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More MBAs Pursue Opportunities in Technology

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Wall Street isn’t any longer the default destination for newly graduated MBAs: More of them are opting for jobs in technology. Indeed, tech companies are snapping up MBAs at a growing rate in both the U.S. and the UK, according to the Financial Times. At Stanford, for example, the number of MBAs joining technology firms jumped for the second year in a row last year, with 32 percent of 2013’s class taking jobs in the sector. That’s up from 24… continue…

June 2014: Dice Hiring Survey

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Hiring for technology professionals is moving full-steam ahead in the second half of 2014, according to more than 700 hiring managers and recruiters who primarily focus on these professionals. The majority (70%) of hiring managers intend to hire more technology professionals in the next six months, as compared to the first half of the year, according to Dice’s semi-annual hiring survey. That’s a slight dip from year end, when 73 percent anticipated more hiring in the first half of the… continue…

Tech Pros Think Java/J2EE, SQL, .NET Key to Careers

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Tech pros feel that mastery of Java/J2EE, SQL and .NET are key to their careers, according to a new survey by Dice. Although the survey’s sample size was small, at 200 pros, the results nonetheless echo those produced by other Dice analyses over the past few months. Around 37 percent of respondents indicated they thought Java/J2EE was most in demand among popular skill sets, followed by SQL with 29 percent, .NET with 19 percent, C++ with 9 percent, and C#… continue…

Employers Having a Hard Time Hiring IT Staff

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IT staff are among the most difficult jobs for employers to fill, according to the ninth annual Talent Shortage Survey by ManpowerGroup. Some 47 percent of the employers surveyed said those hiring difficulties stemmed from candidates’ lack of technical competencies; a shortage of “soft skills” also topped the list. Other cited factors included an absence of applicants, candidates wanting more money than the job offered and a lack of experience. Click here for more IT staffing jobs. For employers, the… continue…

Is 2014 the Year of the Phablet?

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If research firm IDC is correct, 2014 could become the year of the “phablet.” IDC defines phablets as smartphones with screens exceeding 5.5 inches, a category that encompasses a growing number of devices. Samsung in particular has led the phablet charge, seeing it as a competitive differentiator from Apple, which has (so far) resolved to keep the iPhone’s screen at no more than four inches diagonal. Click here to find app developer jobs. IDC believes phablets’ share of the smartphone… continue…

May 2014: The Creators

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Before there’s the need to hire sales, digital marketing and finance professionals, companies need creators. And, there’s no doubt this job market has been good to tech’s chief creators – our software developers. In the first quarter of 2014, the unemployment rate for software developers was 2.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That compares to five percent in the second quarter of 2009 (the quarter in which the recession ended) and 5.5 percent in the first quarter… continue…

What Are the Next Big Developer Skills?

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The latest data from Dice suggests that employers want software developers who’re experts in well-established technologies such as .NET, C++, and HTML. But IT is a rapidly evolving field, which begs the question—what will the employers of tomorrow want, skills-wise, from developers? Before taking a stab at that question, it’s worth examining the particular skills currently in demand by employers. On Dice, hiring managers searched thousands of times between January 1 and April 15 of this year for software developers,… continue…

Twitch, Slingshot Suggest Big Companies’ Future Is Small Apps

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Facebook may have missed out on buying Snapchat, but that hasn’t cooled the company’s ardor for disappearing-messages apps—or the audiences that come with them: The Financial Times reports that Facebook’s engineers are hard at work on an “ephemeral messaging” platform that would vaporize videos and photos after a single view. Facebook recently discontinued Poke, its two-year-old app that replicated much of Snapchat’s functionality, after it failed to gain much of an audience. This new attempt, reportedly named “Slingshot,” will likely… continue…

Want to Upgrade Your App? Consider Breaking It Apart

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Facebook, Foursquare and other tech companies are taking an odd approach to upgrading their core apps. Instead of adding new features or shinier buttons, these firms are breaking their apps apart. Foursquare split off many of its main app’s social functions into Swarm, which focuses on friends and check-ins; the new, leaner Foursquare app will allow users to search for nearby restaurants and other points of interest. Facebook seems determined to parse its “main” mobile app into as many standalone… continue…

Are Tablets in Decline Already?

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For years, Apple CEO Tim Cook used his company’s earnings calls to tout the rising fortunes of the iPad, which he claimed would eventually overtake the market for traditional PCs. But on Apple’s April 23 earnings call, Cook spent a few minutes doing the exact opposite: pushing back against the perception that the iPad’s fortunes have turned increasingly anemic. Sales of the tablet “came in at the high end of our expectations, but we realized they were below analyst estimates,”… continue…