Cyber Monday snapshot: Sales up 20% as of midday ET

Looks like last year's Cyber Monday sales record might get broken. Online sales as of noon ET were up 20% compared to last year, says IBM, which has been tracking online holiday shopping.IBM says it expects most shopping will come...

Heavy online shopping took a toll on website performance

U.S. consumers shopped big on Thanksgiving and the day after the holiday, but many retailers' websites couldn't keep up with the heavy loads.HOLIDAY PREP: Geekiest holiday cardsOn the positive side, online shopping sales jumped 39.3%...

Mobile shoppers help drive online sales surge on Thanksgiving

What did U.S. consumers do in between servings of turkey, stuffing and pie? Surfed the web and shopped big. Online retail sales jumped 39.3% on Thanksgiving, compared to last year's single-day holiday total.The online shopping feast...

Shopping at work? More CIOs say it’s not allowed

As scores of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping deals start piling up, do you know what your end users are up to? Are you being asked to curb your fellow workers' online shopping activities? If so, you're not alone. More...

7 hot jobs for 2012

Mobile applications developers, data warehouse analysts, and user experience designers are among the IT pros that tech recruiters say will be in strong demand in 2012.Specifically, Robert Half Technology identified seven jobs with a...

IT job listings plateau

Compared to a year ago, the IT job market looks healthy. As of November 1, Dice.com listed 81,680 available tech jobs, up 12% from 72,673 jobs in November 2010. But a look at Dice's stats from the last five months shows that growth...

Chrome gains market share as IE drops nearly 2 percentage points

It won't be long before Microsoft's share of the desktop browser market dips below 50%, if Internet Explorer continues to lose usage share at its current clip.In the month of October, IE lost nearly two percentage points, falling to...

How to prevent IT talent-poaching

One concern keeping IT execs awake at night is fear of talent poaching. Among 1,400 CIOs polled in the spring by Robert Half Technology, 34% said they're concerned about losing top IT performers to other job opportunities. In the...

Want a raise? 11 IT jobs set for 6%-9% pay hikes in 2012

Mobility, data overload, security threats and collaboration demands are creating opportunities for enterprise IT pros with skills in these areas to command more pay, according to new data from Robert Half Technology.For instance,...

Misunderstood toilet bike runs on biogas, not human waste

A three-wheeled motorbike that runs on the rider's feces? It sounded much too unsanitary to be true. Sure enough, the Toilet Bike Neo isn't powered by waste generated by its rider. It's an operational bike, though, and it's being...

Graduate schools report decline in full-time MBA applications

Returning to graduate school to earn a master's of business administration (MBA) is no easy decision for IT pros.Staffing experts say technical experience combined with knowledge of corporate finance is an appealing package,...

How CIOs spend their time

CIOs today spend a lot more time managing relationships than diving into technical work. In fact, non-technical work consumes 77% of CIOs' time, according to new survey data from the Society for Information Management (SIM).SIM...

5 ways for IT pros to become indispensable

Tech is faring better than most industries on the jobs front. Unemployment is hovering around 4% compared to a national unemployment average of about 9% across all industries. Nonetheless, job security still feels elusive for many.I...

Telework controversy: Are 17% of teleworkers unabashed slackers?

A recent report claims that 17% of telecommuters work less than one hour a day. That's bogus, say telework advocates who are taking to web sites, blogs and other social media to refute the findings.The source of the controversy is...

How much do women CIOs make?

A handful of women CIOs cropped up when I started digging through proxy statements to find out how much senior IT executives at Fortune 500 companies are being paid.It's a limited study -- more like a glimpse of what pay is like for...

Living in your parents’ basement? So are lots more young adults

More young adults are taking up residence in their parents' house after completing school, thanks to a lack of jobs and a lousy economy. It's a trend many people would have suspected, and now the U.S. Census Bureau has numbers to...

Consumer devices create security, management headaches for IT

It seems the debate about whether or not employees will be allowed to use personal devices for work purposes is over; the practice is already rampant, according to new research. In a survey of 741 IT professionals, 87% said the...

Who’s made a buck developing a mobile app?

If you're an IT pro with solid mobile skills, job openings are plentiful. But what if you're not? Turns out at least a few part-time mobile developers and hobbyists are making a buck off their mobile apps -- though just how much...

IT employment inches upward in services segments

When the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly employment figures last week, there was little to cheer about. The number of unemployed persons (14 million) was essentially unchanged in August, and the unemployment rate...

IM, SharePoint tools will edge out email, CIOs say

Email's popularity is waning, and within five years it could be eclipsed by other communication tools favored by employees, new research suggests.Robert Half Technology polled 1,400 CIOs and asked if they think real-time workplace...

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