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  • The company was founded in 1968 by two ex-executives from Fairchild Semiconductor: a chemist named Gordon Moore and a physicist named Robert Noyce, who also happened to be the co-inventor of the integrated circuit. Together, they formed Intel, which is now the world's largest semiconductor company, with $52.7 billion in annual revenue and a nearly 15 percent share of the global market. In the beginning, Intel's random-access memory (SRAM) semiconductor, which applied Schottky Bipolar technology, was nearly twice as fast as those produced by the competition. By 1971, the company had introduced the Intel 4004, the first microprocessor made available commercially. Since then, it has branched out into security (with the 2010 purchase of McAfee), wireless solutions (after a deal the same year with Infineon Technologies) and network switches (thanks to its acquisition of Fulcrum Microsystems in 2011). More recent events demonstrate that Intel continues to break new ground in wide-ranging ways. We've included a number of the most interesting developments here, along with a couple of intriguing tidbits about Intel's earlier days. The following was compiled through published news articles and materials posted by Intel.

  • While compensation for IT professionals rose in 2014, the increases amounted to a minor bump-up for the average employee, according to a recent survey from Dice.com. The findings reflect a half full/half empty state for the industry: Yes, most tech workers received raises, but many had to change employers to do so. And more are receiving bonuses. However, the vast majority of IT pros do not get bonuses, and those who do are seeing only a slight increase in the amount. So IT managers and executives should not be surprised to find growing dissatisfaction about compensation among their staff members, along with the loss of top-notch talent to competitors when those workers leave to get better compensation packages. "As demand for technology professionals rises and highly skilled talent is harder to find, the pressure is being reflected where it counts: paychecks," says Shravan Goli, president of Dice.com. "Still, tech pros are less happy with their earnings, signaling to companies that in order to recruit and retain the best candidates, offering more will be necessary." More than 23,400 tech employees took part in the research.

  • Do you think you have the best IT job around? If so, you may want to check to see if your job made the following "Ten Best Tech Jobs in America" list from Glassdoor, compiled from the top 25 list of best overall jobs on the online career community site. The company came up with the ranking based on the following three key factors, which we've included below: earning potential, number of job openings and career opportunity rating. (The third factor was based on at least 75 career opportunities ratings that were provided by U.S.-based employees over the past year.) Not surprisingly, the list reflects many of the hot industry niches that we've reported on previously, including software development, big data and analytics, network oversight, mobility and IT project management. As companies face increasing competition for top tech talent, IT professionals who perform these roles should expect greater prospects for rewarding assignments, career growth and (of course!) generous compensation. "It's no surprise that we see many tech jobs on [our top 25] list—the most of any industry—with such rapid growth and demand in the market," says Scott Dobroski, career trends analyst for Glassdoor.

  • Amid a rapidly changing business and IT environment, perhaps only one thing is entirely clear: Digital disruption in the new normal. A recently released report from Bersin by Deloitte Consulting, "Predictions for 2015: Redesigning the Organization for a Rapidly Changing World," underscores just how tumultuous and transformational the year will be, and just how much impact it will have on IT and human resources. "The global economic recovery, changing demographics and rapid changes in the technology landscape have come together to redefine the entire nature of work," states author Josh Bersin, principal and founder of Bersin by Deloitte. "This has resulted in a "new world of life—one in which work, home, family and personal lives are completely interconnected in a real-time way. 2015 is the time to be bold, innovative, and forward-thinking. The technology and workplace changes around us are dramatic and rapidly occurring." The consulting firm predicts that this emerging digital order will fundamentally change our lives and will alter the power dynamics between employers and employees. Technology is introducing greater transparency in the job market and a need for entirely different skill sets. The following are 10 key trends for 2015 from the report.

  • While organizations are expected to continue increasing their IT spending in 2015, the overall forecast is conservative compared to recent years, according to a recent survey from DATA. The top investment priorities include app development, service-oriented architecture, support services and infrastructure, findings reveal. But overall costs present constant obstacles, as does the lack of qualified personnel to support tech initiatives. Still, survey findings remain encouraging for the most part, as executive leadership looks to the tech department to help address key business-impacting challenges. "Technology initiatives continue to drive companies' efforts to improve their internal processes, as well as efforts to better connect with customers and key stakeholders," says Conrad Leao, vice president of operations at DATA. "We see this IT investment in the form of leveraging big data, evolving computing platforms and the creation of innovation applications, to name a few." The results also cover a few general "state of IT" topics, such as job security and vendor satisfaction, and we've included some of those topics here. More than 180 global professionals, including IT support staffers and project coordinators, took part in the research.

  • A report on mobile trends in the SMB segment covers Apple's dominance in this market, as well as the growing popularity of larger smartphones and phablets.

  • The congressman, who heads the new House Information Technology Subcommittee, talks about cyber-security and how business and government can protect themselves.

  • One reason security software is not used to the fullest extent is that IT doesn't have the time or staff required to implement software solutions properly.

  • Are you looking for a city that offers great opportunities for pursuing an IT career? Then you should check out this list of the top 10 metro areas for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs, as compiled by WalletHub. The company came up with its ranking based on a number of metrics taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Council for Community and Economic Research, and other organizations. These statistics include the percentage of workers who are employed in STEM roles; STEM employment growth; and the annual median wage for STEM professionals. Clearly, it's a great time to be a tech worker, as STEM professions are expected to expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations between 2008 and 2018. From a compensation standpoint, these careers present great appeal: The average annual wage for all STEM positions is $79,640, well above the national average wage for all jobs of $46,440. So, if you're up for moving to a new city to maximize your career opportunities, this list will provide appealing options. To provide even more helpful information for comparison purposes, WalletHub is reporting the annual median wages for STEM workers listed here, adjusted according to the cost of living.