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

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Working-at-Home a Win-Win for Employers and Employees

Marissa Mayer's infamous policy for Yahoo aside, telecommuting remains an important tool for reducing employee stress and increasing operational efficiency. Follow these tips to do it right.
April 18, 2014
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6 Social Media Mistakes That Will Kill Your Career

Just because you're not posting drunken selfies doesn't mean you've got this social networking thing down. There are a number of more subtle social media mistakes that could hurt your career. Here are six to avoid.
April 15, 2014
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CIOs: Lure Top Tech Talent by Offering Free Lunch

Companies are going beyond compensation to lure and retain top IT talent. Among the most popular perks: tuition reimbursement, the chance to work with the latest technology and, of course, free lunch.
April 3, 2014
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Hire for Cultural Fit, Train for the Right IT Skills

Hiring for the right cultural fit can be more important than focusing on technical skills alone and can help companies improve employee retention, engagement and loyalty.
April 2, 2014
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How to Use Social Media to Improve Your IT Recruiting Strategy

Social media is ubiquitous in today's digital world, so you can bet your next star employee is out there sharing, liking and tweeting. Here's how to leverage social networking technology to effectively target and recruit IT candidates.
March 17, 2014
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Cloud Wars Heating Up in 2014

Google, Amazon and Microsoft have all made strategic moves to gain cloud market share -- and the 'cloud wars' are only getting started.
March 12, 2014
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7 New Faces of the C-suite

Chief Digital Officer, Chief Marketing Office and Chief People Officer are just a few of the new faces being introduced into C-suites around the globe. Spoiler alert: We’re still waiting for the emergence of the Chief Martini Officer.
March 10, 2014
7 New Faces of the C-suite
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7 New Faces of the C-suite

Chief Digital Officer, Chief Marketing Office and Chief People Officer are just a few of the new faces being introduced into C-suites around the globe. Spoiler alert: We’re still waiting for the emergence of the Chief Martini Officer.
March 10, 2014
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Are You Too Old to Land a New IT Job?

Age really is just a number. If you're keeping current on new technologies and advancement, and show a willingness to keep learning and growing, there's no reason it should be an impediment to your job search.
February 27, 2014
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Personal Websites Give Job Seekers Greater Control

If you are looking to land your next tech job, creating and promoting a personal website can help you control Google search results, better highlight relevant skills and provide an edge in a competitive job market.
February 19, 2014
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How to Prepare Your Business (And Your Employees) to Work Remotely

Hurricanes, blizzards, floods, earthquakes, even mundane events like employees' car troubles or family obligations can disrupt your business and put a damper on productivity. Here's how to prepare your business and your personnel for working remotely.
February 6, 2014
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How to Use Agile Development to Avoid Project Failures

The rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov is a very public example of a larger issue of software product failures. Can an agile development framework allow software companies to avoid such project management headaches themselves?
February 5, 2014
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IT Resume Makeover: How to Clear Out the Career Clutter

In CIO.com's latest resume makeover, our expert and career coach transforms a CIO's resume from one that was cluttered and text-heavy to one that's clear and concise -- and highlights her accomplishments.
January 31, 2014
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Is an MBA Worthwhile or Worthless for Tech Pros?

Once seen as a valuable differentiator for career advancement, the intrinsic worth of an MBA degree is now a hotly debated subject in the enterprise.
January 27, 2014
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Mobile App Helps You Fight Chronic Pain From Your Desk

Experience chronic neck or back pain? Headaches or migraines? That expensive, ergonomic chair might be doing you more harm than good. But Voom, a mobile wellness app developed by two chiropractors, aims to tackle repetitive stress injuries.
January 24, 2014
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Tech Performance Issues Plague IT and Businesses

While CIOs and other senior IT leaders focus on being transformational, half of global businesses say they experience tech performance issues daily. What's the problem and how can IT improve things?n
January 10, 2014
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2014 Forecast for Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has proven to be one of the great disruptive technologies of our time, and the effects of its increasing adoption and maturation will ripple out through 2014. Here are 10 predictions for how the cloud will impact IT in the coming year.
December 30, 2013
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How (and Why) to Get Started With SDNs

Software-defined networks are inching toward the mainstream. How can CIOs and other technology leader use SDNs to drive agility?
December 10, 2013
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Why Are So Many IT Projects Failing?

A recent study reports that 50 percent of companies had an IT project fail in the last 12 months. Business leaders who blame IT are missing the real project management issues.
December 4, 2013
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Resume Makeover: How to Keep It Short, Sweet and to the Point

After 12 years in IT, this month's Resume Makeover candidate has accumulated a wealth of experience, but his highlights and successes were hidden in a dense six-page resume -- until our resume writer and career consultant stepped in to clear a new path to success.
November 20, 2013
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Top 10 Cloud Computing Certifications

Looking for a way to benchmark your cloud computing knowledge and skills? Want an extra edge when looking for that cloud computing job? Get cloud computing certified.
November 19, 2013
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What Contract IT Workers Miss About Being Full-Time

A survey of contract and freelance IT professionals shows healthcare and 401k plans are the most-missed perks of traditional employment, while there are many things they don't miss at all.
November 12, 2013
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How Many Data Scientists Does the World Really Need?

The buzz is all about 'Big Data' and how best to use it to generate actionable intelligence. To do this, companies will need to hire loads of highly trained, highly paid data scientists -- or will they?
November 7, 2013
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10 Job Search Tips for Introverts

Being introverted doesn't have to slow your progress when it comes time to ramp up your career. In fact, introverts have many characteristics that help them succeed in the IT world. However, it's important you understand your characteristics and can control -- and even take advantage of -- them.
October 24, 2013
5 IT Security Horror Stories (and 5 Ways to Avoid Them)
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5 IT Security Horror Stories (and 5 Ways to Avoid Them)

When it comes to security, your employees may be your weakest link. While policies and training can go a long way toward helping them keep devices and data safe, sometimes technology is the answer.
October 21, 2013
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How to Beat Storage Bottlenecks in a Flash

When a data visualization and analysis software provider found that its backend storage was slowing down its developers, it resisted the urge to add capacity. Instead, it turned to a software solution that scales storage performance using virtualization.
October 10, 2013
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Kaseya Now Lets MSPs Offer Single Pane Infrastructure Monitoring

With the Zyrion acquisition complete, Kaseya brings Traverse cloud, virtualization and network monitoring product to market for one-stop infrastructure management. One MSP talks about what the deal means to IT customers.
October 9, 2013
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Who’s Training the Next Generation of Data Scientists?

A projected shortage of qualified data scientists could leave U.S. businesses unable to tap the value of big data. To help meet that demand, the University of California at Berkeley has developed a master's degree program to train new data scientists.
October 2, 2013
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Workforce-as-a-Service Scales to Meet IT Staffing Needs on Demand

What if you could scale your IT personnel requirements as you would computing resources? Using a workforce-as-a-service model lets you add a skilled, vetted and insured workforce when you need it and release it when you don't.
September 30, 2013
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Where Do SDNs Fit in the Data Center?

As CIOs try to make sense of the hype surrounding software-defined networks (SDNs) and their potential in data centers, some experts and vendors say IT leaders are looking for answers in all the wrong places.
September 17, 2013
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How Social Analytics Can Improve Enterprise IT Efficiency

VoloMetrix's enterprise analytics technology uses social engineering to let CIOs quickly identify bottlenecks and pain points in their organization. Using that data, they can better allocate time, energy and resources. The only catch is they have to mine employees email to get that data.
August 30, 2013