Which IT Jobs are in High Demand

High Demand for Which IT jobs

CIOs and HR Managers are asking the question which IT jobs are in high demand.  Janco found that

  • Android continues to dominate the development market while Apple iPhone and iPad job market is slow.
  • STEM-related work skyrockets as startups embrace the Internet of Things, with hardware and software jobs seeing double-digit growth.
  • Small businesses look to content marketing as Google’s algorithm updates significantly alters the SEO processes for companies of all sizes.
  • Demand for 3D printing-related jobs has increased significantly.
  • More small businesses are turning to freelancers for their financeaccounting, and corporate identity jobs.
  • FacebookTwitter, and YouTube marketing falter as algorithm updates and slow growth rates plague the social networks.

In an interview of the CEO Janco Associates, Inc. the following questions were  asked and answered.

Where are the fastest growing Internet jobs found?

The fastest growing internet jobs are in the San Francisco and Palo Alto area. That is were most of the new creative ideas are coming from.

What is the surprising trend in the tech sector?

The real surprise is how rapidly data driven HTML is taking hold.  Hiring has been strong in this area for several months.

The fastest growing internet jobs are in the San Francisco and Palo Alto area. That is were most of the new creative ideas are coming from.

Where will the jobs be going forward?

Job growth will be in the conversion of legacy based web systems to take advantage of social media and responsive code.

How do Android developers and programmers fare compared to Apple iPhone and iPad?

Android is doing much better than iOS because of its open architecture and the lack of NEW advancements from Apple.  Steve Jobs is sorely missed as Apple does not have an individual or group of individuals who have the same kind of vision as he did.

How do the layoffs at HP and Microsoft impact the IT job market?

The layoffs are a drag on the market, but only slightly.  Both companies are legacy corporation and are going thru the same stagnation that IBM did when the PC came out.  The question of  will these companies thrive in the new market is if the can adapt.  In the cases of HP and Microsoft it long term growth will be based on what competitive advantage the can present.

In the near term, there will continue to be additional adverse impacts in metro area (and countries) where there is a high reliance on jobs from both of those companies.

Why are these layoff significant and what do they indicate about the tech sector overall?

These layoffs are significant in that they show that both of these companies are mature organizations that need to focus on productivity and new product development.  However they both are at the point that companies like Polaroid and Xerox were when their markets had matured and competitive advancements made “record growth” almost impossible to succeed.

Most jobs are created by new smaller companies — ie Google and Facebook.

Why have 3d printing-related jobs increased?

That is a market that will grow over time, however the  “killer” “must have” application of the technology has yet to be seen.

What skills and specialties are in demand now in the tech sector?

Data driven web application skills.  Also the expansion of wifi security with the move to more mobile computing.

Which companies are better to work for and why? What perks do they offer?

The best companies to work for, if you can find them, are those that are implementing new apps utilizing social media and data.  Brick and mortar corporations will continue to be stressed as operating cost increase and the focus is on reduced costs.  Those companies will continue to merge with others, reduce the total number of jobs, and not be very innovative.

What jobs are available?

  • Enterprise Architecture designers who understand how computing will be done in the future
  • Html developers who understand good GUI that is responsive to the device that is being utilized
  • Project managers
  • Programmer analysts with strong business backgrounds.
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Top 10 Technology Lay Offs in 2014

Top 10 Technology Lay Offs in 2014

Top 10 Technology Lay Offs in 2014 have been in major corporations.  The lay offs have impacted 65,800 and are:

  1. Microsoft 18,000
  2. HP 18,000
  3. Siemens Unify 7,700
  4. SAP 6,000
  5. IBM 6,000
  6. Intel 5,000
  7. Dell 2,500
  8. Sprint 1,500
  9. NetApp 600
  10. Juniper Networks 500

These corporations continue to shed jobs as the IT market changes to be more focused on Cloud applications and user mobility.  It is not clear that these organizations will continue to be industry leaders.

Notably absent from this list are companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter.  We feel these organizations will replace the old legacy organizations as industry leaders.



