Stories by Fred O'Connor

SAP talks up Hana but small companies slow to sign on

Small and medium-sized businesses looking to grow need to leverage big data, cloud computing and mobility, and SAP says that its Hana platform can help them on those fronts.

Tidemark software adds predictive analytics to help CFOs use big data in forecasting, budgeting

Tidemark is adding predictive analytics functions to its cloud-based financial planning and analysis software to help companies include unstructured big data sources, like social media messages and sensor information, into forecasting and budgeting decisions.

Companies use urban office locations to attract IT talent

To attract workers in the competitive technology job market, remote connectivity service provider LogMeIn decided that a change of address was needed.

Oracle licensing practices lead to mistrust among customers, says survey

Oracle's licensing practices have created a "hostile" relationship "filled with deep rooted mistrust" between the vendor and its customers, according to a survey that looked at users' business interactions with the company.

Workday's updated mobile app takes design cues from iOS, Android

The minimalist look of flat design has been incorporated into Workday's refreshed mobile app for the company's cloud-based HCM (human capital management) and financial software.

For big raises in IT, look to mobile, security, big data

IT salaries will remain mostly stagnant in 2015, except for workers with highly coveted skill sets, according to a report tracking IT salaries and skills demand in the coming years.

Government regulation on cloud security may spur SaaS use in health care

Governments may need to tighten the regulatory screws on SaaS vendors to make them be more transparent and forthcoming about their security practices.

Software developer shortage transcends international boundaries

The dearth of software development talent isn't an issue restricted to U.S. businesses. Finding programmers, especially to fill positions in the growing field of health IT, is a global challenge, said speakers Tuesday during a panel discussion on developing a health IT workforce.

Post recession, tech workers prefer working at midsize companies, survey finds

Working for a startup may have lost its appeal to IT professionals who, after weathering the recent recession, are more interested in positions at medium-sized companies that offer a startup's innovative environment and a large company's stability.

Growing startup scene, employer loyalty lure tech talent to Midwest companies

When Abby Cohen and Andrew Brimer decided to locate their health IT startup, Sparo Labs, in St. Louis, neither one considered a Midwest location as a challenge to attracting top technology workers.

As health care digitizes, consumer technologies will have greatest impact, says panel

The health care industry has long been a laggard in adopting technology, but that will soon change as the challenge of aligning doctors, insurance companies and patients is figured out.

NFL collaboration software looks for a win with businesses

A collaboration platform that was initially developed to help professional sports teams share video on tablets is now trying to score with businesses.

Texas, Florida, North Carolina lead IT job growth in first half of 2014, study finds

U.S. technology professionals searching for jobs may want to look in states not normally considered IT hot spots.

Flexibility, asking questions key for recent college graduates looking to advance in IT

When Cathy Lee started working at New York startup Faith Street last year, she quickly learned a lesson that could benefit other recent college graduates who want to advance their IT careers -- soft skills like being flexible, taking on new tasks and asking questions matter a lot.

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.