16 Steps Every Tech Professional Can Take To ‘Recession-Proof’ Their Career

While the tech industry tends to be more resilient in the face of recession than others, no industry is wholly immune from economic downturns. Even with technology becoming an increasing necessity in the wake of Covid-19, tech companies have still experienced layoffs, adjustments and other shocks to the system.

That’s why it’s vital for tech professionals to “recession-proof” their skills and their careers as far as possible. Below, the members of Forbes Technology Council share 16 things those working in the tech industry can do to protect themselves from the impacts of an economic downturn.

1. Master cloud-based skills.

Companies are rapidly shifting to a “cloud-first” strategy, and they are looking for employees who have cloud expertise. Update your skills to ensure you have cloud certifications and experience with

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Kate Middleton Steps in Front of the Camera as She Reopens Her Favorite Museum in Glam Appearance

Kensington Palace Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton has some wildlife news of her own! Just days after Prince William launched his new environmental prize, Kate has announced that she will take part in a special awards show on Tuesday.

In a new video, Kate heralds the fact that London’s Natural History Museum — home to dinosaur skeletons and graphic presentations of the world’s creatures and geography — is open for business after it closed earlier this year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Kate, who loves to take her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to the museum, which is a short distance from their Kensington Palace home, will take part in a virtual awards ceremony for the wildlife photographer of the year.

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Realme 7 Pro review: One step forward, two steps back

Realme’s rapid cycle of iteration means that you can expect a new mid-range flagship every few months. Unfortunately, Realme’s definition of rapid iteration involves adding a few features, while taking away others. This time around, the Realme 7 Pro adds faster 65W charging but switches up the camera set up. 

How well does the Realme 7 Pro fare as a successor to the Realme 6 Pro, and more importantly, is this the phone to get in the ultra-competitive mid-range segment? Let’s find out in the Android Authority review of the Realme 7 Pro.

Realme 7 Pro

The Realme 7 Pro brings class leading 65W charging to a mid-range price point while delivering on essentials like a decent camera set up, enough performance and a well-optimized but bloatware ridden software experience.

About this review: I wrote this Realme 7 Pro review after spending a week with the phone as my primary

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3 Steps To Meeting Your Data Residency Requirements

Organizations around the world must keep data in a particular location for legal, regulatory, contractual or policy requirements. Data residency requirements are paramount to staying compliant and AWS provides edge infrastructure and services that move data processing and analysis as close to the end-point as necessary. Whatever your data residency need, it’s covered by AWS at the Edge, including a hybrid solution, AWS Outposts. 

Read on to discover: 

  • What drives the need for data residency 
  • How to define your data residency requirements and meet security demands 
  • How AWS Outposts can meet your data residency challenges 

Three main data residency drivers

Regulatory requirements: Some businesses and public sector bodies must store or process data in a particular geographical location, to comply with legislative or regulatory demands. 

Contractual requirements: Organizations may have contractual agreements with their customers that require data to be stored or processed in

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IBM’s Spinoff and Restructuring Plans Look Like Steps in the Right Direction

As a long-time critic of the company, I’ll be the first to say that IBM (IBM) still faces its share of competitive and secular pressures. But the planned spinoff of Big Blue’s managed IT infrastructure services business is encouraging news.

First, the managed infrastructure business — though said by IBM to have a $60 billion-plus backlog and more than twice the scale of its nearest rival — is clearly struggling. IBM’s “infrastructure & cloud services” revenue, which is reported within its Global Technology Services (GTS) segment, was down 7% annually in Q2, 6% in Q1 and 5% in Q4. And this is in spite of the fact that this revenue also covers the IBM Cloud public cloud services unit, which appears to be growing.

Secular headwinds — specifically, the adoption of cloud infrastructure platforms much larger than IBM’s, such as AWS and Microsoft Azure — are clearly a factor here.

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Astronaut Steps Down From Mission For ‘Personal Reasons’

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  • Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson has stepped down from Boeing’s 2021 crewed flight test
  • In a Twitter video, Ferguson stressed his dedication to the Starliner program and said it was a difficult decision
  • He will be replaced by a veteran NASA astronaut, giving the mission an all-NASA crew

The commander of the 2021 crewed Boeing flight test has stepped down from his position for “personal reasons.” He will be replaced by another veteran astronaut.

NASA and Boeing announced on Wednesday that astronaut Chris Ferguson will no longer be the commander of next year’s Boeing Crew Flight Test to the International Space Station (ISS). In their respective statements, both NASA and Boeing said Ferguson decided to step down from the mission for “personal reasons” but did not go into further details.

In a video Ferguson shared on Twitter, he stressed his dedication to the Starliner program, saying it was a

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Veteran astronaut steps down from long-delayed Boeing commercial crew test flight

Christopher Ferguson, commander of the final space shuttle flight and now a Boeing executive, has stepped down as commander of the first piloted test flight of the company’s troubled CST-100 Starliner commercial spacecraft, he and Boeing announced Wednesday. He has been replaced by NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore.

“I’m taking on a new mission, one that keeps my feet planted here firmly on Earth and prioritizes my most important crew — my family,” Ferguson tweeted. “I’ll still be working hard with the #Starliner team and the @NASA_Astronauts on our crew.”

In a video attached to the tweet, Ferguson, 59 and a father

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San Antonio Utility Taking Steps Into An Ultra-Green Future

Students of energy policy have long been familiar with the cry from activists: Government shouldn’t pick the winners and losers.

But the environmental movement, albeit with good intentions, is quite often guilty of that. Collectively, the environmentalists have told the electric utility industry, with varying degrees of vehemence, “We want wind and solar.”

As an afterthought, some environmentalists have acknowledged that there are other options, most notably nuclear and improved storage, and there is the possibility of new technologies or huge improvements in the known ones.

These deserve a hearing in the great sea change now taking place in electricity production.

Overselling Alternatives

Electric utilities want to reduce and end carbon emissions. But right now, they’re struggling with the overselling

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4 Steps To Improve The Accuracy Of Virtual Interviews

There is no shortage of quotes about success in business.

“A vision without a strategy remains an illusion.” … “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” … “Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.” …

The list goes on and each has merit. Yet none of them work without talented people. It is the people you hire who ultimately determine the success of your strategy, culture, marketing, innovation, and all else you do.

Surprisingly, our ability to identify talent continues to be less than sufficient. A 1998 study found that traditional interviews only have 50% accuracy. Things haven’t gotten better since then. In my book The Empowered Candidate, I share a recent study by Gallup that found when interviewing for management positions, we make the wrong hiring decision 82% of the time.

With the current shift toward remote work, and therefore more virtual interviews, accurately assessing

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google probe by house panel nears final steps

House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Chair David Cicilline, D-RI, speaks during a hearing on “Online Platforms and Market Power” in the Rayburn House office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 29, 2020.

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Congress’ more than year-long investigation into four of the world’s most valuable tech companies is nearing its final stages, paving the way for new legal proposals that could drastically alter antitrust enforcement in the U.S. for the years to come.

On Thursday, the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust held its seventh and final hearing in a series examining the health of competition in digital markets and the business practices of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. The event was not as splashy as the subcommittee’s July hearing featuring the four tech CEOs and it also took about half the time.

But the nitty-gritty legal questions

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