Ann Bednarz

Assistant Managing Editor, Features

I write feature stories aimed at enterprise IT pros. I’m particularly interested in career-related subjects, such as hiring trends, salary data, in-demand skills and staffing strategies. I can’t resist stories about buildings and architectural design.

Cooler than cubicles: 18 new designs for the office

Google surges into top 10 in patent race; IBM retains huge lead

Google surges into top 10 in patent race; IBM retains huge lead

IBM ranks first in the U.S. patent race, as it has for 22 years, while Google climbs to No. 8 and Apple lands at No. 11.

Recruiting challenges spur higher salaries, better perks

Recruiting challenges spur higher salaries, better perks

Climbing salaries, more voluntary departures, and flexible work options are signs of a challenging IT hiring environment that favors job seekers.

15 job titles getting big salary boosts in 2015

15 job titles getting big salary boosts in 2015

The average starting salary for new IT hires is expected to climb 5.7% in 2015, according to Robert Half Technology. Here are 15 positions with the biggest raise potential.

Holiday blues: 49% of network managers, sysadmins expect to work the holidays

Holiday blues: 49% of network managers, sysadmins expect to work the holidays

Nearly half of IT pros will be working or on-call over the holidays to troubleshoot network, security and app problems, according to net management vendor Ipswitch.

Google tops Glassdoor’s best places to work; F5 outranks Facebook, Qualcomm, Apple

Google tops Glassdoor’s best places to work; F5 outranks Facebook, Qualcomm, Apple

Bain & Company, Nestle Purina PetCare, F5 Networks, and Boston Consulting Group rounded out the top five in Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in 2015.

Former Marine fights to connect veterans with IT jobs

Former Marine fights to connect veterans with IT jobs

One consulting firm's hiring program aims to place U.S. military veterans in IT engagements.

Wanted for hire: Engineers with ideas of their own

Wanted for hire: Engineers with ideas of their own

Cambridge Consultants depends on the creativity of its engineers to solve problems for its clients.

How one firm makes beer and basketball better

How one firm makes beer and basketball better

Recent projects include a dispenser for customizing beer, basketball-training app, and portable immunization checker.

How to get the most out of your IT talent

How to get the most out of your IT talent

Tech pros talk about how to cultivate creativity and focus talent on projects that increase the value of IT.

14 go-to tools for Mac sysadmins

14 go-to tools for Mac sysadmins

Mac pro Gerard Allen shares his must-have sysadmin tools for enterprise Apple deployments.

IT modernization project makes the grade at North Carolina colleges

IT modernization project makes the grade at North Carolina colleges

Fourteen community colleges (and counting) have replaced slow, aged infrastructure with power- and space-saving alternatives.

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