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Employers Worried About Critical-Thinking Skills

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How does an employer measure critical-thinking skills? That’s a pressing question, considering that every company on the planet needs employees who can analyze information in a way that’s ultimately good for the bottom line. But how do you tell which employees have the right aptitude? According to The Wall Street Journal, employers have wildly different methods of evaluating their employees for critical-thinking skills. Goldman Sachs, for example, asks job candidates to “assess company valuations and stock pitches and then to… continue…

6 Behaviors That Will Cost You the B2B Deal

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By John White In my previous article I discussed several best practices related to B2B tech sales. Now it’s time to look at the other side of the coin: The sales behaviors that will cost you the deal, and in the process sink the company’s bottom line. Psycho Dialing Many sales reps are guilty of over-communicating with their prospects after the initial pitch. They fail to set a proper timeline for following up. Before they know it, the end of the… continue…

The Key to Good Business Process Modeling

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Business-use cases are essential for modeling because they define processes as series of sequential steps with alternate flows. These use cases help stakeholders better understand the business and what’s working, versus what’s not. Click here to find business analyst jobs. Modeling business processes can help with many things, including but not limited to: Eliminating irrelevant details Presenting processes in a common format for all stakeholders Understanding complexity Assessing efficiency Capturing how value is delivered Determining time and cost Different types of… continue…

The Key to Steve Jobs’ Management Genius

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People like to call Apple co-founder Steve Jobs a “genius,” but he wasn’t a genius in the same way as, say, Alan Turing. He wasn’t a legendary developer, and he didn’t spend years perfecting hardware designs—instead, he had lots of employees who handled all aspects of Apple’s product portfolio. What made Jobs so successful, in the opinion of author Malcolm Gladwell, was his sense of “urgency,” an overpowering urge to get things done. “It’s attitude,” he told the audience at… continue…

The Importance of Mapping Business Concepts

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Analyzing business information is the first and often weakest link in the business-analysis process. The “as-is” of the business situation is typically ill-defined and in need of reworking. As a result, business analysis should be viewed as a meaningful and creative learning process. Businesses Are Run by People Getting actual involvement from businesspeople on business analysis and business development projects is usually a large challenge. Capturing and retaining the attention of those key people, who know what the business is… continue…

Is Apple’s Swift Worth Your Development Time?

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At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, Apple surprised many developers when it announced Swift, a new programming language for iOS and OS X. For the past several months, more developers have been using Swift side-by-side with Objective-C, Cocoa, and Cocoa Touch to build apps, giving them a chance to see what Apple believes will serve as its future framework for all software produced by third-party developers. The big question on the minds of many in the industry, however,… 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…

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…

Building Apps in Swift: Using Storyboards

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In our previous article on building apps with Apple’s Swift, we demonstrated how to use view controllers and views in code to craft a simple app. Before we begin with this next lesson, using storyboards to build an app in Swift, it’s worth revisiting that first piece. (The code that accompanies the piece is stored on SourceForge as “First Example.zip.”) Remember that view controllers in Swift manage two roles: they controls views on a page or part of a page,… continue…

A Look at 5 Free Python Editors

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Python programming can be done from the command line, but an IDE makes life so much easier. With so many options out there, which one should you use? To help you decide, I’ve looked at five Python editors (all free). Although Python has been more of a Linux programming language, the last few years have seen its increasing use on Windows, so many of the five are cross-platform. They are: Eclipse plus PyDev and other plugins PyScripter Eric Python IDE… continue…