Adobe has launched electronic signature and mobile Acrobat editing tools to help businesses manage their documents digitally. With Acrobat Mobile, users can edit documents right from their phones or tablets, while the Fill and Sign app allows for mobile signatures to PDF documents.
Pressure on the IT job market is coming from a variety of directions, including cloud computing and automation, and while layoffs are likely, so are "talent wars" for the most skilled workers or for those who offer business savvy, foreign-language knowledge and experience in the global market.
Microsoft Research has published a book of essays titled "The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery," expounding upon the data-based science theories of Dr. Jim Gray, who vanished at sea in 2007. Gray had insisted that scientists must respond to endless seas of data with new computing techniques, focusing on distributed computing across networks of machines.
IT professionals seeking contract work are more frequently looking to freelance marketplace sites such as Elance and oDesk to find contract-based assignments. To stand out among the sea of contractors, this article suggests, job seekers should showcase their employment background and portfolio, take the offered skills-assessment tests and carve out a niche that suits their strengths.