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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Nov. 18th) 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. Lighthouse Technology Services provides IT Staffing Services and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.

Job Growth for Buffalo in October Better than Most of Upstate NY

It was a slow-go for employment in October across much of New York though the Buffalo area performed better with private-sector jobs increasing by 1.1 percent, or 5,200, from a year ago. The Buffalo-Niagara Falls market was actually one of the bright spots, according to the New York State Department of Labor. The local increase in private-sector jobs matched that for the state as a whole. New York counted 89,000 more jobs than it did in October 2015. Overall, when including nonfarm — or the public sector, Buffalo…Read More

Trump’s Election Sets Stage for H-1B Reform

President-elect Donald Trump gave laid-off IT workers something his rival, Hillary Clinton, did not during the campaign: Attention and a promise to reform the H-1B visa program. The IT workers that Trump wanted to appeal to don’t work for startups, Google, Facebook or Microsoft. They run IT systems at insurance firms, banks, utilities and retailers. They live in Rust Belt cities and in New York City, but are too spread out for pollsters to measure. Trump recognized that IT workers are aggrieved and so did Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who worked…Read More

No Easy Task: Finding office Space with Bike Racks and Showers for Innovative Tech Cos. in Buffalo

There’s a reason it took three years. Campus Labs expects to move into a signature local headquarters at 298 Main St., the Kissling Interests-owned “White Building,” by next spring. The deal is pending approval of incentives by New York Power Authority trustees. But putting the project together has been a complex endeavor, especially in balancing the unique needs of a growing technology company with the realities of downtown Buffalo. “It’s a very complicated calculus of finding the right building, the right landlord and the right location,” said Eric Reich…Read More

Will Trump Let China Beat the U.S. in Supercomputing?

President-elect Donald Trump says he likes to win, which means that being in second place in supercomputing — behind China — may be a non-starter for him. That’s the hope, at least, among some at the SC16 supercomputing conference here. Today, China has the world’s two fastest supercomputers. China also has 171 systems on the Top 500 supercomputer list, which was updated this week. That’s the same number as the U.S., and China is moving swiftly to build big systems. A decade ago, China only had 10 systems…Read More

Tech Skills Earning the Highest Cash Premiums — No Certification Required

Why would an employer pay its tech workers extra cash for a skill or certification if they’re already getting a salary and annual bonus? There are a dozen good reasons why, and they all share one thing in common: None would be necessary if the company’s compensation structure and pay practices were agile enough to successfully compete for talent in volatile labor markets. The nature of the tech labor marketplace is exactly that, though, where the market value of a job or skill can move like a roller coaster depending on what’s hot and what’s not…Read More

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