Top 10 indicators that you are about to be fired

Top 10 indicators that you are about to be fired

Circumstance often make CIO and It Managers oblivious to the clues they are about to be fired.  These circumstances include:

  • An improving economy
  • A jam-packed schedule
  • Total inward focus to the IT function
  • A shift in the enterprise’s strategic direction that the IT group is reacting to

In these circumstance there are 10 warning signs that CIOs and IT managers need to be aware of as they are the top 10 indicators that you are going to be fired or your position is going to be eliminated:

  1. You are excluded from important email and distribution lists
  2. You are asked to self-evaluate your performance
  3. You are given a list of things that you must do as they relate to you interpersonal and managerial skills
  4. Your access to key individuals becomes more difficult
  5. Your boss will not discuss long-term projects and budgets
  6. Rumors fly about organizational change that you are not aware of
  7. When you approach peers, they stop their conversations
  8. You are assigned a new direct manager who will guide you
  9. You asked to justify your job functions
  10. Your supervisor suddenly assigns task directly to your employees

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IT Staffing 2015

IT staffing 2015

IT staffing companies and researchers released a flurry of information as the  first half of the year ended.  2015 is looking great for job-hunting IT pros, specifically if they have coveted capabilities. IT work numbers are increasing, companies are forging ahead with working with strategies, and CIOs are confident regarding working with budget plans. Here come the numbers.

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IT employment: Improving

IT work remains to climb up, says a cooperation of IT and design companies. On year-over-year basis, IT employment has actually expanded by 3.2 % since June 2013, adding 144,200 IT workers, the alliance reports. IT employment has actually been on an upward velocity for time. Provided the low joblessness rate in lots of IT and engineering occupations, we are in the stage of labor market cycle where future growth is more likely to be constrained by a poor supply of ability rather than by need.

Compensation: Salaries inch up.

On the income front, the news declares– though just partially. In between June 2013 and June 2014, the complete mean compensation for all IT specialists raised 0.33 % from $79,112 to $79,376, based on Janco Associates IT Salary Survey. “This puts general compensation back at the degrees they went to in January 2008 and 2007,” the firm specifies. In midsize companies, the mean overall compensation raised from $75,727 to $76,241, and in big enterprises, median compensation increased from $82,498 to $82,511.

Working with plans: Favorable

Inquired about working with prepare for the next 6 months, 14 % of CIOs claimed they prepare expand their teams in the last half of 2014. (When asked the same inquiry at the start of 2014, 16 % were intending to add additional team to their departments.) One more 76 % expect to hire simply for open IT functions, compared to 67 % in the initial six months of the year. On the other hand, the number of CIOs which prepare to place a hang on hiring is declining– 8 %, compared with 15 % in the previous questionnaire. Merely 1 % expect to reduce their IT staffing levels (as compared to 2 % at the start of 2014). RHT polled 2,400 CIOs from 24 markets for its six-month hiring overview.

IT head count: Rising

Computer Economics anticipates a net positive gain for IT headcount. Majority (53 %) of IT companies are enhancing IT team headcount this year in “one of the most favorable indication for IT task development since the start of the recession,” according to the company’s new IT Investing and Staffing Standards research study. (Thirty-one percent record no adjustments to headcount, and 17 % anticipate head count to lower.).

Finding skills: Challenging.

Among the CIOs surveyed, 61 % claimed it’s rather or very challenging to locate skilled IT professionals. The areas where it’s hardest to locate skillful ability are applications development (cited by 17 %), networking (17 %) and protection (12 %). When asked which skills sets are in greatest demand within their IT departments, CIOs called out network management (57 %), data source administration (52 %), and desktop computer assistance (52 %).

Open Positions: On the rise.

A healthier employing picture is putting pressure on staffing, according to Dice’s semi-annual working with study. Amongst 700 participants, 59 % stated some placements are going unfilled because of income. Tech pros looking for the right position and the right pay: 32 % of hiring managers and employers said a lot more tech prospects are turning down firm job offers, as as compared to six months earlier; and 61 % said candidates are requesting for even more cash, as as compared to six months ago.

