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Oracle legal move prompts closure of independent J.D. Edwards help site

The operator of an independent website aimed at helping users of J.D. Edwards enterprise resource planning software has shut it down after Oracle alleged the site infringed on its copyrights.

An unnecessary path to tech: A Bachelor's degree

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Edward Snowden all launched tech careers without four-year college degrees, and that may be true for a large percentage of techies.

Gates sees software replacing people; Greenspan calls for more H-1Bs

Bill Gates and Alan Greenspan, in separate forums here, offered outlooks and prescriptions for fixing jobs and income.

Texas school offers first-of-a-kind data center engineering degree

Plenty of people have engineering degrees but not many have one specific to data centers. A university in Dallas is offering what it says will be a first-of-its-kind graduate degree in data center engineering.

IT pros rank University of Texas San Antonio best school for cybersecurity

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) tops a somewhat unexpected list of schools that are considered by security practitioners as the best in the country for cybersecurity courses and degree programs.

Tech companies find their inner Zen

Tech companies like Intel and Google are offering courses in meditation to help their workers handle stress, become more innovative and find work/life balance.

Obamacare could help fuel a tech start-up boom

The arrival of Obamacare on Tuesday may make it easier for some employees to quit their full-time jobs to launch tech start-ups, work as a freelance consultant or pursue some other solo career path.

Google, edX team on new online learning site, platform

Google will team with the online-learning consortium backed by Harvard, MIT, Stanford and others to build a new site that can be used to host courses online.

Microsoft ends top Masters certification exams for IT pros

Microsoft plans to retire its Masters level certification exams by Oct. 1 this year, generating strong protests on blogs and community forums from IT professionals.

Will software-defined networking kill network engineers' beloved CLI?

SDN (software-defined networking) promises some real benefits for people who use networks, but to the engineers who manage them, it may represent the end of an era.

Education/Training In Depth

A simple cure for the cybersecurity skills shortage

An approach that has worked for centuries in all sorts of industries is just as applicable to the security field.

How to get a job in manufacturing IT

To excel in manufacturing, tech workers need to be one part tinkerer and one part visionary, with a bit of analytical acumen thrown in as well.

Career Watch: Top perks for IT jobs

Pursue the right IT career, and you're practically guaranteed a free lunch.

IT Salary Survey 2014

Demand keeps growing and salaries keep rising for tech workers with the right skills. Our survey of more than 3,500 IT professionals reveals which jobs are hot -- and which are not.

Career advice: Learn from your mistakes

Premier 100 IT Leader Doris Peek also answers questions on the value of education and of learning about the business.

IT makeover: Creating an 'attraction strategy'

When the CEO asks the CIO to find a way to attract the business units to the IT function, with the ultimate goal of increasing revenue, the CIO realizes his staff is going to need some new skills.

How to get a job in energy IT

The energy industry is complex and growing, but also needs to be more modern and efficient. From analytics to networking to mobility, the IT opportunities abound.

Career advice: What separates leaders from managers?

Premier 100 IT Leader Mujib Lodhi also answers questions on keeping abreast of technology and the value of certifications.

Career advice: Do IT pros need to know about business?

Premier 100 IT Leader Juan Perez also answers questions on getting more funding for training and the pros and cons of being an IT specialist.

Career advice: Initiating change from below

Premier 100 IT Leader Randall Gaboriault also answers questions on the skills needed in QA and the wisdom of getting a doctorate.