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3 Interview Questions for Data Analysts

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Ever considered a job as a data analyst? According to CNBC, it’s the “sexiest job of the 21st century.” Data analysts decipher business problems, create algorithms, and turn terabytes of structured and unstructured data into valuable intelligence that businesses can understand and use. “Imagine all the comments companies receive from social media and emails,” said Brandon Purcell, data science team lead at Beyond the Arc, a customer experience consulting and advanced analytics firm based in Berkeley, Calif. “A data analyst… 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…

Zen and the Art of Machine Learning

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If there is anything that I have enjoyed about being in software, it is the inexorable change, and emergence of new technologies and opportunities. I am often heard saying, “I love living in the future.” Just looking at the past few years, the advent of virtualization and cloud computing has opened up new job types, areas of expertise and ways to make money or find satisfying employment. One area in particular has emerged recently, a field of mathematics reborn with… 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…

Why App Developers Need to Understand HIPAA

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is complicated, and comes with hefty penalties for violations. As developers build more and more apps that leverage users’ personal and health data, they need to understand how this law works. HIPAA protects personal health data during transactions between entities such as insurance companies, hospitals and doctors. It was amended last year to require those covered entities to also vouch for the privacy and security practices of their business associates: companies that… continue…

Big Data’s Growing Role in Technical Hiring

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Under pressure to recruit and retain top talent, large employers are increasingly turning to predictive analytics as a key element in their hiring and retention practices. For now, the focus is on using personality tests to identify promising front-line employees, such as call center or sales people. But the use of Big Data—and the pressure on HR departments to harness it in measurable ways—is growing. Does that mean software engineers and other technology pros will face personality testing on the… continue…

Do Mobile App Developers Need a Lawyer?

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Activity trackers, “smartwatches,” wearable electronics, and smartphones all come with more than the ability to record your daily steps taken or calories burned; the devices’ ability to record the nuances of daily activity—thanks in large part to a growing collection of third-party apps—has subjected them to quite a bit of privacy-related scrutiny. In a recent study, the Federal Trade Commission found 12 mobile health and fitness apps sending users’ personal information to 76 different third parties. Another study of the… continue…

What Developers Need to Know About REST APIs

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By R. Paul Singh There are various reasons to adopt REST as the underlying layer and build RESTful APIs for data access. REST is enjoying widespread and rapid adoption for SOA database connectivity, including business-to-business, mobile access and systems integration. While connectivity is the obvious focus for building a RESTful API, it’s not enough. It’s critical to address factors like API usability, app server functions and performance. Click here to find REST-related jobs. This article dives into each of these… continue…

Is an Ethical Hacking Certification Worth Earning?

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It seems like every other month that a major corporation suffers an epic hack, with millions of customers’ data stolen. In the aftermath of those attacks, many companies are turning to ethical or “white hat” hackers to test their defenses. But is ethical hacking an effective counter to unethical hacking, especially when those who practice the latter can do pretty much whatever they want with a wide variety of tools? Ethical hacking’s cause isn’t helped by the fact that the… continue…

Is Cyber-Liability Insurance Worth the Cost?

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A growing number of companies ask vendors to buy cyber-liability insurance—and for a tech startup or an independent IT consultant, that cost can put a real dent in the bottom line. Cyber-liability insurance might include coverage for losses related to denial-of-service attacks, threats to intellectual property, business interruption, cyber extortion, and a variety of security breaches. An advisor such as an attorney or insurance agent can help firms properly assess the type and amount of cyber-liability insurance they might need,… continue…