Backup Policy includes everthing that is need to be in full compliance with all mandated security requirement.
Backup Policy Updated as well as the CIO IT Infrastructure Policy Bundle. The policy has just been updated to take into account everything from GDPR to cloud storage and security implications.
The Backup Policy addresses the issues that you struggle with including:
How safe are your information assets in transit and at reset?
What protections are in place to prevent hacker access?
Does your backup and retention process meet all of your compliance requirements?
Who can gain access to your data?
What KPI metrics do you have in place?
Will the use of the data ensure successful recovery?
Managing backup and recovery in today’s environment is a multi-dimensional challenge with both near and long term business requirements. Recent technological developments in disk backup have had a positive impact on short term data retention requirements (see also BYOD policy). But these improvements do not replace the need to execute and deliver on a long term data retention strategy which includes:
Business and Regulatory Requirements Demand a Long-term Plan
Manage and Contain Your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Encrypt Your Data for Secure Long-term Retention
Weigh the Environmental Impacts and Minimize Power and Cooling Costs
Simplify Management of the Entire Solution
Best of Breed solution
A “Best of Breed” backup policy and strategy considers how to:
Back up critical application data – across mixed operating systems and storage configurations
Restore desktops and mobile users quickly
Restore systems to dissimilar hardware or virtual systems
Back up data and system information to off site locations, so that you can quickly recover your business even from a total loss of your facility
Leverage new cloud based backup offerings to properly secure, back up,and archive critical data.
Top 10 Interview Questions – As recruting for strong IT professionals, what are the questions that need to be asked. In Janco’s Interview and Hiring Guide there a many tips and best practices that should be followed. Incuded are a number of top 10 lists of things to do. The Top 10 Interview Questions are:
What is your greatest strength?
What is your greatest weakness?
How do you handle stress and pressure?
Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.
How do you evaluate success?
Why are you leaving or have left your job?
Why do you want this job?
Why should we hire you?
What are your goals for the future?
What makes you the best fit for our organization?
Other Interviewing tools
Each of these questions opens up the interview process and provides the interviewer an insight in to the candidate they are intervewing.
ncluded in the Guide are specific questions to ask in several areas including:
Position the candidate is interviewing for
Education and training
If this is a remote worker
Decision-making and creativity
Management and leadership
Non-work activities and interests
Questions that should be avoided
To make the recruiting and interviewing process meet the criteria set by world-class organizations, included are:
Questions the interviewer should be prepared to answer
Chief Experience Officer (CXO) Job Description. The Chief Experience Officer (CXO) drives the enterprise’s growth in the user experience arena. They oversee operations in all user experience sectors like marketing, image setting, mobile applications, social media, related technologies, and virtual goods, as well as web-based management and marketing.
The CXO is not only a user experience expert but also a seasoned marketing, brand, and product manager. As the role is transformational, the CXOs is responsible for the adoption of consistent user interfaces across the entire business. As with most senior executive titles, the responsibilities are set by the organization’s board of directors or other authority, depending on the organization’s legal structure.
The C-Level job description bundle contains the top eight (8) IT job descriptions. Each is between 5 to 8 pages long and is at the level of detail that KPI performance metrics can be defined and related directly to both employment contracts and compensation/bonus levels.
Chief Information Officer(CIO)
Chief Information Officer (CIO) – Small Enterprise
IT Job Market 2019 – in the first 4 months of the year the number of new IT jobs created exceeds 40K. That rate of growth is at a level that is beyond the number of individuals graduating from universities and trade schools.
IT Job Marker 2019 – April shows that 95,500 IT jobs heav been added in past 12 months. That is inspite of the loss of 29,600 job in Telecommunications
IT job market 2019 growth is at a pace that will be beyond anything that we have witnesses since the late 1960s.
A steady progression in the number of new IT job created has been consistent for the last two years. We do not see that changing for any time soon.
The areas where there has been the greatest inscrease in demand has been for those applictions that depend on remote users. For example, iOS and Andraoid applications which access big data are where there is a grea shortage of skilled IT Professionals. Add to that, the implications of cryptocurrency applications including blockchain and distributed ledger technology and you will find the disciplines that are the focus of new job creation.
In the course of analyzing data for our Mid Year IT Salary Survey, we found some interesting data on the Data Scientist position. First the individual who fill that role are on either coast . Few , if any, Data Scientist roles are in makets other than the technology centers. However, the median salaries for those postions is quite high.
Data Scientist median salary is around $210K. However the highest medias are San Francisco Bay area and Boston. Both of which is where there significant new product development.
Robotics and IoT specialists are in high demand and salaries are moving higher. Blockchain and DLP are also driving demand.
Robotics, Blockchain, and DLP processing are driving salaries
Any company that warehouses and/or ships componentsm manufactue dongles, perform testing, or fabricate materials has an opportunity to implement robotics. There are robots which can execute those tasks. In fact, it’s possible all of those operations could be served by the same robot.
