Fred O'ConnorReporter, IDG News Service

Fred O'Connor writes about IT careers and health IT for The IDG News Service.

Tech-savvy college hires bring integration, communication challenges to IT workplaces

College graduates receiving their diplomas this year were teenagers when the first iPhone debuted and Facebook allowed anyone to create a profile. As this tech-saturated generation enters the IT workforce their familiarity with technology -- especially consumer products -- can lead to communication and work style clashes with more seasoned employees who may not share a passion for digital life.

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With revenue at stake, companies seek business-savvy tech workers

Financial concerns in the wake of the recession are causing companies to better align IT and business and this shift is changing what is expected from technology workers, say executives and staffing professionals. Business acumen is now on par with possessing stellar technical skills, with in-demand employees those who can contribute more than code to the company.

EA Files Copyright Suit Against Zynga Over 'The Sims Social'

Electronic Arts has sued Zynga, developer of the popular -Ville brand of social media games, alleging that the company violated EA copyright pertaining to its...

Survey: Drivers Like In-car Internet but Worry About Safety, Privacy

U.S. drivers seem to hold conflicting opinions on in-car Internet access, viewing the technology as a driving hazard and even a threat to privacy while praising...

Hospital Networks Take Key Role in Health Care as IT Makes Further Clincial Advances

The health care industry's increased use of electronic medical records (EMRs), wireless medical devices and personal mobile technology has turned hospital...

Salman Khan to MIT Grads: Innovators Will Foster Societal Change

Future scientists and technology professionals, not governments, will develop the innovations that most benefit society, online educator entrepreneur Sal Khan...

For Tech Staffers, Working Remotely Requires More Than Wi-Fi and a Desk

Web services, VoIP and other technology may have turned any place with an Internet connection into an office and decreased the importance of an IT professional's...

Coding Contest Shows How Big Data Can Improve Health Care

A recent coding competition in the Boston area brought together IT professionals, medical workers and others with an interest in health IT to show how data...

Panel: Future CIOs Will Have Careers Blending Non-tech Roles With Traditional IT Duties

Next-generation CIOs will have to consider how technology affects other corporate departments as well as handle traditional IT management functions, especially those accompanying mobile device management and greater data analysis.

Updated SDK From Soti Allows Businesses to Remotely Control Apple Mobile Devices

Businesses can now remotely control enterprise mobile applications developed for Apple's mobile platform with the latest version of Soti's MobiControl Software...

Harvard, MIT Online Learning Portal to Help Web, Classroom Learning

An online education organization backed and funded by MIT and Harvard University will use open-source technology to offer free classes over the Internet, the two...

Computer Pioneer, Commodore Founder Jack Tramiel Dies at 83

Jack Tramiel, a pioneer in the computing industry and founder of Commodore, died on Sunday at age 83, his son Leonard Tramiel confirmed Monday.

IT Contractors Help Companies Meet Changing Work Needs

Whether companies require specific tech talent for a project or need extra help meeting a business uptick brought by the recovering economy, corporate IT...

How a CFO and an IT Chief Cooperate to Add Value at Able Engineering

For Gregg Leach, CFO of aircraft overhaul and repair business Able Engineering, the need to involve the IT department on major projects was never questioned...

Study: Salaries Poised to Rise for Workers With Mobile, Cloud, UI Skills

IT workers who have experience with five popular technologies may see significant salary increases this year, according to a study from IT staffing firm...