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  • Call them the darling dozen—the 12 tech companies that tech professionals consider the ideal employers. Many of these names will be no surprise to anyone involved in the industry, but a few might not immediately leap to mind. Money and opportunity are, as expected, major reasons respondents aspire to work for a company, but they are far from the only ones. The Dice 2017 "Ideal Employer" report states that the attributes that matter most to survey participants are competitive salary, mentioned by 84 percent; challenging work, 83 percent; benefits, 82 percent; positive organizational culture, 81 percent; and open/transparent communication, 80 percent."There were a lot of big names on tech pros' list of ideal employers, but small and startup companies shouldn't be discouraged," stresses George McFerran, executive vice president of product and marketing for Dice. "The attributes which professionals find most appealing, such as challenging projects, can be offered by any company driving innovation forward. A key to winning the tech talent tussle is recognizing star talent and lighting the way for a clear career path. Be the place tech pros can grow their skill set and be a part of a winning culture." To compile the report, Dice asked almost 5,500 tech professionals in the U.S. to list the three most desirable companies for which to work and their key strengths. The feedback includes nearly 16,000 votes from across more than 3,000 companies.

  • In today's enterprises, line-of-business (LoB) departments are playing a bigger role in the technology buying process, especially when it concerns applications and services related to mobile and collaborative technologies. And increasingly, those two technologies are viewed as a single entity by most IT and business executives. Those findings highlight the "CDW Digital Workspace Solutions Report," which is based on a survey of nearly 2,000 IT and non-IT executives who participate in their organization's purchasing decisions for digital workspace solutions. This view aligns with CDW's definition of digital workspace as the culmination of various technology silos coming together to seamlessly connect people and get work done effortlessly, anytime, anywhere and on any device. "The fact that our survey found 41 percent of digital workspace solutions are now selected by departments outside of IT shows how pervasive and integral voice, video and other collaboration technologies are becoming to organizations," observed Nathan Coutinho, director of workspace solutions for CDW. "It's important for enterprises to involve non-IT leaders and end users in the decision-making process, as IT solutions are more successful when there is buy-in from employees."