Trends

Business Unit Coders Are No Threat to IT

Posted In Looking in Tech
Business App
An increasing number of corporate workers are taking it upon themselves to develop business technology solutions without the participation of IT. While that could sound like a threat to professional developers, it’s probably not: Forrester Research notes there’s a dearth of development talent out there, and that most of the applications being built by these “citizen developers” address some kind of problem that’s been backlogged by the technology department. “Most of the software built by ‘citizen developers’ addresses requests on… continue…

For Best Data Analytics, Collaboration is Key

Posted In Data, Working in Tech
Data Collaboration
A new report from research firm IDC suggests that “Big Data” projects yield best results when a company’s IT, analytics, and line of business (LOB) units collaborate tightly together. Seems obvious, right? Except that, as interest in analytics increases among companies, there’s the perception that employees tasked with data crunching can (and should) do their jobs without the involvement of other business units; the rise of powerful “self-service” business-intelligence tools has only emphasized that theme. With many companies’ personnel resources… continue…

How Tech Jobs Have Changed in 15 Years

Posted In Looking in Tech
1997 Computer Job
A comparison of tech jobs in 1997 and 2012 shows an interesting evolution. Think about the jobs that didn’t exist way back when, or at least not by their current names: cloud architect, mobile application developer, social media specialist. As part of its effort to mark the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web’s creation, the Pew Research Center has taken a stab at analyzing the Web’s impact on employment. Pew’s analysis shows that some categories, such as software developer,… continue…

How to Keep Up With Evolving Skills

Posted In Looking in Tech
Tiobe Index
Are you looking for work now? Since you’re in tech you might want to take advantage of the demand for your skills. But how do you know that you will always be a hot commodity? The best way to make sure is to monitor industry trends and leverage your existing talent in new ways, or to develop an expertise in an emerging trend. Either way, this strategy takes time and a steady eye to pull off effectively. Let me walk… continue…

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Worry About a Bubble

Posted In Looking in Tech
Soap Bubble
Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp is seen by some as the clearest sign yet that we’re in the midst of a tech bubble that could threaten jobs in both startups and established IT firms. But not everyone agrees. “Obviously there have been some really big prices paid for tech companies recently,” says former Apple CEO John Sculley, citing both the WhatsApp acquisition and Google’s $3.4 billion purchase of Nest. The size of both deals shocked many Silicon Valley watchers.… continue…

What the Next 18 Months Hold for Software Careers

Tech Forecast
It’s easy to put your head down and focus on the work that you have to do today. To think about the job you’re doing now. To think about the technology you know already. To understand the team structure you’re currently in. That’s what’s now. But what’s next? Let’s take a walk through the next 18 months and see where engineering is going. Focus on Learning What’s Going On: Hiring managers have figured out that tomorrow’s skills won’t be today’s… continue…

Meet the New Venture Capitalist: Your CIO

Posted In Living in Tech
Executive
Chief Information Officers will soon behave more like venture capitalists and less like their old selves, making bets and taking losses while racking up the occasional big win. What’s more, their bosses are going to like the new approach. So says Deloitte’s Tech Trends 2014, an annual report that attempts to tease out the big trends in information management. Topping its list of developments is this notion of CIOs accepting higher risk than previously acceptable while managing a portfolio of… continue…

Q&A: Why Linux Experts Are In Demand

Posted In Linux, Looking in Tech
Linux
We interviewed Jim Zemlin, Executive Director at The Linux Foundation, to get his take on the Linux Jobs Report recently compiled by the Foundation and Dice. Can you provide some details on what’s driving the need for Linux expertise? Linux is experiencing major growth across industries. In consumer electronics, it’s used to run TVs, Android phones and tablets, your washer, dryer and refrigerator. Even your crock pot. In the enterprise, Linux is the foundation for cloud computing and is powering data… continue…

5 Things Impacting Your IT Job Search Right Now

Posted In Looking in Tech
job search
The unemployment rate in technology is running well below the national average – 3.5 percent during 2013’s fourth quarter — and employers regularly complain that there are too few candidates available for too many IT jobs. That’s good. But it doesn’t mean you can approach your job search cavalierly. In any environment, it’s important to understand the dynamics at work so you can position yourself in the best way possible. Here are five dynamics of today’s tech job market you… continue…

Demand for Linux Expertise Drives Hiring Priorities

Posted In Linux, Looking in Tech
Linux
Hiring managers are ramping up their plans to bring aboard talent with Linux skills, according to the 2014 Linux Jobs Report, which forecasts the Linux job market based on a survey of hiring managers and Linux professionals. This demand is driving salaries for Linux above industry norms and leading a majority of Linux professionals to conclude that Linux skills are helping them move their careers forward. The 2014 Linux Jobs Report released today includes data from hiring managers (1,100) and… continue…