Techwire's Reading List: Smart Reads and Views, Curated

In searching for Techwire news, we come across lots of items that are worth mentioning. Here are a few articles we’ve come across that you may find interesting and/or useful.

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5 Steps to Influence Change: When trying to effect change, whether in the corporate world, government or politics, one must understand the culture and the values of one’s target audience. Teri Takai, executive director of the Center for Digital Government,* spoke with Workflow Quarterly about how to succeed as a technology leader, best strategies for digitizing workflows, and what she thinks government CIOs should focus on moving forward. 

Tracking digital footprints: Those who work in cybersecurity and fraud detection can’t always talk about their work publicly, but Jon Coss of Pondera Solutions opens up in a blog post involving sports, fraud and big bucks. It's set in Sacramento, and the headline foreshadows the tale: "A King's Ransom." 

Win promotions and influence people: Not everyone wants a title with "chief" as the first word, and not everybody aspires to corporate leadership. But for those determined to climb the ladder to the top, LinkedIn editors offer some insights on how to win that C-suite job.

These disparities do not compute: Are you a computer systems analyst working for government? Sorry, you're among those being paid less than your private-sector counterparts. The Sacramento Bee's "State Worker" column has more insights into the comparisons between public and private pay. 

The writing on the wall: A well-known name in the industry has a new prediction: Within the next three years, more than half of today's government IT jobs will no longer exist. Knowing that, the time to start adapting is now. 

You can un-memorize the formula now: Since time immemorial (or so it seems), algebra students have struggled to memorize and use the quadratic equation. On the theory that music helps memory, there's even been a song written about it. And now comes the news that all those hours may have been unnecessary, as Technology Review explains in this eye-opening piece.  

*The Center for Digital Government is part of e.Republic, Techwire's parent company.

Dennis Noone is Managing Editor of Techwire. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in the Northern California foothills.