Climbing the IT Career Ladder


October 3, 2011  1:48 PM

IT Positions Least Likely to be Eliminated in the Next Decade

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The trick these days is not merely to train for or find a job, any job, but to find a job and career path that’s likely to survive the next 10 years (or more) despite automation, outsourcing, and economic malaise. Many years ago, my late father, a mechanical engineer, said, “In a pushbutton age, learn to design pushbuttons.” At the time, and until his death, he took his own advice and designed switches. What is today’s IT equivalent of pushbutton design when it comes to job stability?
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September 28, 2011  7:00 AM

Deloitte Consulting is Top Employer for IT Workers, Says Vault

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Vault Career Intelligence has released its latest quality rankings for tech consultants — as employers. Deloitte is top of the heap; the place you should apply first if you want to work for a tech consulting shop. Naturally, you’d better be super-qualified. But Vault’s “IT Consulting 25” has another 24 firms listed. These are all well-known biggies, the kind of places everybody and his cat sends a resume. But whatever. It doesn’t cost hardly anything to try, right? Here’s the list: Continued »


September 26, 2011  11:52 AM

Learn From Facebook’s User Interface Mistakes

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If you make either consumer or business software for your living, or plan to go into business making software at any point in your career, you need to pay close attention to Facebook’s recent user interface (UI) changes and how they have confused users in ways that Facebook’s management surely did not expect.
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September 21, 2011  3:56 PM

Should Your Software Testers be Autistic Adults?

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“Traits that make great software testers — intense focus, comfort with repetition, memory for detail — also happen to be characteristics of autism. People with Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism, have normal to high intelligence and often are highly skilled with computers.”
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September 19, 2011  4:11 PM

Simple Programs Ordinary People Want You to Write

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Sometimes, when I need to find a spokesperson with specific topic knowledge, I turn to HelpaReporter.com (HARO). This week, instead of looking for a specific type of spokesperson, I used HARO to ask this question: “My audience is a mix of programmers and sysadmins, and a lot of them enjoy solving problems for people — especially if they can make a few bucks doing it. So what simple program should they write that would make your computing life easier? Inquiring programmers want to know!”
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September 15, 2011  12:11 PM

SugarCRM, vTiger, Joomla or ???

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A recent question on my local Linux Users Group email list was about setting up an online catalog with the least amount of work. His first thought was to use Joomla with an extension or two, but several of his fellow LUG members told him that while Joomla — and even WordPress — might be bent to the task of tracking customer contacts, SugarCRM and vTiger are both designed as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems in the first place, so wouldn’t one of them be better for the task at hand?

Hosting service Siteground has a comparison between Joomla and vTiger. They seem to think that with the exception of a few upgrade problems in the previous version, vTiger is somewhat easier to use than SugarCRM — which is to be expected, since vTiger is a SugarCRM fork whose goal is better usability.
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September 12, 2011  2:15 PM

Prepare for IT Employees’ Departures When You Hire Them, if not Sooner

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Alan Wlasuk, managing partner of 403 Web Security, spent some time last week telling me how to fire or lay off your IT subordinates without creating situations like this embarrassing one the City of San Francisco managed to get itself into. And the basis of his advice was that the time to start preparing security measures for an employee you need to terminate is when you hire them — if not sooner.
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September 9, 2011  12:08 PM

Five Online Career Advice Sites You Can’t Shake a Stick At

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Put down that stick! Stop shaking and start reading! There is more online career advice out there than you can shake it at, anyway. Here are five examples:
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September 6, 2011  11:39 AM

Post-Labor Day Blues: IT Jobs May Be Scarce, but Almost All Other Jobs are Even Scarcer

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I love to read Foote Partners Press Releases. The one I’m looking at now is headlined FOOTE IT NEWS ANALYSIS – Bureau of Labor Statistics US Employment Report – August 2011 — which may be a wordy title, but has a lot of fine, red-meat analysis in its body. I think my title summarizes it pretty well: Post-Labor Day Blues: IT Jobs May Be Scarce, but Almost All Other Jobs are Even Scarcer.
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September 1, 2011  4:08 PM

Is Landing a Healthcare IT Job Hard or Easy?

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My excellent colleague Diann Daniel recently wrote an article titled A Career in Healthcare IT: The Buzz, the Background, the Truth that I could have written myself if she hadn’t beaten me to it. But I think Diann’s article makes it sound like finding a job in Healthcare IT is harder than it really is. So let’s ask: is it really hard to move into Healthcare IT? And if so, how can I make it easier?
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