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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 Code.org Go Far Enough?

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Code.org’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

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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

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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

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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…

Candidates Want Training Included in Job Offers

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While it may be obvious that offering technology training programs aids in recruiting engineers, developers and other IT professionals, the degree of its importance may be greater than you think. According to Robert Half Technology, 68 percent of IT workers rank training programs “very important” when they’re evaluating a job opportunity. Meanwhile, 64 percent say they are “very concerned” about keeping their skills current during the next three to five years. “IT workers know that the industry moves quickly and… continue…

The Beginning of the End of Security Theater

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You often hear airport TSA checkpoints described as “security theater” because despite their imposing presence and processes, passengers still sneak contraband onto commercial flights. In IT, we see similar performances – and results. For us, security theater has manifested itself as the deployment of layers of technology like antivirus, Web filters, password policies, encryption, multi-factor authentication and on and on. When a breach and data loss does occur, IT does not hold itself liable because of all the measures that… continue…

4 Ways to Learn New Technical Skills

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It’s a Catch 22. You need to have experience in the latest technologies to land your dream job. But you don’t have the latest skills. What to do? Cat’s got four strategies to follow.