U.S. Tech Leadership On Solid Ground, IT Pros Say
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Andrew Hornback
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7/12/2012 | 2:37:13 AM
re: U.S. Tech Leadership On Solid Ground, IT Pros Say
Vendors on the steepest decline - RIM (Maybe BB10 will fix that, but I wouldn't bet the ranch on it and I don't see them making a dent in the iOS vs. Android wars), HP (muddled confusion about which direction the company is going in, spending millions to acquire Palm and produce a line of products that it scuttles less than a week after launch)...

As to Apple soaring - is that because the iPad 3 came with the nifty hand warmer function?

And when it comes to STEM education, STEM benefits everyone... and yes, I'll admit that I'm biased when it comes to the topic, having degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science will do that.

Education leads to innovation - innovation leads to prosperity.

Andrew Hornback
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7/9/2012 | 6:13:58 PM
re: U.S. Tech Leadership On Solid Ground, IT Pros Say
Which makes another opinion poll result published by Dell/Intel (Mr. Matt Stansberry) all the more disconcerting, "Technical certifications continue to lose merit with respondents: 55% don't have any certification, versus 46% last year. The number of respondents who say certification doesn't matter in their raise or bonus structure increased from 77% last year to practically 90%." The again, what's the old adage about opinions? Not surprisingly, the basis of the survey (market sector, no. of respondents, etc.) was not specified in the paper. Point is in numbers, it is always important to separate statistical data from opinion data and consider the composition or base of either.
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7/9/2012 | 5:00:01 PM
re: U.S. Tech Leadership On Solid Ground, IT Pros Say
I think that it is normal for a potential employer to have the perspective employee sign a contract, and most contracts contain a portion about intellectual property and how the company owns any ideas you come up with while working there. I would also agree that the group that voted the government should support basic an applied research at the college level. I believe that University research should be supported, simple case and point, the internet. This was a part of Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) or aka ARPANET; this was the communication between 4 different universities, Stanford, UCLA, USCB, and University of Colorado. Just a quick example of technology that the Government supported and was successful with great results.
The IT field is highly competitive and if you are not willing to keep up with the current trends than you will become a dinosaur in the IT field. It is a large part of the IT professional to keep up to date with technology regardless of whether or not their country is a global IT leader.
Not surprising that we are number one in the social networking category!
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