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Time for a High-Tech Union?

When the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers opened its doors five years ago and started talking to high-tech professionals to gauge their interest in joining a union, many treated it as a joke. Now, with offshore outsourcing taking off and repercussions from years of layoffs hitting home, no ...

IBM To Hire 15,000 People in 2004

Signaling that 2004 likely will be a year of solid growth for the technology industry, IBM has raised its hiring forecast, saying it plans to hire 15,000 new employees in the coming year. The new outlook represents a 50 percent increase in the amount of hiring Big Blue envisions. IBM has said it exp...

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CTO Wish List for 2004

With the makings of an economic recovery on the horizon, IT budgets are beginning to grow again, and CTOs finally may be able to translate their mental wish lists into tangible purchases. However, the lessons of the downturn are still fresh in most people's minds, so CTOs likely will keep a tight re...

Google Eyes India R&D Facility for 2004

Seeking to retain its edge in the fiercely competitive search engine world by expanding its pool of engineering talent, Google has said it plans to open an R&D facility in India next year. The company has settled on Bangalore, a city often referred to as India's Silicon Valley, as the location f...

Google Eyes India R&D Facility for 2004

Seeking to retain its edge in the fiercely competitive search engine world by expanding its pool of engineering talent, Google has said it plans to open an R&D facility in India next year. The company has settled on Bangalore, a city often referred to as India's Silicon Valley, as the location f...

Google Eyes India R&D Facility for 2004

Seeking to retain its edge in the fiercely competitive search engine world by expanding its pool of engineering talent, Google has said it plans to open an R&D facility in India next year. The company has settled on Bangalore, a city often referred to as India's Silicon Valley, as the location f...

Struggling AOL Slashes Jobs To Streamline Ops

As part of an ongoing effort to trim costs, America Online has laid off 350 workers in its California offices and has offered another 100 the choice to relocate to the East Coast or be fired. AOL said most of the affected employees work in software creation for the core online service product in sho...

IT Careers That Will Bounce Back

Over the last several months the U.S. economy has shown signs of improvement. John Challenger, CEO of outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, told the E-Commerce Times that there has been a 50 percent drop in high tech job cuts from last year. However, the IT job terrain has c...

Buoyed by Upturn, IBM Could Add 10,000 Jobs

Saying it is seeing the most concrete signs to date that an economic recovery is taking hold, IBM has indicated it could reverse more than two years of layoffs by adding as many as 10,000 jobs in 2004. In addition to hiring new workers, Big Blue plans to invest $200 million to train existing workers...

Ground Control to Dot-Com Workers

While this bottom-line focus may seem like a return to normalcy for those who entered the workforce before the dot-com boom, twentysomethings who first entered the professional employment arena during those halcyon days have come crashing brutally to Earth. Perhaps for the first time, they are encou...

Soul of the New IT Department

There was a time, not so long ago, when the IT department was like an island unto itself. The CIO may have had to venture into the boardroom and chat with "the suits," but many IT staff were high-tech gurus who did not need to care about the bottom line, refined communication skills or managing empl...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

When Employees Are the Enemy – Security from the Inside

"Inside jobs" have become all too commonplace in today's corporations -- but clamping down too fiercely on employee data access can wreak havoc with morale and put extra strain on already overworked IT staff. Overzealous security efforts also can reduce efficiency and increase the number of help des...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

Probing the IT Skills Shortage

Many companies have scaled back staffing levels and instituted mandatory hiring freezes in the past few years. Even so -- and somewhat surprisingly, considering the number of IT specialists out of work -- there is sometimes a shortage of qualified candidates to fill the gaps, even when money is budg...

Merger Mania Could End High-Tech Layoff Respite

The number of high-tech job cuts fell sharply during the first six months of 2003, plunging 60 percent below 2002 levels, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. However, CEO John A. Challenger told the E-Commerce Times, "This may be something of the calm before the storm." ...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

Low-Cost High-Tech Blueprints for Small Biz

To a small-business owner, choosing technology can be daunting. On one hand, the latest gadgets can glitter like a well-stocked toy store, with vendors promising to put a company on the cutting edge. On the other, budget constraints mean purchases must pay for themselves in the long run. So, what is...

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