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The Application Debate: Native vs. HTML5

For web designers, a recent debate has emerged over the best way to design mobile applications. Some argue for native deployments while others recommend writing a mobile Web application. Of course, designing an application does not need to be an either/or choice. Many web developers use hybrid applications that mix both native and Web or […]

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Business Skills a Requirement for IT Professionals

IT Professionals not only need practical technology skills to succeed in the profession, but also need business knowledge, according to a new report by zdnet.com. An interview with Michael Harte, the CIO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, highlights the importance of inquisitiveness, innovation, and a drive for value. More industries are looking for IT […]

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IT Professionals on Securing Personal Data

October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month—an national effort to promote protecting our digital lives.  According to StaySafeOnline.org, “Tens of thousands of NCSAM participants across the country will be doing their part by posting safety and security tips on social networks, educating their customers and employees, engaging in traditional media, displaying posters, posting tips, holding […]

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Cloud Computing: Low Confidence Among IT Professionals

Cloud Computing: Low Confidence Among IT Professionals Since I reported last week (briefly) on cloud computing, the cloud computing has been all over the news. Professionals and commentators alike dispute the significance of the cloud model, as well as data security issues. CRN’s Jack McCarthy found that many professionals believe cloud software is still developing […]

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New IT Technologies Roundup: October 2012

Devolution Rolls Out Updated Remote Desktop Manager Canadian company, Devolutions, has released its fourth major update this year for their Remote Desktop Manager that allows IT professions to manage remote connections and virtual machines. For added security, managers can control passwords and credentials from any location. Key improvements include stronger usability, functionality, and performance, client-side […]

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IT and Software Companies Among the Most Actively Recruiting

With the start of the autumn season—and the end of summer vacation—more companies will seek to fill positions in the upcoming months.  And CareerBuilder.com lists companies from both IT and Software industries as two of its top fifteen companies hiring this month. Many job seekers will look to revamp their job materials and employers may […]

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Job Prospects For IT Professionals

Several sources, including the Washington Business Journal, reported in April that IT job growth reached a new high, growing by 15,000 jobs in the month of February alone. Since then, overall job growth has remained steady, but fairly slow in the US. Despite the recent job report indicating a sluggish hiring month in August, there […]

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IT Recruiters Value Soft Skills More than Ever

Professionals are looking for individuals who are not only academically or professionally trained, but are also equipped with IT “soft skills”—the general skills needed to be a successful employee. Mark Shacklett of TechRepublic says “…human interaction and soft skills areas are as much in demand in IT as they were ten years ago. It is […]

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When to Use a Career Counselor

Job searches can be frustrating. You have sought and heeded the advice of job placement professionals by cleaning up your resume, joining social media, combing internet job databases, contacted a recruiter and polished up your interview skills, but still have yet to find a position. At this point, it may be time to turn to […]

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Resumes and Covers Letters Must be Error Free

Details Matter: The Importance of Proofreading Business Documents In the business world, details matter. From work attire to resumes and interoffice memos, making a mistake could harm your reputation.  Take a study by Larry Beason, PhD that reports on how business people react to error in written documents.  Beason’s study of fourteen business people revealed […]

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