Career advice for IT professionals, including job search tips, interview techniques, project management, IT-business alignment, outsourcing, and vendor management.
  • U.S. students shun computer sciences

    Posted March 30, 2004 - 10:07 pm

    Partly to blame are worries over outsourcing IT skills.The problem is serious enough to have attracted the attention of Bill Gates who recently toured major university campuses to give pep talks.

  • Study: Offshore outsourcing helps U.S. economy

    Posted March 30, 2004 - 1:46 pm

    The outsourcing of U.S. IT jobs to foreign workers is good for the U.S. economy and will result in the creation of twice as many jobs as are displaced, according to a study released Tuesday by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA).
  • IDC: Networking tops list of IT skills

    Posted March 25, 2004 - 10:05 am

    On behalf of the Software Human Research Council (SHRC), IDC Canada Ltd. polled 414 senior IT professionals from across Canada in Q4 2003 regarding the IT skills their organizations needed most. There was a resounding answer - networking.
  • IT workers - unhappy campers?

    Posted March 24, 2004 - 9:29 pm

    Practical. Hands on. Helping others. Those are the adjectives that seem to ring true for people who are happiest in their jobs. According to research by City & Guilds, it's a misconception that white-collar professionals have the best jobs and are therefore the happiest. Often, people in vocational careers are the most content and fulfilled.
  • Survey: 275,000 telecom jobs to go offshore by 2008

    Posted March 24, 2004 - 2:25 pm

    Telecommunications operators will be the next group to benefit from the cost savings and enhanced services made possible by moving operations overseas, according to a new survey conducted by Deloitte Research.
  • Outsourcing means job creation is a must, Powell says

    Posted March 17, 2004 - 9:43 am

    While outsourcing is a reality of the 21st century and inevitable, the U.S. must create jobs to replace those being lost, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday in Delhi.
  • IBM denies report it will hire 2,200 in Calcutta

    Posted March 12, 2004 - 11:43 am

    IBM Corp., sensitive to allegations that it is moving U.S. jobs overseas to cut costs, described as "grossly exaggerated" a report that it plans to recruit thousands of staff in the Indian city of Calcutta.
  • Project management in the trenches

    Posted March 10, 2004 - 3:57 pm

    "A core part of the job of project manager is coming up with inventive ways to get out of incredibly constrained situations by an escape route that worked before," says Alistair Cockburn, author of two project management books.
  • People skills pay off

    Posted March 10, 2004 - 3:48 pm

    "The project manager is that individual who the CIO beats up on, the business manager beats up on and the team beats up on. What I learned in the trenches is to manage all of those respective relationships. You have to go in with a thick skin." John Reaves, senior IT project manager, Wachovia Corp., Charlotte, N.C.
  • Some certifications are hot, some not

    Posted March 10, 2004 - 3:37 pm

    According to a recent study, the value of some skills certifications can add almost 25% to an individual's base salary. The hottest areas in skills certification now are the Project Management Professional certification from Project Management Institute, the Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator credential for managing Citrix Servers and the Linux Professional Institute's certifications.
  • Cautious growth

    Posted March 9, 2004 - 1:02 pm

    If you believe what you read, IT hiring is slowly increasing. So what skills are employers looking for at the moment? Security, Web services, Linux and business skills. This article includes a chart on "Sought-out specialties" - which highlights results from a survey of 1,400 CIOs by Robert Half Technology on the most critical skills.
  • Training on a shoestring budget

    Posted March 9, 2004 - 12:56 pm

    IT executives share how they're training their teams without breaking their budgets.
  • Offshoring debate continues amid backlash

    Posted March 9, 2004 - 12:52 pm

    The outsourcing trend hasn't slowed despite the political and emotional backlash, but the unrest is taking its toll. Conferences, such as Outsourcing Strategies 2004, has become a mix of pep talks and gripe sessions, with fewer users willing to apper on conference panels.
  • Stay just a little bit longer

    Posted March 9, 2004 - 12:32 pm

    There's a pool of workers who are ready, willing and able to fill the gaps in IT that will be left by retiring baby boomers. Tamara Erickson and Bob Morison of The Concours Group, a consulting and research firm in Kingwood, Texas, explain how utilizing this resource will change the way we view work and how it will resolve the looming problem.
  • A 'new protectionism' for programmers and others

    Posted March 9, 2004 - 12:24 pm

    Based on information in his new book, Mind Over Technology: Coming Out on Top as a Wired World Starts to Run on Automatic, Richard W. Samson looks at how protectionism that will safeguard the three P's: people, productivity and planet.
  • IBM's Palmisano given $5.4 million bonus for 2003

    Posted March 9, 2004 - 10:03 am

    Samuel Palmisano was paid a US$5.4 million bonus for leading IBM Corp. in 2003, making his total compensation for the year $6.95 million, the company said in a regulatory filing this week.
  • How to hire great open source developers?

    Posted March 4, 2004 - 5:28 pm

    Many hiring managers would like to snap up the best talent in the open source community, but they find the landscape there a bit strange and aren't sure how to pick out the most suitable candidates. In this Slashdot discussion, community members debate the best way for such managers to proceed.
  • U.S. politicians to take a swipe at offshoring

    Posted March 4, 2004 - 10:19 am

    Over 50 congressmen will shortly introduce a bill into Congress designed to bar U.S. companies from receiving government financial aid if they do not protect local jobs to the same extent as they protect jobs which they provide outside the U.S.
  • Boost your chances of getting a raise

    Posted March 3, 2004 - 12:37 pm

    "Work with management on agreed-upon measures and get a commitment that if certain goals are met, a raise is received," says Laurie Levenson, president of DirectAccess Technology Staffing Inc. in Carlsbad, Calif. "That's a much more effective way to get a raise than to take a salary survey in there and demand it."
  • Down, not out

    Posted March 3, 2004 - 12:32 pm

    Computerworld's 17th annual salary survey reveals some disturbing and uplifting aspects of the current IT labor market. Here's a brief overview of the findings, but be sure to check out the supporting articles.
  • Salary charts and data points

    Posted March 3, 2004 - 12:27 pm

    Get access to salary, bonus and total compensation information for various levels of IT job titles. Regional, industry and company revenue comparisons are also available.
  • Interactive Smart Salary tool

    Posted March 3, 2004 - 12:24 pm

    Compare your salary to results in Computerworld's Smart Salary Tool. Results are compared to nearly 15,000 IT professionals input.
  • Salary squeeze

    Posted March 3, 2004 - 12:20 pm

    Heavier workloads and longer hours. Modest pay raises and flat or declining bonuses. These are the trends revealed in Computerworld's 17 annual salary survey. See details about IT compensation based on input from nearly 15,000 IT professionals.
  • 2003 IT salary survey

    Posted March 3, 2004 - 12:12 pm

    Computerworld's 17th Annual Salary Survey covers how economic pressures have affected IT compensation and compares salary information across over 50 titles. Information by region, company size and industry comparisons is available. Results are based on nearly 15,000 IT professionals.
  • Gateway plans additional layoffs in 2004

    Posted March 3, 2004 - 9:50 am

    Gateway Inc. plans to cut approximately 1,000 employees from its workforce over the next few months, said Chief Financial Officer Rod Sherwood during a Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. conference in California Monday.
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