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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…

Top Tech Degrees for 2015 (and Beyond)

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Technology degree programs of all types may enjoy booming enrollments these days, but which diplomas are the most useful for next year’s grads? While computer science is a perennial favorite (and always a good choice for students), other paths of inquiry are rapidly gaining in popularity among those who want lucrative and fulfilling careers once they graduate school. These five top tech degrees for 2015 (and beyond) are shaped by changes in the global economy, industry and technology. They may… continue…

More Workers Willing to Share Personal Data With Employers

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Another sign that the type of data profiling used by retailers and advertisers could soon become commonplace in the workplace: A significant number of employees aren’t really worried about it, according to a report by accounting and consulting firm PwC. The report—The future of work: A journey to 2022—says that nearly a third of people would be “happy” for their employer to have access to personal data such as social media profiles. The assumption seems to be that the information… continue…

Has Your Company Mastered Apps?

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Smartphones and tablets are now ubiquitous among companies, along with customized apps that monitor everything from customer service to shipping logistics. Despite that ubiquity, a new report from the Apigee Institute (PDF) insists that enterprise IT is broken, and that the majority of your average C-suite is unable to keep up with the technological changes sweeping pretty much every industry. At the heart of that brokenness, the report adds, is the inability of current data-storage practices and systems to keep… continue…

Despite Apps, Much of Data Analytics Still Drudgery

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So-called “Big Data” has never been more popular among organizations, and those with the ability to analyze vast amounts of data find themselves much in demand. That demand, in turn, could drive more graduates to embrace analytics as a career. But for anyone contemplating such a move, be warned: Data scientists within even the most dynamic company face a whole lot of drudgery as part of their daily routine. A new study by The New York Times estimates that data… continue…

Data Science, Internet of Things Top Gartner Hype Cycle

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Every year, research firm Gartner updates its “Hype Cycle,” which traces how technologies progress from their early, heady days of innovation to a “Peak of Inflated Expectations,” before settling into a “Trough of Disillusionment” and, eventually, acceptance as productive tools. Nearly every technology that’s defined our lives over the past several years—whether cloud computing, 3D printing, or augmented-reality devices—has gone for a spin on Gartner’s Cycle. Now it’s time for 2014’s edition, in which several emerging technologies are climbing the… continue…

NSA Hints at Outreach to Silicon Valley Talent

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The National Security Agency is worried that all of the controversies surrounding its, er, data-gathering activities is hurting its efforts to recruit technology talent, according to comments made earlier this week by Anne Neuberger, a special assistant to agency Director Michael Rogers. Speaking at a seminar hosted by the LongNow Foundation, Neuberger “extended a plea to an audience replete with tech workers to consider a career in government, or at least apply for a fellowship,” Reuters reports. Though many officials… continue…

The Tech Skills Every Business Analyst Needs to Know

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Even in a period of high demand, it’s important to have a diverse skill set. That means business analysts with a solid knowledge of technology have an advantage over their competition when they’re looking for a job. Creating a sense of confidence among, and gaining the respect of, IT and business end users requires you to speak their languages and demonstrate a strong technical aptitude. So, a BA needs to know what IT applications are being utilized, what options can… continue…

Facebook’s New Privacy Issue Highlights Need for Transparency

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Anyone signing up for Facebook must agree to the social network’s Terms of Use, which opens user-generated data to everything from data analytics to product testing. The majority of the time, Facebook keeps its capitalization (some might call it exploitation) of user data firmly in the background; your postings might end up used in a system-wide test, but you’ll never know about it. So it was surprising when, over the weekend, news leaked that Facebook had manipulated the news feeds… continue…

HP’s The Machine Could Crush Big Data Problems

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Big Data is only getting bigger: Over the next several years, it’s probable—if not outright inevitable—that businesses will find themselves faced with the need to crunch billions (maybe even trillions) of records, analyze increasingly massive datasets (often in a matter of seconds or minutes) and transmit that data around the world. Tech firms are already working on solutions to address Bigger Data: SAP, IBM and Oracle, for example, have all announced in-memory technology designed to greatly speed up analytics. The… continue…