Companies are still concerned about the economy, but that hasn’t stopped them from funneling more of their revenue to the IT department, according to the latest survey data from the Society for Information Management (SIM).
Top IT pros have plenty to be thankful for these days: rising budgets, salaries and job tenures among them. But when it comes to IT management and spending priorities, these IT leaders often don't see eye to eye with their organizations.
The startup culture largely rejects the traditional career path, particularly in the tech world. Many entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley launched their startups while still in college, or worked for a startup immediately after college, adopting an entrepreneurial mentality early on that allowed them to bypass the hierarchy and bureaucracy that comes with working for a large company.
Service testing and verification provider Ixia announced Tuesday that it would be purchasing network visibility vendor Net Optics for $190 million. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year.
An apologetic Obama administration has had technical people working around the clock to address problems with its Healthcare.gov website, which has been unable to cope with visitor traffic since launching on Oct. 1. One vendor, Compuware, is also doling out some free insights into what's wrong with the Obamacare site after remotely running some of its own application-performance management (APM) tests.
It pays to be CIO -- millions, in some cases. Take Filippo Passerini. He joined Procter & Gamble in 1981 as a systems analyst in Italy and rose through the techie ranks. Today Passerini is CIO and leads the company's global business services organization -- a dual role that netted him $5 million last year.
Tech companies are hanging on to record amounts of cash when they could be using it to do more acquisitions, repurchase stock, pay down debt, and pay out dividends. Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Apple and Oracle are among the biggest hoarders. Combined, these five tech companies held $245 billion in cash at the end of March.
Former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain famously said "In war, there are no winners. Only losers." The same can be said of intellectual property (IP) lawsuits involving departing employees, since – outside of lawyers and third-party forensic companies who thrive on a robust caseload – these disputes waste too much energy and money accomplishing what reasonably diligent measures could have prevented in the first place.
Computer and network company layoffs so far this year look relatively light vs. those in recent years, when the numbers of those losing their jobs at individual companies frequently rose into the multiple thousands, sometimes hitting five figures.
The summer months can take on different meanings for job seekers. Some people may put their career aspirations on hold as they try to enjoy the longer daylight hours and (hopefully) vacation time. Others might take advantage of the emptier offices and distracted peers to ignite or jumpstart a job search. Either way, summer is not a bad time to spruce up your resume, especially with recent reports sending mostly positive signals about the hiring outlook.
Hortonworks has released a preview distribution of the next generation of Apache Hadoop, one that promises to broaden the scope of the kinds of analysis that can be carried out on the data processing platform.