Stories by Fred O'Connor

Employers use customized bonus plans to attract developers, survey says

Software developers may find more employers using customized bonuses to attract and retain them as the job market for their skills stays competitive, according to a salary survey from IT job site Dice.

Advice for college students seeking a tech career: Turn to internships

When Katie Smith interned with Capital One, she expected to spend the summer fetching beverages for her manager -- instead, she started on a career path that led to a full-time IT job at the banking and financial services company.

A new approach in luring top tech talent: a streamlined hiring process

Free snacks and on-site video games may help companies attract skilled IT workers, but speeding up the hiring cycle is also important. Drawn-out employee searches frustrate IT managers and prompt good candidates to accept jobs elsewhere.

IoT, cloud computing, nation-state threats redefining enterprise security, panelists say

A printer that connects to the Web may pose as great a risk to enterprise security as an OS vulnerability, but yet companies worry about the latter and too often ignore the former, said a CTO during a discussion at MIT.

Dassault's virtual heart gives cardiologists individualized 3D models

The 3D imaging software that helps Airbus to design planes and Advanced Micro Devices to test processor designs may also aid cardiologists in treating heart disease and reducing health care costs.

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For entry-level tech jobs, hiring managers care about passion for IT more than a diploma

Class of 2014 college graduates looking for their first IT jobs take note: your passion for and experience with technology may prove more helpful in your employment search than your diplomas.

Baby boomers embrace technology as much as younger users

Baby boomers adopt tablets, wearable devices and other technologies just as energetically as younger users, according to participants at the Booming Tech forum, which focused on technology use of that generation.

Wearable devices with health IT functions poised to disrupt medicine

The next innovation in health care may come from Silicon Valley.

Linux Foundation to offer introductory Linux MOOC on edX

The Linux Foundation will offer a Linux development course on edX, the massive open online course (MOOC) platform developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The move is part of an edX effort, announced Thursday, to expand its course offerings to include content from nonacademic institutions. All edX content previously came from the nonprofit's 32 member schools, which include the University of California, Berkeley; Dartmouth College and McGill University.

Hiring managers advise job seekers to contribute to open-source projects

Contributing to open-source projects can give software developers an edge over other applicants in the competitive IT job market, say hiring professionals.

Survey: Tech workers seek larger salaries in 2014

Employers may need to open up their wallets to retain their IT staffers in 2014, according to a salary survey from IT career website Dice.com.

EdX enrollment data shows online learners are more browsers than finishers

Online course participants are more likely to browse lesson material than stick around to earn a completion certificate, according to a report examining enrollment and usage data from edX, an online learning platform jointly launched by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the fall of 2012.

Hot IT job skills in 2014: Mobile, web development and big data

Expertise in Web development, mobile development and large-scale data analysis will be much sought-after by IT hiring managers this year.

Employers receptive to hiring IT job candidates with MOOC educations

Tyler Kresch isn't turning to graduate school to help him change his job from tech sales to running a startup; instead he's taking massive open online courses (MOOCs) to learn the IT skills necessary for that career move.

Panel: Hospitals are just starting to build health IT foundations

Health care providers are just beginning to figure out how big data, mobile platforms and integrated software can deliver better care at lower costs, according to speakers at The Economist's Health Care Forum in Boston.