Can't Grasp Blockchain? BlocKit Can HelpRead the rest of this entry »
Even for IT professionals, blockchain is a technology that can be difficult to comprehend.
Best known as the internet infrastructure for Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies, blockchain is an independent technology that simplifies transactions among two or more parties, eliminating the need for a central repository to facilitate the process and manage the bookkeeping. Because of the way it is designed, a transaction is recorded in thousands of places simultaneously, which ...
Your Trade Show Swag Could Be a Data GrabRead the rest of this entry »
Who doesn't love trade show swag? We've scored those balls that light up and blink when bounced and pens that write in different colors. The kids loved them.
The best was a huge houseplant some vendor was giving away because they couldn't take it on the plane with them.
The most useful stuff - besides an umbrella at a rainy show in Atlanta - has always been the flash drives. The first ...
Business Smarts More Important for Blockchain JobsRead the rest of this entry »
With all the blockchain hype driving business curiosity as to how the secure ledger might be useful, companies are recruiting technologists with skills in the area. But what are those skills?
Just in time, consulting firm KPMG has come to the rescue with a report detailing some necessary skills and, fortunately, blockchain experience isn't the most important. We say fortunately only because so few IT professionals have experience in the ...
Common Language Blockchain Initiative AnnouncedRead the rest of this entry »
As blockchain technology pushes ever more rapidly into the mainstream, one of its challenges is the growing number of platforms. This week, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance announced the formation of a Token Taxonomy Initiative to "define a token in non-technical and cross-industry terms using real-world, everyday analogies so that anyone can understand them."
Nevermind what a token is (here's a simple primer if you want some basics). It's enough ...
Pay and Slow Hiring Are Top Barriers For Tech ManagersRead the rest of this entry »
When it comes to hiring tech talent, salary and a slow hiring process are the top two barriers, say tech leaders.
A survey of some 2,800 IT decision makers in 28 leading markets found just about a quarter of them agreeing their compensation isn't as good as what candidates can get from their competitors. Almost as many -- 22% -- complained that the time it takes to make an offer is ...
Our SXSW Learnings About BuzzwordsRead the rest of this entry »
Shelly Palmer, one of our favorite technology writers, is at SXSW and he's discovered that everything is powered by AI. Unless it uses blockchain. Or possibly both, and it all runs on a 5G network. Except that in the U.S. 5G hardly exists.
In his first 24 hours at the massive South by Southwest conference, festival, art show, etc., Palmer heard so many buzzwords, used so wrongly that ...
Who's the Most Romantic? Not HRRead the rest of this entry »
For a profession many believe is full of "people persons" with a "touchy feely" approach, human resources isn't even close when it comes to romancing their loved one today.
According to a Valentine's survey (there's a survey about everything) of 2,784 of office workers, 60% of human resources professionals will do something special with that special someone. We don't know what the other 40% will be doing, but if ...
The 'Next Big Thing' Is DeadRead the rest of this entry »
The “Next Big Thing” is dead, CompTIA declares in its annual IT outlook report. The trade association for the tech industry says the phenomenon of revolutionary products like smartphones is becoming less relevant “in a world defined not by ‘one big thing,’ but rather, the iterative fusion of technology building blocks coupled with a generous helping of people and process.”
That idea underlies the trends the organization believes will shape ...
4 Issues Holding AI Back In Life SciencesRead the rest of this entry »
There's hardly an industry that artificial intelligence hasn't touched. In one form or another -- machine learning, chatbots and predictive analytics, for example -- AI is rapidly becoming a part of all technologies. The life sciences are no exception, though many professionals believe the industry is lagging in its adoption of AI.
Last summer's survey by The Pistoia Alliance found 42% of life sciences professionals doubting that AI has yet proven its ...
Q1 Hiring Plans Are Strongest In YearsRead the rest of this entry »
The stock market may be seesawing, but employers are still bullish on hiring. Two recent surveys of hiring intention both pointed to strong plans by employers to add staff in the first quarter of this new year.
Manpower's long running Employment Outlook, based on a survey of 12,500 employers, shows 23% expect to add headcount between now and the end of March. Seasonally adjusted basis that comes out to ...