Software developers have higher status and bigger paychecks these days, according to a Dice.com poll that says more companies are creating bonus plans with the goal of attracting and keeping developers. The survey of 700 employers says proficiency in Java remains the most-sought-after development skill, with starting salaries pushing into six figures.
Apple has the largest number of vulnerabilities uncovered in the past five years, ahead of Oracle, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Adobe and IBM, according to a report by Secunia. Despite security efforts, the number of vulnerabilities is still on the rise, with Secunia assessing that the most risk comes from third-party applications.
Enterprise migration toward converged data-center architectures is prompting vendors to work more closely with IT services partners to cement customer relationships and push out emerging technologies such as virtualization and networking.
Backupify wants to be the security provider for enterprises using Google Apps and says its archiving, export and backup services will eliminate security concerns around data loss in the cloud-computing environment. It's also deploying a channel program to deliver its solutions.
The federal government's new approach to awarding IT contracts is extremely popular as it's already hitting $1 billion in three years. The cap on the government-wide acquisition contract, called Alliant, is $50 billion and the contract is in place until 2017. A General Service Administration leader says the contract program is benefiting tech-services firms and saving the government money.