Sharon Florentine

Sharon Florentine

Senior Writer

Sharon Florentine is a senior writer for CIO.com, covering career development, IT management, training, and diversity.

Articles by Sharon Florentine

What is a career coach? Your partner in growth
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What is a career coach? Your partner in growth

A career coach offers certified expertise in maximizing your potential, whether it’s helping you land a promising new job, navigate a career change, or find fulfillment at work.
June 6, 2019
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The changes coming to H-1B visas | TECH(talk)

The controversial H-1B visa program is seeing some changes that could smooth the visa application process – and proposed changes that could make it more restrictive. CIO's Sharon Florentine explains what's going on.
May 6, 2019
4 critical roles for agile success
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4 critical roles for agile success

Agile may provide the biggest competitive advantage companies can have in a digital age. Here are the crucial roles to fill when fielding your agile teams.
April 25, 2019
How H-1B changes will impact U.S. IT
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How H-1B changes will impact U.S. IT

Many IT employers rely on foreign national talent with H-1B visas to fill thousands of technical roles. New and proposed changes have many tech companies worried about the consequences.
April 19, 2019
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Gender diversity in IT: How companies are getting tangible results | TECH(talk)

How much progress has been made in gender diversity in the IT field in the past few years? CIO writer Sharon Florentine, who frequently blogs about women in IT, talks with Juliet Beauchamp and Ken Mingis about companies that are leading the way.
March 12, 2019
Oracle the latest to face pay discrimination lawsuit
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Oracle the latest to face pay discrimination lawsuit

Oracle allegedly withheld $400 million in wages from racially underrepresented workers and women, according to a U.S. Department of Labor complaint filed last week.
February 1, 2019
How to run a successful IT internship program
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How to run a successful IT internship program

Internship programs give IT organizations an opportunity to identify and nurture tomorrow's talent. Here, three IT leaders share their best practices for running successful internship programs.
January 31, 2019
Top technical skills that will get you hired in 2019
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Top technical skills that will get you hired in 2019

Landing the perfect IT job is never easy, but certain technical skills can smooth the way, especially if they’re in high demand. Here are the fastest-growing skills in tech job searches that could land you a role in tech in 2019.
January 17, 2019
What’s driving IT budgets for 2019
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What’s driving IT budgets for 2019

Technology leaders weigh in on where IT spend will shift, with many companies focusing on infrastructure, security, and user experience.
December 14, 2018
What 2019 holds for diversity and inclusion
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What 2019 holds for diversity and inclusion

Several groups predict diversity and inclusion in the workplace will improve in 2019—that it has to if companies want to attract and retain employees. Hopefully they are right.
December 7, 2018
Agile KPIs: How to measure agile success
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Agile KPIs: How to measure agile success

Measuring success of agile efforts can be complex. The key is to emphasize value once you’ve established organizational trust.
October 9, 2018
Society, not women, needs fixing
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Society, not women, needs fixing

Obstacles that women face when working in a sexist culture are beyond their control. A DIY approach to on-the-job equality will not work. Society must change.
September 21, 2018
Where in the world are the women software developers?
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Where in the world are the women software developers?

India, the UAE, Romania, China, Sri Lanka, and Italy have the highest percentage of women software developers, while in the EU, Bulgaria has the most women in tech.
September 14, 2018
Alphabet dismisses action on diversity and inclusion
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Alphabet dismisses action on diversity and inclusion

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, rejected proposals from shareholders that may have helped address the company’s longstanding issues with diversity and inclusion.
June 15, 2018
Is Snap the next Uber?
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Is Snap the next Uber?

Silicon Valley’s toxic culture rears its ugly head once again – this time at Snap.
June 1, 2018
5 misconceptions CIOs still have about agile
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5 misconceptions CIOs still have about agile

Agile has made great headway in the enterprise, but common misconceptions prevent organizations from making the most of the methodology.
May 10, 2018
How #MeToo and #TimesUp impact IT hiring
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How #MeToo and #TimesUp impact IT hiring

In IT organizations that may already be struggling to find and retain talent, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements add new urgency to address D&I and bust biases.
April 11, 2018
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Should software developers have a code of ethics?

With great power comes great responsibility. As the details of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal reveal, the IT industry is still grappling with the question of how to deal with ethical dilemmas.
March 30, 2018
The one major downside of employee referrals
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The one major downside of employee referrals

While it’s true that employee referrals often result in more loyal and productive hires, companies targeting innovation or growth should beware the unwanted impact referrals can have on your workforce.
February 20, 2018
Chasing Grace Project highlights women in technology
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Chasing Grace Project highlights women in technology

Jennifer Cloer wanted to change the narrative around women in technology. So, she launched a film production company to bring women's stories to life -- Wicked Flicks Productions -- and created The Chasing Grace Project.
February 16, 2018