9 posts categorized "Computer/information"


Think Big (Data), counsels Sabre CEO Klein

Don’t think just travel when it comes to Sabre Holdings, the Southlake-based company that has long provided reservations and technical services to airlines and hotels. Think Big Data, says new CEO Tom Klein. Klein told a Dallas audience Thursday that the company handles about 85,000 data transactions every second for its customers, which include users of the Travelocity online reservations website. Collecting, analyzing and interpreting that data to help the 70 airlines Sabre does business with and the 100,000 individual hotels in its reservations system, he says, is what will help them in their businesses and keep Sabre’s services in demand.

Klein made his comments at the Dallas Regional chamber’s annual State of Technology luncheon. He was named Sabre’s CEO in August and has been with the company about 20 years. The company employs about 3,500 people in North Texas.

-- Jim Fuquay


Thomson Reuters to close Fort Worth office

Thomson Reuters, a news and information services company, will close its downtown Fort Worth office in the spring, although it said "the vast majority" of the 308 affected employees will be offered positions in its Carrollton office or given the chance to work from home. Five will see their positions eliminated at the company's tax and accounting  unit, Reuters said in a notice to the Texas Workforce Commission. The anticipated closing date for the office in the Burnett Plaza building at 801 Cherry St. is about April 30, 2014. The company said about 62 of the affected workers are eligible for a severance package and can take it if they choose not to relocate.

Thomson Reuters moved into Burnett Plaza in 2000 when it consolidated two previous Fort Worth offices. It established a Fort Worth presence when it acquired Practitioners Publishing, which serves accountants.

-- Jim Fuquay


THR, physician group picked for Medicare program

Texas Health Resources, one of North Texas' largest hospital groups, and North Texas Specialty Physicians said today they were selected to participate in a new federal effort to treat Medicare patients using a collaborative system called an Accountable Care Organization. Arlington-based THR and the Fort Worth-based physicians' group are among 32 organizations nationwide that will operate under Medicare's Pioneer ACO Model, which aims to provide more coordinated care at lower cost. THR and NTSP said they already use a health information exchange that allows them to share patient records electronically. The only other Texas party in the Pioneer program is Seton Health Alliance in Austin.

Jim Fuquay


TPG Growth, SurveyMonkey team for acquisition

TPG Growth, with offices in Fort Worth, said today that together with web-based survey firm SurveyMonkey it has agreed to buy MarketTools Inc., which provides software for market research. Terms were not disclosed. TPG, part of the big TPG Capital  private equity firm, will retain San Francisco-based MarketTools' lines of business that focuses on custom market research and customer feedback. SurveyMonkey will take MarketTools' operations that include online surveying, sampling and data quality. TPG Growth says it has $3 billion under management.

-- Jim Fuquay


Mouser Electronics, Gaylord Texan, others, put jobs on display at Chamber's Job Links

Mouser Electronics has been hiring a lot lately. The Mansfield company, owned by Berkshire Hathaway unit TTI, has 980 employees in Mansfield and hired 300 there last year.

The company has 60 openings currently, including 47 in Mansfield. The openings are in distribution, call center, IT, finance and accounting, and marketing, Paula Holcomb, Mouser vice president of human resources, told members of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce's Job Links Excelerator, a private monthly meetup of employers who have open jobs and organizations like universities and nonprofits that have candidate pools.

"We literally have positions across the board," Holcomb told the Job Links crowd, which met today at the Dee Kelly Alumni Center at TCU. To apply: www.mouser.com/careers

Other openings on display at at Wednesday's meeting:

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine. Hiring for 300 seasonal and 200 other positions. The Gaylord last month began hiring for its big annual Ice holiday show. Openings include everything from Ice characters - Shrek is available - to accounting, human resources, and cooks. To apply: Gaylord's careers page.

