Stories by Ann Bednarz

IN PICTURES: 25 Valentine’s Day gifts for geek gals (and guys)

Geeks at heart, these 25 Valentine’s Day gifts are for you and yours.

Google surges into top 10 in patent race; IBM retains huge lead

Tech companies made a strong showing among the top U.S. patent recipients for 2014, with IBM dominating the rankings as it has for more than two decades.

Recruiting challenges spur higher salaries, better perks

Skilled job seekers are in an enviable position in the simmering tech industry, as hiring managers compete for talent, boost job offers, and improve on-the-job perks to keep existing employees from looking elsewhere.

15 job titles getting big salary boosts in 2015

Competition for technical talent is on the rise and so are salaries.

Holiday blues: 49% of network managers, sysadmins expect to work the holidays

Will you be stuck working or on-call as 2014 comes to a close? If so, you're not alone.

Google tops Glassdoor's best places to work; F5 outranks Facebook, Qualcomm, Apple

Google is No. 1 among employees, according to Glassdoor's seventh annual Employees' Choice Awards.

How to get the most out of your IT talent

As the spotlight on cost reduction has dimmed, IT has picked up plenty of new directives: to deliver business agility, drive innovation, and increase its value to the business, to name a few. Yet at the same time, IT remains responsible for all the tactical and operational activities it has always performed, such as keeping systems running, delivering new capabilities, and securing intellectual property and corporate data.

Air Force veteran to IT: ‘Live your dreams'

Retired Air Force Major Brian Shul isn't an IT expert, but his story of survival and recovery captivated the IT audience at a national management conference.

Apple admins convene in The Mini Apple

At JAMF Software's annual user conference, the venue and the attendees made an impression on me. The venue was the Guthrie Theater, a striking building in downtown Minneapolis on the banks of the Mississippi River. The attendees (1,300 people registered for the event) were Apple admins and users of JAMF's software for managing Apple devices in corporations, schools and government agencies.

Life as an IT contractor

The upside of life as an IT contractor is alluring. You get to be your own boss, accept only the jobs you want, and work flexible hours. With each assignment comes the opportunity to learn new skills and gain exposure to different environments.

In Pictures: How giant companies see the Cloud

16 large enterprises talk about their use of the Cloud, their plans, challenges they've run into and how they're approaching the skills issues.

What giant companies WON'T put in the Cloud

In our interviews with CIOs at large enterprises, we found that adoption levels vary from simple experimentation to heavy use of Cloud apps and infrastructure in public and private settings.

CIOs adopt down-to-earth Cloud strategy

CIOs are taking a pragmatic approach to Cloud computing, selectively launching SaaS applications and shifting infrastructure resources to IaaS platforms while building their own private Clouds.

Security tops CIO worries; IT budgets, turnover on the rise

CIOs are spending more on IT, worrying most about security and privacy, and staying on the job a little longer, according to the latest data from the Society for Information Management (SIM).

Job solicitations multiply for tech talent

Most happily employed IT pros would consider a new job opportunity -- and there are plenty more to consider these days as recruiters struggle to fill in-demand positions.