Budgets, Salaries, Training Point to Strong IT Job Market

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With IT budgets up, salaries increasing and more companies investing in training, it’s a great time to be in the IT job market, says Leon Kappelman, a professor at the College of Business at the University of North Texas. Kappelman, who focuses on IT management issues, was part of the team that compiled the 34th annual Society for Information Management IT Trends Study for 2013. “It’s a good time to be a geek: Salaries are increasing, money going to training is… continue…

How to Get Low-Cost – or No-Cost – Training

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A programmer’s skills need constant updating. You know the story: Technology that was hot two years is old hat as far as employers are concerned – which means they want something different today. And while it used to be companies would spring for the cost of training, that’s become increasingly rare. So, how do you get the training you need? That’s what we explore in this week’s hangout. Our panel — Software Engineering Talent Guide Catherine Powell, C++/C# and Java… continue…

Ascendum Solutions to Hire 162 in Phoenix

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Cincinnati-based IT solutions provider Ascendum Solutions is branching out into the Phoenix area and will add 162 employees over the next three years. “Our plan is to grow quickly in this market, making it our second-largest site nationally,” Cynthia Hammersley, the company’s new western regional manager, told the Phoenix Business Journal. The company will open its western operations headquarters in Scottsdale on Dec. 2. Hiring will begin in January. It’s seeking software testing specialists, quality assurance consultants, project management consultants… continue…

Survey: Company-Provided Training on the Upswing

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Though no doubt many have been forced into it, more companies are training workers for positions that need to be filled, according to a survey by Accenture. In the poll of 400 executives at large U.S. companies across industries, 46 percent said they are feeling the impact of the STEM skills shortage — and that the skills gap is hurting business. For those facing or anticipating a shortage, 66 percent foresee a loss of business to competitors, 64 percent face a… continue…

Does Tech Advocate Go Far Enough?

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Timer-Thumbnail’s Computer Science Education Week kicks off Dec. 9 to encourage young people to get into STEM careers. But as the hype around the event builds, some question whether the efforts to get computer science classes into every U.S. school — with the help of volunteers such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and VC powerhouse John Doerr — are using up financial resources that would be better spent elsewhere. Though they say there’s real value to the program,… continue…

Microsoft Program Helps Vets Enter Tech Workforce

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Microsoft has kicked off “The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy” to provide software development and testing training to active duty military personnel who are transitioning back to civilian life. The program is a 16-week course that prepares participants to earn certifications as developers, applications engineers and IT project managers. After a pilot program run with Saint Martin’s University at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State, the academy will be available on bases in California and Texas. It will then expand… continue…

Top 10 Places to Learn Rails Online

Learning Ruby on Rails online isn’t ideal. Pair programming is considered a best practice. However, if those resources aren’t available or if you’re looking for something to supplement that kind of effort, check out some of the resources below, presented in no particular order. RailsBridge Installfest: Before getting started with Rails, you need to actually get it running. This working tutorial is field-tested and filled with details that other guides leave out. The Official Ruby on Rails Guides: “I frequently… continue…

Free Software Developer School For Women Launches

In an effort to address both the mounting talent shortage in technology in the state of Washington and gender imbalance in the industry, Ada Developers Academy is launching a free yearlong intensive software developer school in Seattle for women who have no previous programming experience. The classes are not only free, but students can even apply to receive a $1000 per month stipend. But, you better act fast. The deadline for applications is Sept. 30 – just a few days… continue…

Top 10 Tips for Retaining Women in Technology

Can’t find enough qualified IT talent to fill your job openings? Before issuing that often repeated complaint, try asking yourself what you’ve done to retain the talent you have, especially your women engineers. Chances are these women technologists will quit at a higher rate than the men with comparable skills. A report released Tuesday by the Anita Borg Institute called “Women Technologists Count,” cites a study that found that 56 percent of women technologists at the mid-level point in their… continue…

Big Data Training vs. Education

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“Big Data is Big Business with many new opportunities for technical people.“ I’m sure many of you have heard something like this. Last year, the Harvard Business Review went so far as to call data science “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” (I actually have this article framed on my office wall as I don’t think anyone will ever again call my job “sexy.”)  My point is: Time and again, we’ve been told that there’s a dramatic lack of… continue…