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IT personnel have been referred to as many things: some see the role of IT staff as everything from heroes and essential partners, to %^&**!@#!! villains. But how about a Pit Bull or a Chichuahua? Is there a German Shepherd lurking inside that SOA developer? If you take a look at some of the most dramatic canine personalities, you might find some interesting similarities between network engineers, software developers and man's best friend. If you're in technology, read on to determine which IT breed you might be. Which Breed of IT Are You? Pit Bull. Official name is the American Staffordshire Terrier. And as well all know, this dog is known for its powerful bite. Once he gets his teeth into something, you can't get him off. Is this your style? A tenacious IT technician? Do you hunt down the cause for an outage or security breach no matter how long it takes? If you ... (more)

Cisco Announces Workforce Retraining Initiative

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) launched a new Workforce Retraining Initiative (WRI) and pilot training program in Michigan that President Barack Obama lauded in a speech at the Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan. WRI, built on the Cisco® Networking Academy®, is designed to create new job opportunities for U.S. workers and support the country's ability to innovate, compete and prosper. Key Facts/Highlights Cisco is partnering with community colleges, universities, health care leaders, workforce development leaders, the medical community, and certification associations to implement WRI. WRI is tapping into the Cisco Networking Academy, which has an extensive track record of providing high-quality education in support of technology-based jobs. The program currently enrolls 128,000 students in the U.S. The WRI in Michigan will focus on broadband, network security and he... (more)

Unique Home Exercise Options and Videos for Career and Work at Home Moms

As a Career-at-Home-Mom (albeit now with a lot of extra "work" time, now the kids are out of my hair and safely back in school!), the balance between work, family and healthy self-maintenance typically doesn't favor the latter. The pile of plates and cups around my computer attests to that, and what used to be on those plates didn't necessarily reflect "nature's bounty". However, it's utterly essential to maintain some movement, exercise on a routine basis, especially for WAHMs and CAHMs. Here's something totally up our alley - . This is a DC-area based business started recently that promotes home exercise techniques, videos and community targeted at Moms, Women and stay-at-home parents...and it's especially helpful for those of us returning to career work at home (typically a very sedentary activity, working mostly on the computer, phone, blackberr... (more)

Business Technology Centers of Excellence - Investing in Your Future

Now is the time to invest.  As organizations enter the planning stages for their key 2012 initiatives, it is time to invest in the ingenuity that enables companies to continuously strive for the ever-elusive competitive edge.  It is time to invest in innovative processes and insight that creates lasting business value for customers and shareholders.  It is time to invest in the advanced technology that provides the foundation and tools for the people and processes to meet their true potential.  This means investing in the organizational construct known as a business technology Center of Excellence (CoE). The general concept of a business technology CoE has occasionally been incorporated into everything from a skunkworks-oriented IT research & development team to a full-fledged enterprise architecture organization.  Corporate enterprise IT R&D teams are typically as... (more)

Registration Now Open For Fourth Annual (ISC)²® Security Congress

(ISC)² and ASIS Bring Together Renowned Speakers and Career Development Opportunities in the World's Most Comprehensive Security Event in Atlanta in 2014 London, UK, March 19, 2014 - (ISC)²® ("ISC-squared"), the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals with nearly 100,000 members worldwide, today announced delegates can now register for its fourth annual Security Congress, to be held September 29 - October 2, 2014 in Atlanta, Ga., U.S.A. at the Georgia World Congress Center. The fourth annual (ISC)² Security Congress will be colocated with the ASIS International 2014 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2014), providing opportunities for security professionals from many disciplines to network and collaborate while learning about new security technologies and keeping up with the latest indu... (more)

