Career advice for IT professionals, including job search tips, interview techniques, project management, IT-business alignment, outsourcing, and vendor management.
  • The obscene perks and privileges of some tech CEOs

    Posted March 9, 2011 - 1:20 am

    If you really want to see what's wrong with much of corporate America, check out this Network World slide show detailing the numerous perks showered upon tech CEOs by clueless boards that should know better.
  • CIOs plot their response to tech's unstoppable forces

    Posted March 8, 2011 - 9:30 am

    CIOs at Computerworld's Premier 100 conference share their responses to the IT trends, including mobile devices, ubiquity and cloud computing.
  • Big firms offer business experience to IT workers

    Posted March 8, 2011 - 9:12 am

    Boeing and Intel run programs that let IT workers spend time in other business units to learn about operations and perhaps cost cutting ideas.
  • How to survive CIO regime change

    Posted March 7, 2011 - 9:24 pm

    How long does the average CIO stay on the job? Not very long. According to a Gartner Inc. survey of 1,527 CIOs, their average tenure in 2009 was four years and four months, a figure that has changed relatively little over the past several years, according to Mark McDonald, group vice president of Gartner Executive Programs. "It's been between four years and three months and four years and nine months," he says.
  • Career watch: Six promising technology job titles

    Posted March 7, 2011 - 9:17 pm

    ERP developers, business intelligence analysts, mobile app developers and 3 other IT-related jobs made Robert Half International's list of the 11 most promising jobs for 2011.
  • Marketing isn't RIM's big problem

    Posted March 7, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    I'm not sure why some analysts have chosen to spin the departure of Research in Motion's chief marketing officer on the eve of the company's PlayBook tablet launch as a good thing.
  • Is your company at risk of an IPv6 brain drain?

    Posted March 7, 2011 - 10:55 am

    Timothy Winters, senior manager at the University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Laboratory, gets calls every week from headhunters looking to hire network engineers, network architects and software developers with experience in IPv6, the looming upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol.
  • Consumerization, virtualization to force business plan rewrite

    Posted March 3, 2011 - 11:43 am

    CIOs have a tough year ahead with the consumerization of IT and virtualization set to force IT leaders to rewrite their business plans, four vendors have claimed.
  • Oracle making Java, Solaris certifications pricier

    Posted March 2, 2011 - 6:09 pm

    Later this year, Oracle will begin requiring people interested in gaining Java and Solaris certifications to attend "hands-on" training courses, at an additional cost of thousands of dollars.
  • Developers 'need more mainframe security guidance'

    Posted February 28, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    The majority of software developers do not believe that there is enough guidance for secure application development for both established and new platforms, according to a survey.
  • IT graduates not 'well-trained, ready-to-go'

    Posted February 25, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    There is a disconnect between students getting high tech degrees and what employers are looking for in those graduates.
  • What retailers can teach you about green IT

    Posted February 24, 2011 - 6:35 pm

    Retailers get a payoff from sustainability because it's part of their business strategy. It's the same lesson companies have learned about investing in technology.
  • Cultural barriers stymie IT-led innovation

    Posted February 21, 2011 - 8:42 am

    The IT department won't be able to lead business innovation projects if it has a bad reputation, says CA evangelist Steve Romero.
  • As cloud grows, IT hiring flatlines

    Posted February 18, 2011 - 10:11 am

    Corporate IT departments are increasing their spending on hardware and cloud services, but not on new hiring in this weak economy.
  • Goodbye outsourcing, hello insourcing: A trend rises

    Posted February 17, 2011 - 6:48 pm

    Looking back on the last twelve months, most outsourcing analysts agree that the level of IT services deals sealed has held relatively steady, year-over-year. The total value of outsourcing contracts signed in 2010 was $62.4 billion, according to outsourcing consultancy TPI, a figure that's pretty consistent with their last five years of total contract value data. The number of IT services deals inked in 2010 grew by six percent, according to outsourcing consultancy Everest, noting that eight of them were so-called mega-deals of $1 billion or more. About half of IT service providers polled by outsourcing consultancy EquaTerra reported growth in their business pipeline, despite expectations for a much stronger year-end close. Deal flow was uneven in the fourth quarter, EquaTerra reported, and subject to delays.
  • Hatch wants White House to seek H-1B expansion

    Posted February 17, 2011 - 2:48 pm

    U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) berated the White House on Wednesday for failing to urge expansion of the H-1B program.
  • Asset management lessons from ancient Brits who ate the dead and made drinking cups from skulls

    Posted February 17, 2011 - 11:58 am

    In an era of tight budgets and increasing pressure to maximize ROI, it's nice to find this real-world case study on how to extract value from departing assets. From Reuters:
  • Cheating rampant on cert tests, software compliance

    Posted February 17, 2011 - 11:48 am

    Do most IT workers think it's unethical to study for a certification exam with stolen exam questions (so-called brain dumps)? Is it OK to buy used gear from an unauthorized dealer? How about new gear? What about gear falsely sporting a brand name (fake gear)? And what is the one professional area where IT professionals "cheat" the most?
  • How IT pros cheat on certification exams

    Posted February 17, 2011 - 10:54 am

    Incidents of cheating on IT certifications are on the rise, a trend that experts say is an outward sign of the desperation felt by out-of-work and under-employed IT professionals.
  • AT&T chairman urges open devices, platforms and networks globally

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 10:49 am

    AT&T Chairman Randall Stephenson today prodded carriers, manufacturers and regulators around the globe to create openness and interoperability in mobile devices, platforms and networks in a keynote address at the Mobile World Congress.
  • Microsoft certifications won’t boost your pay much

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 10:29 pm

    Microsoft certifications are dropping in value and provide a smaller pay boost than IT skills related to Cisco, Oracle, EMC, VMware, IBM, SAP, and Red Hat technologies.
  • Stupid small business tech mistakes, and how to prevent them

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 6:02 pm

    If you're not particularly tech-savvy, then purchasing, maintaining, and securing technology for your business can be a confusing situation to navigate. You may already know plenty about what you should do, but what about what you should not do?
  • Q&A: Netezza to focus on workload optimized systems, CEO says

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 12:16 pm

    In this interview, Netezza CEO Jim Baum talks about what the datawarehousing company's acquisition by IBM means for enterprises and about trends that are driving the market and shaping the company's products.
  • How did 'pursue other interests' become a euphemism for firing someone?

    Posted February 11, 2011 - 7:35 pm

    As promised, Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop on Friday announced sweeping changes in the mobile device manufacturer's executive ranks as part of a strategy to reverse the Finnish company's sagging fortunes.
  • Microsoft taps replacement for Muglia to run server division

    Posted February 9, 2011 - 5:24 pm

    Microsoft has chosen a replacement for ousted Server & Tools Business (STB) division head Bob Muglia as the next step in chief executive Steve Ballmer's "let the geeks help me save my job" turnaround plan.
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