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  • Most organizations are using a blend of traditional infrastructure and the cloud, and the ones that excel in maximizing these approaches are gaining significant advantages in cost savings, increased productivity and other ROI drivers, according to a recent survey from IBM. The accompanying report, "Growing Up Hybrid: Accelerating Digital Transformation," distinguishes companies into categories of hybrid cloud adoption, including those considered "frontrunners" and those described as "chasers." Companies that are frontrunners are using the hybrid cloud to increase efficiency and productivity, while cutting costs. They're also managing their hybrid cloud environment in an integrated, comprehensive manner (such as through a single dashboard) for high visibility and control. Chasers are not yet using the hybrid cloud to drive competitive advantage, and they are considered in the early stages of gaining integrated control over their hybrid environment. According to the findings, frontrunners come out on top by taking advantage of the hybrid cloud to advance mobility projects, pursue innovation and maximize value from the existing traditional infrastructure. "We live in a world where companies must take advantage of all of their resources to succeed and deliver services and apps in an as-a-service model," said Laura Sanders, global technology services general manager for systems services at IBM, "regardless of whether they reside in a public or private cloud or on their existing infrastructure. Not surprisingly, [organizations] are seeing great value from hybrid environments in driving business results and transformation. It's a positive balance of optimization with flexibility and agility." An estimated 500 global hybrid-cloud decision-makers took part in the research.

  • Used electronic devices contain precious metal 'deposits' that are 40 to 50 times richer than newly mined ore. Yet, about 80 percent are tossed into landfills.

  • The technology industry enjoys the best overall reputation of any sector, according to a recent survey from the Harris Poll. The research focuses on what Harris defines as a company's Reputation Quotient (RQ)—essentially a measurement of the general public's positive sentiments about an organization or brand. Companies were ranked according to the following categories: social responsibility, emotional appeal, products and/or services, vision and leadership, financial performance and workplace environment. We're presenting the top 12 tech companies here. Clearly, a business' reputation makes a difference, especially in an era when customers are more likely than ever to make consumer choices based on information readily available online and on social networks. "Best-in-class companies demonstrate that corporate reputation matters to your customers, employees, potential hires, business partners and investors," said Sarah Simmons, senior reputation consultant at Nielsen, which owns the Harris Poll. "Not only does it matter, but corporate reputation is critically important to measure and understand in the context of your company's business goals. A positive reputation can provide competitive advantages and help your company achieve its objectives, while a poor one can obstruct your ability to execute against your business plan." More than 23,000 Americans took part in the research.

  • By now, it's pretty clear that many companies are willing to offer great salaries for proven tech talent. If you've ever wondered how much you'd command on the market with world-class IT skills and experience, the following list of the top 10 highest-paying tech jobs may be an eye-opener. It was compiled from Glassdoor's most recent "25 Highest Paying Jobs in America" list. On that list, doctors and lawyers rank at the top (with median base salaries paying $180,000 and $144,500 respectively), but IT positions account for five of the top 10 slots. While money does matter—68 percent of the professionals surveyed regard compensation as one of their top considerations when accepting or declining a job offer—it doesn't guarantee career satisfaction. "There's no doubt that pay is among the leading factors most job seekers weigh when determining where to work," said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor. "However, our research shows that a big paycheck isn't necessarily tied to long-term satisfaction in a job. Instead, when we dig deeper … we find that culture and values, career opportunities and trust in senior leadership are the biggest drivers of employee satisfaction." The list is based on salary reports shared on Glassdoor by U.S.-based employees over the past year. To be eligible, each job must have had at least 75 salary reports shared.

  • In the Data Science Bowl, researchers work on real problems to develop solutions that will benefit society. This year's competition focused on heart disease.