Job Skills

Why ‘Soft Skills’ Are Key for Innovation

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For business analysts, solving clients’ thorniest issues isn’t a purely left-brain exercise; it also requires “soft skills” such as creativity, holistic decision-making, and a willingness to learn. Let’s break down the importance of each. Creativity In the world of business analysis, creative thinking involves more than just thinking “outside the box,” as the cliché goes. Analysts should never take on the entire burden of creating a solution; instead, they should use enterprise analysis, interviews, and other tools to help colleagues and stakeholders… continue…

How to Talk Tech to Nontechnical People

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Communications isn’t just a skill for IT professionals in business-facing roles. Today, practically everyone who works in IT needs the ability to communicate technical concepts and information to end users. Recruiters say hiring managers are often willing to substitute one technical skill for another when they consider candidates… but communication skills are a non-negotiable requirement. So what’s the secret to communicating technical concepts and information to nontechnical folks? Check out the latest IT management jobs. In addition to patience and… continue…

How to Be a Better Business Analyst in 2015

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Now that we’re a month into 2015, it’s worth looking at our resolutions and seeing which ones will actually last us throughout the year. For business analysts, who work with the goals and objectives of clients in order to deliver more business value, it’s especially important to sit down and work through professional goals and objectives. With that in mind, here are four resolutions for becoming a better business analyst: Plan More There is always a need to find a… continue…

Daily Tip: Debug Early, Debug Often

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Over the past month, online pundits have drawn attention to what they perceive as a growing number of flaws with Apple’s iOS and Mac OS X operating systems. Both platforms are buggier by the year, they argue, as a consequence of Apple’s laser focus on producing major updates every autumn or so. If you’re a programmer or developer, bugs are a part of life. But when major bugs crop up in a shipped product, it can create huge problems: You… continue…

Five Ways to Ruin Your Job Search

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It’s difficult enough to remain actively engaged in a job search without worrying about self-sabotage. Fortunately for you, there are some strategies you can employ to make sure you don’t end up pursuing bad ideas that you think are really great at the time. The ‘Spray and Pray’ Method According to Melissa Cooley, founder of The Job Quest, the biggest mistake that job-seekers often make is using the “spray and pray” method: firing out résumés as quickly as possible at… continue…

5 Critical Soft Skills for Tech Pros

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Your technical skills get your foot in an employer’s door, but it’s your soft skills that will clinch the hire and keep you employed. Despite the stereotypical (albeit sometimes earned) reputation of technologists as being unable to play well with others, a lot of companies assume all candidates will know how to behave on the job as part of their overall skill set. Because they believe this, any candidate who undervalues the importance of building and maintaining “soft skills” risks… continue…

5 Top Python GUI Frameworks for 2015

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As a Python developer, sooner or later you’ll want to write an application with a graphical user interface. Fortunately, there are a lot of options on the tools front: The Python wiki on GUI programming lists over 30 cross-platform frameworks, as well as Pyjamas, a tool for cross-browser Web development based on a port of the Google Web Toolkit. How to choose between all these options for Python GUIs? I started by narrowing it down to those that included all… continue…

Substitute PostgreSQL for Your NoSQL Needs

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Over the past five years or so, NoSQL databases have enjoyed a spike in popularity compared to relational (i.e., SQL-driven) databases, thanks in large part to industries such as online gaming. A typical NoSQL database can write data 10 or 20 times faster than a relational one, although this speed comes at a price: The data is cached in memory longer before being written to disk, so the data update remains inconsistent longer. As a result, applications that require fast… continue…

Best Tips for Secure Data Retention

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Corporate retailers including Home Depot, Target, Michaels, Dairy Queen, and Kmart have all been victims of security breaches, and are still feeling the aftereffects. In addition to the financial repercussions, even mainstream brands suffer from diminished trust when customer data is compromised. This trust can be difficult to rebuild, and the negative effects are often even more pronounced for small- or medium-sized businesses. To find IT security jobs, click here. Privacy Policies Being upfront with users about how long you… continue…

In Search of the Next-Generation Mainframer

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Not too long ago, IT organizations that had invested in mainframes were afraid that IT people with the expertise required to run those systems were about to “age out” and retire. As a result, many firms decided to examine their platform options, which contributed in no small part to a wave of defections to distributed computing-systems platforms. A recent survey of 350 CIOs, conducted by Compuware, had 66 percent reporting that they feared the impending retirement of the mainframe workforce… continue…