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Lack of Mentorship Hobbles Women in Tech

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New research from nonprofit firm Catalyst suggests that women who earn their MBA are far less likely than men to use that degree within a “tech intensive” industry. According to the firm’s latest survey, any blame for a lack of women in tech-intensive industries shouldn’t rest with the education system, which is the frequent target of executives who complain about gender discrepancy in tech; instead, women decline to participate in those industries due to a lack of role models, concerns… 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…

The Key Traits of Small-Business Tech Specialists

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If you like the idea of being the technology leader at a small business, be warned: Finding that job will be tough. Research conducted by Dell and Intel last year discovered that just 15 percent of small businesses have dedicated IT resources on their payroll; the rest either rely on shared resources—someone who divides their time between IT and another job—or outside vendors known as managed service providers (MSPs). That means the more realistic path to a job in the… continue…

CIOs Need to Make Room for Chief Data Officers

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The building of a digital business that leverages IT to make processes more efficient is all the rage these days. That construction, however, requires organizations to actually manage data as an asset, rather than a burden. At least on paper, the chief information officer (CIO) is responsible for all things within the organization that relate to information. In practice, however, many CIOs tend to focus on infrastructure rather than information, and often choose to treat all data more or less… continue…

Green Energy Grows Tech Jobs

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The renewable energy industry has grown at a rapid and steady pace over the past decade, and will probably continue on that course in coming years. This is good news for any engineers, computer scientists, data analysts, programmers, and software developers who want to find employment in the field. Green energy has proven it has legs: a recent Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects showed wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower providing… continue…

Are Women Tracked to Certain IT Roles?

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Think of the stereotypical software architect or developer, and you might picture a guy in a hoodie, jittering from too many energy drinks. Like most clichés, it isn’t really true: Women have taken more roles in IT, from running startups to managing enterprise databases. Despite that progress, people still associate certain jobs in IT with men, suggests Kira Makagon, vice president of innovation at RingCentral, a San Mateo, Calif.-based provider of cloud business phone systems. Women made up only 19.7… continue…

Why Military Personnel Make Ideal IT Pros

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By Chris LaPoint Every year, approximately 250,000 military personnel leave the service to return to civilian life. When the home front beckons, many will be looking to become IT professionals, a role that, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, is among the fastest growing jobs in the country. How their field skills will translate to the back office is something to ponder. With the advent of virtualization, mobile, and the cloud, IT changes faster than the wind,… continue…

5 Hot Fields for Computer Science Grads

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Right now is a great time to be graduating with a computer science degree; but with myriad opportunities available, what kind of jobs should you be applying for? You can start by asking yourself these two questions: What do you like doing? Where do you see yourself in the future? Here are five computer science-friendly fields that you may want to consider. Startups The computer science grad with a solid general skill set would do well to begin a career… continue…

How to Snag That CTO Job

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Chief technology officers (CTOs) need a mix of technical and strategic skills to perform effectively in the C-suite. But more than anything else, CTOs must be motivational leaders with the communication skills to rally the troops—IT employees and non-tech staff alike—around their vision. CTOs combine technical chops with managerial savvy, all in the name of aligning the technical needs of the organization with business and financial goals. “A CTO has to define the technology and technical strategy of the company and… continue…

How Automation Is Dooming Entry-Level IT Jobs

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On one hand, there’s more demand than ever for specialized IT staff. But many of the jobs that IT professionals once used to gain the experience to get them are in danger of being eliminated. Welcome to the newest paradox of tech employment. IT vendors everywhere tout the benefits of IT automation, usually in the form of software-defined data centers that operate at “Web scale.” However, that automation of IT infrastructure reduces the need for lower-level IT administrators and other… continue…