Profile of Marianne Kolbasuk McGeeSenior Writer, InformationWeek
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Marianne Kolbasuk McGee is a former editor for InformationWeek.
Articles by Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
posted in September 2008
Feel that? It's the economy quaking. With the House rejecting the $700 billion bailout bill, stocks seesawing, and loads of uncertainty looming, it's possible you'll have more candidates than you ever imagined applying for jobs at your company. Are you ready to handle that?
People tend to think of lower-cost IT services -- and not "innovation" -- when Indian outsourcer Wipro Technologies' name is mentioned. So, it may come as a surprise that $1 billion, or about a quarter of Wipro's revenue last year, was generated through R&D services -- including designing semiconductors, automobile parts, and a variety of electronic devices. Looking ahead, Wipro says those R&D services will become an even bigger chunk of the company's business.
A scarcity of experienced talent combined with the growing popularity of SAP's NetWeaver platform and other products has helped pump up pay considerably for SAP-related skills in recent months, according to a new report.
The good news is that tech spending will be better than expected this year. The bad news is that next year things will be worse, said Forrester Research.
Teaching is a pretty popular second act for people changing professions. The pay, of course, isn't the draw, but rather it's often the altruistic nature of teaching that's appealing to people leaving careers in other industries. Know any techies who've made the move into the education sector? What about you?
Time for a change? If you're a CIO, it's always time for change. Whether it's the more optimistic, positive sort of change (i.e., growing the business) or the less pleasant (heck, painful) kind of change, like cutting costs, you'd better be ready.
It's been a long-running complaint that there aren't enough young people entering the IT field. But judging by the laundry list of experience and skills some employers demand from IT job candidates, you have to wonder if young people just starting out their careers even have a shot at being hired.
Other top worries include IT talent-related issues such as "building business skills in IT," according to a Society for Information Management report.
Health Care Service hopes patients will have better outcomes and its costs will be reduced with its purchase of disease management software maker MEDecision.
What do IT staff, mechanics, and laborers all have in common? They're among the 10 hardest job titles to fill nationally this year, according to a new study.