Friday’s News Roundup

The San Francisco Chronicle named the Top 25 tech companies to work for, but apparently even dream jobs have their downsides. While many employees like their corporate culture, their technology, their perks and even their CEOs, the pay is often less-than-desired, hours are long and some places are downright stodgy. [SFGate]

More on IBM’s recent management changes: ChannelWeb says they signal the rise of software and services in Big Blue’s sales mix as hardware becomes more of a delivery vehicle. In the second quarter, the company’s Global Services operations generated $13.7 billion in revenue, while software accounted for $5.3 billion. Systems and Technology generated just $4 billion [ChannelWeb]

U.S. IT spending will improve during the second half of 2010, says Forrester Research. Specifically, the firm sees 2010’s total spending ending 9.9 percent higher than 2009’s, a revision upward from the 8.4 percent estimated in April. Driving the more optimistic view: the continued growth of the economy and the rise of "Smart Computing" platforms, such as service-oriented architecture, virtualization and analytics. [eWeek]
The Air Force plans to fill – or try to fill – 700 cybersecurity positions under an expedited hiring process, including specialists in cyber risk analysis, cyber strategy, malware and vulnerability analysis and detection, and enterprise architecture. The "Schedule A" approach allows the Air Force to proceed without posting or publicizing positions. Still, candidates can apply through Dare I suggest people who’ve been networking with Air Force and Defense professionals may have an edge? [InformationWeek]

How important is "meaningful use" to healthcare CIOs and tech executives? Eighty four percent say achieving it is their top priority. If you want to share information about the subject, CSC has set up an online community dedicated to meaningful use. [InformationWeek and CivSource]

Researchers say Americans are happiest in the morning, and their
moods sink lower as the day goes on. How can they tell? By following
tweets. They performed "sentiment analysis" on 300 million tweets
collected over about three years, and found moods are better outside of
the business day. Think of that as you head into your next meeting. [VentureBeat]

Microsoft will open a Technology Center in Southfield, Mich.,
to market its products to businesses and assist them in
troubleshooting. The company, which already has 200 employees in
Southfield, wouldn’t say how many might be added. [Crain’s Detroit Business]

— Mark Feffer