Beth StackpoleContributing writer, Computerworld

Beth Stackpole, a frequent Computerworld contributor, has reported on business and technology for more than 20 years. Disclosure: She also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.

The iPad takes on manufacturing

First it won accolades as the next killer consumer device. Then it slipped into the backpacks and briefcases of white-collar information workers, and now it's taking on manufacturing.

Your next job: Mobile app developer?

As market demand surges for apps to run on iOS and Android, companies are facing a dearth of mobile development talent. For IT professionals with programming skills, that gap represents a fresh opportunity to embark on a career makeover.