Looking Around: IT pros looking.

IT pros surveyed, 40 % are definitely seeking new work.

Incomes: CIOs and CTOs greatest paid.

Baseding on Mondo’s annual innovation income overview, 32 % of working with managers plan to increase their IT budget plans in the following 12-18 months. The company additionally stated the top five technology jobs with the highest salaries in 2014: CIOs and CTOs ($150,000-$230,000); main gatekeeper ($135,000-$200,000); boosted fact expert ($70,000-$175,000); application designer ($130,000-$170,000); and Scala developer ($115,000-$170,000).

Cloud Based Disaster Recovery

Cloud Based Disaster Recovery

Cloud based disaster recoveryCloud based disaster recovery is all the rage. May Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity experts are pushing this cloud solution because:

  • It is very easy to get the process going – There is little if any investment in hardware, plus most service providers say they are secure and offer automated process to upload the data.
  • It is flexible and not very inexpensive – The user has the option to determine what is backup and how frequently.  It is a very scalable solution.
  • It simplifies the disaster recovery environment – It provides a way to use the same architecture across environments minimizing training and maximizing support.
  • It provides management consistency – With a single remote platform the disaster recovery and business continuity staffs can modify and test without impacting day-to-day operations.

Businesses are using the cloud based disaster recovery to enable faster business continuityof their critical IT systems without incurring the infrastructure expense of a second physical site. The cloud supports many popular disaster recovery (DR) architectures from “pilot light” environments that are ready to scale up at a moment’s notice to “hot standby” environments that enable rapid fail-over. With data centers in multiple regions around the world, cloud based disaster recovery  enables rapid recovery of your IT infrastructure and data.

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CIO Tenure is 4 years 4 months

CIO Tenure 4 years 4 months

In a survey of companies in the United States, South America, and Europe Janco has found that newly hired CIOs jobs are not very secure in the current economic conditions. The CEO of Janco, Victor Janulaitis said, “We have seen a fairly steady change in the roles and successes of CIOs. We conducted a preliminary review of CIO turnover in a number of companies. The companies were of all sizes and our preliminary results are that the median length of employment was approximately 4 years and 4 month.” He added, “There are a fair number of CIOs who have been in their positions for over 7 years, many of them are close to retirement age but have retirement portfolios that are not as large as they had hoped. As a result we feel that many of these executive will defer their retirements for at least one to two years. That is not a good sign for the next level down who want to be promoted.”

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Top 10 issues that are causing friction between business users and the CIO

Top 10 issues that are causing friction between business users the CIO

Top 10 Issues — In a recent round of discussions with CIO Janco identified the top 10 issues that are causing poor relations between the CIO (IT department) and many business users.  They are:

  1. Gaps in customer satisfaction and the perceived value of services
  2. Excessive bureaucracy in dealings with IT by users
  3. Slowness in adapting and implementing new technology solutions
  4. Dissatisfaction with charge-back systems that are arbitrary and do not reflect business value
  5. Inadequate IT support, which decreases productivity and revenue
  6. Lack of communication and ownership in how business users and IT work together to identify service levels and technology needs
  7. Unexplained outages of services
  8. Too many IT professionals who do not understand the business
  9. Systems that are not user friendly
  10. Technology that gets in the way of the business

IT Infrastructure Architecture

IT Infrastructure Architecture

Janco has just announced the availability of it IT Infrastructure Architecture tool along with 24 months of updates to all of its components. The statement released by Janco said that, “…over the next several months Janco will be updating its product offerings to include an extended update services.  This is a part of Janco’s commitment to provide its customers with the tools they need in such a way that the customers will be able to be as current as possible with all of latest offerings at a lower overall cost.”

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IoT Challenges for CIOs

Internet of Things (IoT) Challenges for CIOs

The Internet of Things (IoT) is more than internet enabled sensors and analytics. Now the question is what happens once these tools are a part of products sold and used by the general public. The implications are, potentially, huge.

