Stories by Ann Bednarz

Free data science courses from Johns Hopkins, Duke, Stanford

If you've thought about trying to boost your data skills, check out Coursera's catalog of free classes. In particular, Johns Hopkins is about to start a nine-class specialization in data science.

Big data funding spree continues

Venture capital firms continue to funnel big sums of money to big data startups. Hadoop player Cloudera announced $160 million in new financing, and analytics startup Platfora raised $38 million.

In Pictures: The fascinating 50

Get to know 50 of the most interesting people in the world of technology

Who's hiring? Marketing lures more tech pros

The hiring scene is changing for tech pros. Marketing departments are bolstering their technical ranks to help with big data, cloud, SEO, and mobile development initiatives.

Big Data skills pay top dollar

If you're in tech, it pays to be in big data. Nine of the top 10 highest paying IT salaries are for languages, databases and skills related to big data.

In Pictures: 25 Valentine’s Day gifts for geeks at heart

Treat your sweetheart to a Valentine's Day gift with a techie vibe

Big Data startup MemSQL raises US$35 million

MemSQL, a database startup founded by former Facebook engineers, has raised US$35 million in a series B round of venture funding.

12 toughest U.S. cities for tech recruiting

San Francisco isn't the toughest place to hire tech pros these days. The talent crunch is worse in New York City than in the renowned tech stronghold on the West Coast, according to IT staffing specialist Dice.com. Recruiting challenges are also hitting other U.S. cities, including Chicago, Detroit, Boston and Tampa.

In Pictures: 2014 by the numbers - Predictions and projections

Cloud, mobility, Big Data, SDN, wearables -- see what’s in store for 2014

Google boosts patents in 2013 but IBM still dominates

IBM retained its patent crown in 2013, snaring more U.S. patents than any other company for the 21st year in a row. But the big news is Google, which quickened its patent pace and climbed to No. 11 in the rankings.

IT job growth slows

The tech industry is often touted as a bright spot on an otherwise lackluster hiring scene, but one firm's analysis of recent employment data finds it's not as vibrant as it has been.

MIT debuts online Big Data course for tech pros

Want to learn more about Big Data? MIT is taking on the buzzy topic in an online course designed for tech pros. Tackling the Challenges of Big Data runs from March 4 to April 1 and costs $495.

When Boomers say bye-bye

A lousy economy led many Baby Boomers to put off retiring, but companies shouldn't count on such delays to anchor their IT workforce planning initiatives. Now's the time to plan for the retirement of key talent -- and the legacy systems they built -- before those pros leave the workforce.

2014 outlook: Innovation agenda makes shadow IT OK

A rise in operational spending bodes well for hiring, which remains a bright spot in the tech industry. The biggest drivers of IT spending growth are cloud computing, mobility, big data and social networking technologies.

Bah humbug. IT pros expect to work over holiday break

This year, 46% of IT pros will be on-call over the holidays to troubleshoot network, security and application problems, according to net management vendor Ipswitch.

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