Northwestern Mutual Financial Corp., Fort Worth. Wants to bring 26 financial advisers and a large number of interns on. Bachelor's degree required. To apply: deanna.stuart@nmfn.com

Edward Jones Investments. Bringing on more than 15 financial advisers in the Fort Worth area, and "several more" in the surrounding areas. Paid training for industry-required licenses. No degree required, "but preferred." To apply: Jake Richter, 817-870-1528

Pappagallo, fulltime assistant manager, Hulen Mall. To apply: Lisa Dickinson, sundance@pappagallo-classiques.com

ImageNet Consulting, two consultants. To apply: Craig Hill, chill@imagenetos.com

Whitley Penn, certified payroll processor. Associates degree required. To apply: send resume to opportunities@wpcpa.com

Larry Dennis Co., furniture wholesaler, Fort Worth. Sales and marketing position. How to apply: Larry Dennis, ldctx@att.net

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, unpaid interns in development, design, human resources, accounting, membership, science, and history. To apply: fwmuseum.org

LKCM Radio Group, Fort Worth, account executive. To apply: Gina Dobbs, 817-332-0959

Imagetek Office Systems, Fort Worth. Two sales directors. Bachelors required. To apply: Chris Golla, cgolla@imagetekos.com

SafeHaven of Tarrant County. Cook, parttime client advocate, parttime bilingual client advocate, crisis interventionist, parttime sales associate, bilingual children case manager. To apply: SafeHaventc.org

Firestone Complete Auto Care, Roanoke. Fort Worth district manager. Salary $40,000-$100,000. To apply: firestonecompleteautocare.com

State Farm Insurance, Fort Worth. Agents. Paid training. To apply: Sarah Peck, 972-983-8475 or sarah.peck.luoj@statefarm.com

Barney Holland Oil Co., Fort Worth. Executive assistant, $35,000 salary. To apply: send resume to Fina Cardwell, fcardwell@fuelmandfw.com. Real estate experience and bilingual "a plus." Must have expert Microsoft Office skills, excellent verbal and written communications skills, "be able to think outside of the box."

Triumph Aerostructures-Vought Aircraft Division, Dallas. Hiring recruiters. To apply: www.triumphgroup.com/careers/overview

Tom Thumb, Grapevine. Meat cutter, cake decorator, food service. To apply: www.careersatsafeway.com and click on retail.

Robert Half International-OfficeTeam, administrative, human resource, executive assistants. To apply: OfficeTeam.

Pearl Hospitality, Fort Worth. Hiring several human development strategists. To apply, Camille Zihlman, camille@pearlhospitality.com

- Scott Nishimura 


Solana developer in lease negotiations to relocate San Diego software company

Here's Star-Telegram real estate reporter Sandy Baker's print story from today's paper on Solera Holdings, the San Diego software company that wants to relocate to Tarrant County.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


Hmmm...Looks like we found the software company moving to Tarrant County

Puzzle Solana DFW JobLog blogged yesterday, and had in the Star-Telegram's Work & Money section today, that a San Diego software company wants to move to Tarrant County. We didn't have the name of the company yesterday, or so we thought.

Turns out reporter Lee Graham  at one of our suburban sister papers quoted the Westlake town manager on Tuesday as saying Solera Holdings of San Diego plans to move its headquarters to Westlake's Solana development.

Assuming there aren't two San Diego software companies plotting the same move, Graham may have found the one.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

(Photo: Solana development)


Software design firm moving to Fort Worth area from California

A San Diego-based computer software design company is planning a move to the Fort Worth area, a Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce executive said Wednesday.

The Star-Telegram's real estate reporter, Sandy Baker, reports David Berzina, the chamber’s executive vice president of economic development, declined to name the company in a talk to a business group, saying an official announcement will be made in less than a month.

The company’s software is used in the auto repair industry, he said.

Initially, about 40 jobs from the West Coast will relocate to the Fort Worth area, but as many as 400 will be added during a three-phased move in the next two years. Those jobs will be filled by employees who choose to relocate, or with new hires, Berzina said.

Company executives are already buying homes in North Texas, Berzina said.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


Texas' student career interests don't match up with projected job supply, ACT says

Grad Gifts 09 Are students prepared for college and careers?

That's the question ACT asks in its new "Condition of College & Career Readiness 2010" report. In Texas, as across the nation, many students fall short of ACT benchmarks for college readiness. And not enough are interested in the careers where there will be the most demand for new workers in the decade ending 2018, ACT says.

Click here to view the report's Texas summary.

In Texas, here's the report's data on percent of projected annual job openings requiring at least a two-year college degree, and the percentage of 2010 ACT-tested high school graduates interested in those jobs:

* Education: 20 percent of job openings, 10 percent of grads interested.

* Management: 11 percent of job openings, 8 percent of grads interested.

* Computer/information specialties: 10 percent of job openings, 2 percent of grads interested.

* Marketing and sales: 8 percent of job openings, 2 percent of grads interested.

* Healthcare: 7 percent of job openings, 8 percent of grads interested.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


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