Internet of Things (IoT) ChallengesSecurity, privacy and inter-device compatibility are issues that CIOs are concerned about. There is a very good chance that the device can be remotely controlled, monitored, updated and maintained using remote management tools, sensors and predictive analytics that continually collect device data that can identify problems before they happen.

n a recent study that Janco conducted findings showed that over 2/3rds of the concerns that CIOs, CFOs, and CEOs were concerned about data security, information privacy and compliance requirements.   That on top of the potential for liability when IoTs are out in the public environment and they fail is a major issue that needs to be addressed. Granted most of these devices are not critical in life or death situations.  However, there can be property loss when a device fails, does not have the current BIOS or software, or is used in an inappropriate manner. In addition the implications on data storage in order to meet the mandated records management requirements have not been understood to their fullest.

The importance of having good policies in place can not be stressed enough.  Everything from data privacy to change control needs to be considered as IoT becomes the next wave of innovation.

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Security lacking at SEC

Security lacking at SEC according to GAO

Security is  not as good as it should be at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  The SEC needs to strengthen its information security and better control access to one of its financial systems, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The GAO said financial data became vulnerable during a migration to a new production environment because the SEC did not appropriately monitor the company handling the transfer.

Specifically, SEC did not consistently provide adequate contractor oversight and implement an effective risk management process during the migration to the new production environment at its data center in June 2013,” the report states. “SEC relied on a contractor to migrate the key financial system to a new production environment, which included the completion of critical security-related tasks.

However, “SEC officials did not review the system’s security and project migration plans to verify that security-related roles, resources and responsibilities were identified,” the GAO report states.

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The GAO also said the system has weaknesses in access controls, configuration and patch management, separation of duties, and disaster recovery planning. Although GAO proposed two recommendations in its public report, a separate report with limited distribution outlined 49 actions SEC officials need to take to address the weaknesses.

At the time of the migration, our new automated system compliance oversight tools were not yet fully deployed to that particular environment,” SEC officials wrote in response. “The appropriate level of attention was not applied to a contractor oversight during the migration of the financial system identified in your report. As a result, that particular system was deployed without meeting our configuration requirements.

They went on to say the new system was immediately shut down and access reverted to the properly configured environment as soon as GAO alerted them to the issues.

SEC officials agreed that their risk management process needs to be strengthened but said the missteps during the migration were not a true indicator of their approach to security.

While we regret the lack of contractor oversight of the system migration, we remain confident that our layered defense architecture would have allowed us to detect and respond to attempted intrusions in a timely fashion, and our forensic investigation yielded no evidence of compromise to that system,” they wrote.

H-1B extension stuck due to Senate Democrat’s Immigration Reform Plans

H-1B extension stuck due to Senate Democrat’s Immigration Reform Plans

In a letter to the CEOs of Accenture, Amazon, Cisco, Deloitte, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Oracle, Durbin said an H-1B cap increase can only come as part of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Durbin’s letter is a response to concerns from comprehensive immigration reform proponents that House Republicans, at the urging of the tech lobby, may try to push a standalone H-1B hike.

In June last year, the Senate approved a comprehensive immigration bill that raises the base 65,000 H-1B cap to 115,000. The bill also includes an escalator that can raise it to 180,000. The visa limit for advanced degree graduates of U.S. universities would rise from 20,000 to 25,000 and be restricted to STEM grads.

On the same day the Senate took its final vote on immigration reform, the House Judiciary Committee approved a standalone H-1B bill, the Skills Visa Act which would raise the base H-1B cap to 155,000, and the advanced degree cap to 40,000.

The Skills bill was approved without Democratic support, and the ability of the Republicans to get standalone legislation approved in the full House is in doubt. But even if Republicans succeed in getting something passed, Durbin is telling them that such a bill would go nowhere in the Senate.

