Profile of Johanna AmbrosioTech Journalist
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Johanna Ambrosio is an award-winning freelance writer specializing in business and technology. She has been a reporter and an editor in the computer industry for over 25 years, covering virtually every technology topic, starting with 'office automation' in the 1980s, as well as management issues including ROI and how to attract and retain talent. Her work has appeared online and in print, in publications including Application Development Trends, Government Computer News, Crain's New York Business, Investor's Business Daily, InformationWEEK, and the Metrowest Daily News. She formerly worked at Computerworld, for which she held various positions, including online director. She holds a B.S. in technical writing from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y., now the Tandon School of Engineering of New York University. She lives with her husband in a Boston suburb. Johanna's samples of her work are at https://www.clippings.me/jambrosio.
Articles by Johanna Ambrosio
Luckily, more options exist to help both companies and their individual employees get up to speed on new IT skills quickly.
Strategies for recruiting IT talent are changing rapidly, and it's not just about challenges. There are opportunities and benefits as well.
In today's market you'll need to find experienced IT people differently than you have in the past. IT leaders and other experts talk about how they do it.
Hiring IT pros these days calls for new approaches to get closer to candidates and to make your company stand out as the best option.
Managers hiring DevOps talent are shifting their focus from demanding specific technical skills to specific tools to how a candidate thinks and works.
When the competition for IT job candidates with specialized skills gets tough, look for experience but also be ready to pay a premium and toss some perks into the offer basket.
Greg Newton, vice president of technology at Asurion, says his company is now producing five, or even more, software releases each week – all thanks to a new development approach.
Greg Hoffer, vice president of engineering at GlobalScape, says that sometimes customers get so caught up in the cloud's fast-and-easy mantra they don't fully think out the security implications for their data.
Andi Mann, chief technology advocate at Splunk, is a big proponent of 'observability' – knowing what's happening with all systems, services and apps to be able to fix and, eventually, prevent problems.
EA planning helps link IT with business users, especially for digital transformation projects, according to a recent CompTIA survey.
From privacy breaches to ERP blunders and everything in between, there are lessons to be learned.
Why not have mini versions of the CIA's investment arm for many federal agencies?
While there has been some progress by individual agencies, last year's D+ on the FISMA report card still stands.
With RFID use in the military going through the roof, I have to wonder about the security ramifications of a technology that hasn't yet been put through its full paces.
American citizens are confused about the whole E-health thing, and it's time to get them some help to understand the choices they will need to make.
The hardest part of their municipal Wi-Fi deal is behind Philadelphia and EarthLink, now that they've agreed on the rules of the road.
Low federal turnover rates, coupled with little demand for IT jobs at the federal level, means there aren't a lot of options for would-be job-hoppers.
The Linux camp objects to the method used by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team to count Linux vulnerabilities.
Although most business customers don't officially use "raw" Linux products and so aren't in imminent danger, security experts say the situation makes it worth double-checking your software version levels and making sure the techies aren't bringing unpatched Linux products onto the network.
Two transportation-security projects have yielded vastly different results thus far. One big difference is an outside contractor's level of involvement.
It's doubtful that, in the wake of Massachusetts' open-source missteps, anyone in a state IT organization will have the courage to suggest state-wide adoption of open-source software for quite some time.
If a new study is correct, the feds will be spending a lot of money over the next year on information sharing and management. Let me say: hooray.
Are there too many cooks in the national e-healthcare kitchen? Johanna Ambrosio worries we may be frittering away a great opportunity to create a coherent infrastructure.
It's time for government users to do some contingency planning just in case BlackBerry service is shut down, something Johanna Ambrosio sees as an increasingly real scenario. The good news: alternatives do exist.
To make federal IT as effective and efficient as that in the private sector, something needs to change. The question is: what now?
Virginia's massive outsourcing deal will succeed or fail pretty much on one metric: how well it does at providing e-services for its citizens.
Why should nonemergency government workers have their BlackBerry service if the rest of us are cut off?
It's time for states to put programs in place that can help reduce e-trash, before it becomes yet another environmental crisis for future generations to have to clean up.
Why spending cuts can be good, and opinion on other top government stories of the past week.
Why are so many federal government IT projects in trouble, and what can be done? Here are some suggestions.
The DisabilityInfo.gov site is a model for others in the government to follow, not just for what it does but for how it does so.
Cities need the flexibility to try whatever they and their citizens deem to be in their best interests, without interference from Congress or any other group.
Military blogs serve many purposes--for both the individual soldier and society at large--and there is a way of balancing operational security and freedom of speech.
Welcome to the new look of Government Enterprise. Here's what's behind the changes.