IEEE ranks R #9 amongst all languages

IEEE — the world's largest professional association for the language of technology — recently published its ranking of the popularity of programming languages. The R language comes in at number 9 in the list. The ranking is based on 12 weighted factors, including Google search rankings and trends, social media chatter, aggregator posts (Reddit and Hacker news), social programming activity (GitHub and StackOverflow), job opportunities (Career Builder and Dice) and academic citations. Looking at other statisics/analytics languages, Matlab was ranked #10 and SAS at #32. Python, a general-purpose language with some analytics capabilities, ranked #4. You can explore the rankings, or even create your own rankings using factor weightings different from those used by the IEEE, at the link below. IEEE Spectrum: Interactive: The Top Programming Languages ... (more)

'A Car Is Born' Charity Premiere, Hosted By UGS and Blue Sky Productions, Raises $30,000 for Focus: HOPE

DETROIT, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the charity premiere of "A Car is Born" on Monday, Dec. 5 at Detroit's Fox Theatre raised $30,000 for Focus: HOPE. "A Car Is Born" is the first television documentary to cover the history of the product development process in the automotive industry. The documentary is produced by Blue Sky Productions' John McElroy, host of the television program "Autoline Detroit." "Focus: HOPE is honored to be the chosen beneficiary of proceeds from the 'A Car is Born' premiere. The combination of UGS, a major automotive technology provider, with Focus: HOPE represents an ideal relationship," said Eleanor Josaitis, CEO and co-founder, Focus: HOPE. "We are dedicated to equipping our students with the skills that automotive industry employe... (more)

XsunX Provides Update on its Plans to Build a Multi-Megawatt Thin Film Solar Cell Factory

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XsunX, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: XSNX) , a developer of advanced manufacturing systems and cell structures for thin film photovoltaic solar energy, today provided updates to its plans to build a multi-megawatt production facility in the United States in order to supply the growing domestic demand for solar renewable energy. The Company believes that its decision to expand operations to include the manufacture of thin film solar modules is consistent with its overall business strategy to develop photovoltaic technologies and products. Mr. Kurt Laetz, Vice President of Sales and Marketing commented, "Management's decision to tap the domestic market, one of the fastest growing renewable markets in the world, not only allows XsunX to develop revenues through direct sales of finished solar products, but will reduce the effo... (more)

Freelance and Contract Opportunities Open up as Employers Face Qualified Labor Shortages Survey Finds

CHICAGO, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- As the unemployment rate holds steady at less than five percent(i) and the pool of qualified labor continues to shrink, those looking to go out on their own may have more opportunities than ever. More than two-in-five (55 percent) companies have either relied on freelance or contract workers or intend to in the future according to a new survey, conducted by Harris Interactive of more than 2,400 employers and 5,600 employees. is a site that connects freelance job seekers with employers that have contract-based opportunities available. Of those companies that hire freelancers and independent contractors, 20 percent say that given the shortage of qualified labor, they are relying on independent talent more than a year ago. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of these companies intend to hire freelan... (more)

VentureLoop Launches New Free Career Site Widgets for Venture Capital Firms and Venture-Backed Companies

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/18/09 -- VentureLoop, the worldwide leader in hosted career sites for venture capital firms, announced the launch of two new career site widgets. The free version of these widgets will enable venture capital firms and their portfolio companies to host a career page on their public websites simply by placing a small piece of code provided by VentureLoop. With more than 30 venture capital firms already using VentureLoop's premium career site product, the new release will give flexibility for more venture capital firms to display the job openings of their portfolio companies while also enabling their portfolio companies to easily display jobs on their own websites. All jobs posted by the portfolio companies automatically synchronize with the venture firm's career page. "The advances in technology have enabled us to offer a free ve... (more)

Government of Canada to Provide Skills Training Opportunities for Aboriginal Canadians

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 04/06/09 -- The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, announced a multi-year (2009-2012) request for proposals for projects geared to providing Aboriginal people with the skills they need to participate in today's labour market. Minister Strahl made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. "Our government is creating, through Canada's Economic Action Plan, more and better opportunities for Aboriginal Canadians with increased investments in Aboriginal skills and employment programs," said Minister Strahl. "The Economic Action Plan includes $100 million over three years for the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership program. This investment will support up to 25... (more)