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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Mar. 12th) 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 Staffing Services and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.

More Women Pursuing Computer Science Before Becoming Developers

Women are more likely than ever to study computer science before moving into a career as a developer, according to new data from HackerRank. HackerRank surveyed some 14,000 professional developers, including 2,000 women, and concluded—in the words of its report—that “the gender gap for when developers learn to code is slowly, but surely, shrinking.” A big part of narrowing that gap is improving the educational pipeline that prepares young women for a career in tech; and on that front, things seem to be on the upswing. Read More

9 IT Outsourcing Mistakes to Avoid

As IT outsourcing moves well into its third decade, IT decision makers have made great strides in maturity, managing to avoid some common and costly pitfalls of the practice. As clients enter into their next-generation outsourcing deals today, they’re doing a number of things right, says Randy Wiele, managing director with KPMG’s Shared Services and Outsourcing Advisory. They tend to create better service levels that more accurately reflect real performance and end user experience, recognize the importance of service integration…Read More

Programming Languages Favored by Women Developers

HackerRank’s new survey of women developers reveals quite a bit, including which programming languages they know best. Java topped that list, with over 60 percent of women developers professing knowledge, followed by JavaScript, C, and C++, with Python rounding out the top five. “Newer” programming languages such as Swift and Go lingered near the bottom of the list. This seems logical; the developer audience for new languages tends to be small and specialized, only growing if a particular language begins to enjoy widespread…Read More

The Tech Businesses Need to to Maintain Services in the Face of Dire Storms

Late last summer, when Hurricane Harvey hurtled toward Texas and Hurricane Irma toward Florida — within weeks of each other — Mariner Finance prepared by boarding up branch offices along each storm’s path, shutting down desktop PCs and servers, and covering the tech with plastic. As many residents and employees evacuated, the IT department at Mariner’s Nottingham, Md., headquarters tapped into the company’s cloud-based Mitel IP phone system and redirected the closed branches’ inbound phone calls to sister branches to ensure…Read More

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