Compete America, a major industry lobby group on immigration, earlier this month sent out a statement urging the House to approve the Skills bill. That statement seems to have angered Durbin.

The Senator thought that high tech was committed to supporting comprehensive immigration reform because the industry’s top priorities are addressed in that legislation.

Comprehensive immigration reform proponents have long believed that their path to success means linking an H-1B increase to the legalization of millions of undocumented people.

Offshore firms have been adding employees by the thousands as their revenues increase. Infosys (India based) led the list in 2013 with 6,298  visas approved, just edging out Tata (India based) which had 6258 visas approved last year.  Cognizant, a New Jersey-based IT services provider with major operations overseas, led the list in 2012 but dropped to 3rd. The company had 5,186 visas in 2013 versus 9,281 visas approved in 2012 versus 5,095 in 2011.

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H-1B Visas taken up by outsourcers

H-1B Visas are used by outsources who move US jobs overseas

Offshore outsourcing companies continued to make up the majority of the top H-1B visa users in 2013. This is based on the latest government data.

These offshore firms have been adding employees by the thousands as their revenues increase. Infosys (India based company) led the list in 2013 with 6,298  visas approved. They just edged out Tata (another India based) which had 6258 visas approved last year.  Cognizant, a New Jersey-based IT services provider with major operations overseas, led the list in 2012 but dropped to 3rd. The company had 5,186 visas in 2013 versus 9,281 visas approved in 2012 versus 5,095 in 2011.

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Working long hours is not healthy for employees

A recent Forbes.com article discussed the health concerns of employees working in excess of 8 hours per day and 60+ hours per week. Medical experts are seeing the signs of stress in employees who “binge work.” Heart disease and psychological stress are the leading causes of employees’ medical problems.  Further, binge-working can also have a disastrous effect on your family and social life away from work.

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Employees logging excessive hours also fall into unhealthy traps of over-eating, binge drinking (caffeinated and alcoholic beverages) and not following any type of exercise routine. Often, these unhealthy habits lead to employees with symptoms of exhaustion and depression, which in turn, increases their requests for sick leave. In some cases, binge working leads to poor(er) work performance than if the employee had simply worked a regular 40 hour work week.

You might believe technology is to blame – with employees accessing email and instant messages all hours of the day and night; responding to colleagues 24-7.
But is it really the root cause?

Younger employees, determined to make certain their future is secure with their current employer, often take to social media to document (brag about) their long hours. We’ve already seen news reports of deaths from working excessive hours in young banking and marketing professionals in Indonesia, China and the UK.

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Study Shows Demand for IT Job is Down

Demand for IT jobs down for key positions in the IT Infrastructure

In a recent article in Computerworld they showed the top 11 demanded positions in IT organizations.  That data (source BLS) also showed that the demand for only 4 of the 11 positions was down in year to year comparisons.  The chart below is extracted from the data presented in the article.

Granted the data is only thru 2012, but it agrees completely with what Janco Associates has been reporting for the last several quarters.

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Top 10 Data Security Risks for Cloud Storage

There is tremendous anxiety about security risks in the cloud. CIOs and CSOs worry whether they can trust their users (both internal and external to the enterprise)  or need to implement additional internal controls in the private cloud, and whether third-party providers can provide adequate protection in multi-tenant environments that may also store competitor data.

Security RisksThere are ten data security challenges in the cloud:

  1. Protection of confidential business, government, or regulatory data
  2. Detection of data breaches
  3. Coordination with the enterprise record management for document retention and destruction
  4. Cloud service models with multiple tenants sharing the same infrastructure
  5. Viability of the service provider in case of a business disruption or financial failure
  6. Data mobility and legal issues relative to such government rules as the EU Data Privacy Directive
  7. Lack of standards about how cloud service providers securely recycle disk space and erase existing data
  8. Auditing, reporting, and compliance concerns
  9. Loss of visibility to key security and operational intelligence that no longer is available to feed enterprise IT security intelligence and risk management
  10. An insider who does not even work for your company, but may have control and visibility into your data

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