Hiring is already under way in Austin, where the company will add 500 IT jobs. “We want… continue…

Consultant Sogeti USA to Hire 250 Tech Pros in 23 Cities

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Technical consultant Sogeti USA plans to hire around 250 IT pros in 23 cities by the end of 2012. As part of a planned expansion, it’s already brought aboard 400 so far in 2012. The jobs will be across its seven practice areas: advisory services, application development, business information management, engineering, infrastructure management, cloud and security, mobile and testing services. The Capgemini subsidiary, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, provides technical consulting services to medium and large businesses as well as public-sector… continue…

Austin’s Game Industry Keeps Growing

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Gaming and digital media grew faster than any other creative industry in Austin, with jobs in the sector more than doubling to 7,274 over five years ending in 2010. More importantly, the average salary in the region reached $87,000 in 2009, according to the Entertainment Software Association. For job seekers, that means Austin provides the best of both worlds – high salary and low cost of living. Electronic Arts is driving this job growth. Last year EA moved its EA Sports game… continue…

Does Overconfidence Help You Win Hackathons?

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With three strong but silent types and one skinny loudmouth, the T3 team proved to have the ingredients to pull off a successful win at the App Hackathon at SXSW. The team of four produced an impressive game simulator using the Turbulenz API. I caught up with the team, or rather their cocky spokesman, at the beginning of the hackathon and then caught up with all of them the following morning to see what they did. Watch the video for… continue…

Dell Expands in Security, Lots of Hiring in Austin [Roundup]

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Dell Expands Its Security Offerings with SonicWall Acquisition: Dell will acquire IT network security company SonicWall, whose 950 employees make next-generation firewalls and unified threat management firewalls, for approximately $1.2 billion. Dell, which has been expanding its storage and networking capacity with acquisitions such as EqualLogic and Force10 Networks, is clearly well on its way to breaking out of its tradition PC manufacturing box and become more a services provider, a move that its major rivals HP and IBM have… continue…

Job Moves at Apple, IBM and Salesforce.com

Christina - March 15, 2012
Apple plans 3,600 new jobs in Austin…IBM “re-balances” through layoffs… and Salesforce.com grows so fast, it doesn’t have time to build new offices.

States Work Harder to Attract Game Companies

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Video games, as a business, are becoming so big, with so much money attached, that states are falling all over themselves to attract the companies that produce them. PaidContent says 21 states are trying to get in on the action by offering incentives adapted from those originally created to lure movie production. Among other things, states like the idea of “hundreds of very well paid individuals settling down in an area.” While Northern California remains the pre-eminent hub for game… continue…