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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Aug. 30th) as based on the story’s likes, shares, and interactions from our social media sites. The content provided is mainly for Buffalo-Based IT Professionals to help keep them informed as they continue to impact and grow Buffalo’s tech reputation. We provide IT Recruiting and IT Staffing for businesses in the Buffalo area.

Can Remote Work Help Curb H-1B Visa Use?

If you ask many domestic tech workers, H-1B is a problem. Ask the executives hiring foreign workers, and they often say there’s not enough talent stateside to keep business operations up and running. As the debate rages on, we’re left to wonder if a stronger remote-work culture might ease tensions. According to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) study, nearly a quarter-million (237,837 if you’re interested) H-1B jobs went to those working in “computer-related occupations” during 2016. That’s 69.1 percent of all H-1B visas granted last year. Read More

Trump Makes US Cyber Command an Official Combat Arm

The White House late last week officially elevated the US Cyber Command to a Unified Combatant Command for cyberspace operations. The US Cyber Command, currently under the umbrella of the National Security Agency, soon may also be spun off completely from the spy agency. “United States Cyber Command’s elevation will also help streamline command and control of time-sensitive cyberspace operations by consolidating them under a single commander with authorities commensurate with the importance of such operations. Read More

Six IT Talent Priorities for a Digital Strategy

Of all the challenges CIOs face as they navigate digitization, talent may be the most serious. Digitization makes mastery of technical and business skills ever more important and puts a premium on flexibility and versatility. Moreover, it raises the costs of getting talent wrong. IT leaders without an effective talent strategy will fail to meet business demands. A reactive, piecemeal approach to filling skills gaps creates uncertainty, lowers staff morale and leaves IT leaders exposed to an increasingly tight IT talent market. To get IT talent right in the digital era, CIOs…Read More

Workplace Flexibility: Your Key to Hiring and Retaining the Best

What’s the most important thing you can provide your IT workforce? If your answer involved “competitive salary” and “comprehensive benefits,” that’s understandable — but you’d be wrong. Sure, those elements are on any employees’ list of must-haves, but what they want most is flexibility. In fact, 2016 was a watershed year for workplace flexibility, as workplace flexibility became a more desired employee benefit than healthcare for millennials and “Gen Z,” according to a survey from Future Workplace and Randstad U.S.A. What does all this mean for organizations…Read More

Integrating Security into DevOps Takes Care

DevOps is quickly evolving from the experimental phase to becoming the standard approach to application development and delivery. It breaks down the barriers between developers and IT operations, speeding up development projects. However, that speed can also create significant security risks if the IT security team is not brought into the process after DevOps releases a new product. The recent DigiCert “2017 Inviting Security into DevOps Survey” finds a vast majority of enterprises are in fact working to integrate security into their DevOps methodologies. Read More

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