The trend in industrial automation is task specific and can be customized and configured for an infinite number of deployment types. Companies which makes autonomous mobile robots for materials handling and picking & placing, can move materials in a warehouse just as easily as they can stock inventory in a logistics operation. When designing a lightweight pneumatic collaborative robot, manufactures have intentionally modeled it after a human arm, a nod to the range of tasks it was designed to perform.
The widest integration of collaborative robots has happened in industries like components handling. SMBs of all stripes are finding innovative ways to automate with collaborative robots.
The IoT – Robotics Specialist is tasked with being the primary focal point within the enterprise for the design, development, and implementation of service management process which conform with the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) within these technologies.
Low Unemployment is defined as being at 4% or less. There now are 35 states that have low unemployment.
There now are 35 states that have low unemployment. All but 6 of those states have unemployment rates lower this month than the same month last year.
When all factors are considered this is one of the best general job markets in a number of years. That is especially true for the IT job market that continues to expand as enterprises are investing heavily in technology.
There is still a forecast that says over 100,000 net new jobs will be created for IT professionals in 2019.
Blockchain job are hot
n a review of compensation for 12 comparable Blockchain related positions at a number of enterprises, Janco found that 10 of the positions surveyed had median salaries over $100K. The two positions that did not reach that threshold, were ones that have been around a while and are just now seeing the impact of blockchain. A Manager of Blockchain Architecture commands a median salary of $142,000, a Project Manager Blockchain is at $120,000, a Blockchain Analyst has a median salary of $123,500, and a Blockchain Developer commands $127,000. All at the upper end of salaries for IT Professionals.
Positions related to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Processing technology are all hot. Salaries are rising and demand fo seasoned professionals is hig.
Blockchain job description critical to making the right staffing decisions
Why and what is blockchain? Blockchain technology is the application of Internet transasction process and data base technology in a way to store and to verify integrity. It is, primarily, a technology that uses cryptocurrency. With that, it enhances the trustworthiness of the transactions. Transactions become unchangeable once they are entered in the blockchain database. This is valid for all the data that the users use and share.
Typically, the blockchain application works with the most popular cryptocurrency, known as Bitcoin. It is a virtual currency that application uses to keep track of all the transactions that take place on the blockchain network. The applications of a reliable database like this can be many, and they are not limited or restricted to finance only. Information Technology architects are actively engaged in working with the Blockchain Technology. In addition, these professionals are optimistic about finding new products or applications with blockchain. For example, after the successful implementation of a blockchain system, in all likelihood the application can be extended to suppliers and customers alike.
The Blockchain developer is responsible for developing innovative solutions to challenging problems, including command and control and high integrity solutions. Perform complex analysis, design, development, testing, and debugging of computer software for distinct product hardware or technical service lines of businesses. Perform software design, operating architecture integration, and computer system selection. Operate on multiple systems and apply knowledge of one or more platforms and programming languages.
The Blockchain developer is challenged with legacy infrastructure that will be the main obstacle to successful implementations. This is coupled with the challenges of technical understanding – the practicality of implementing decentralized cryptosystems that fall outside of the traditional IT development skill-set.
SME High Paid IT Pros all make over $100 according to Janco’s IT salary survey
SME high paid IT Pros in a job market that shows no sign slowing down. More companies are looking to invest in new technology. This results in high demand for can-do professionals. In additions salaries for these information technology professions is on the rise.
The highest paid IT Pros in the SME job market are all over $100,000. Janco predicts that the median salary for all IT Professionals in SMEs will be over $100,000 within the next year. The top paid individuals are:
Vice President – Chief Information Officer – $165,494
VP – Security (CSO) – $142,525
VP – Technical Services – $138,881
VP – Consulting Services – $138,213
Director – Systems & Programming – $133,190
VP – Information Services – $133,094
Director – Production/Data Center – $115,651
VP – Administration – $108,785
Project Manager – Distributed Systems – $107,203
Manager – Systems and Programming – $106,870
Comprehensive IT Job Descriptions
Along with the salary data provided in the IT Salary Survey, there is an option to get full job descriptions for each of the positions surveyed. In addition, as an option, all 300 plus job descriptions that are published by Janco are available.
Recently the firm updated it IT Hiring Kit which contains the latest salary data and job descriptions.
Options available for getting the latest compensation data along with job descriptions. In addition, this kit comes with the Interview and Hiring Guide
Well written IT Job Descriptions are key to staffing
2019 Version of the HandiGuide contains 300 2 to 8 page descriptions. They every position for CIO to Blockchain programmer and System Administrators
IT Job Descriptions that are complete and well written. For example, each job description is 2 to 8 pages in length and well structured. In addition, they all follow the same format and utilize standard style sheets. As a result, they are key to setting functional pay grades, defining career paths, and recruiting qualified staff.
Janco’s descriptions are current and comprensive. Also, they are compliant with all mandated requirements including PCI-DSS, GDPR, ISO, Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, CobiT, and the ITIL standards.
The position descriptions are structured to focus on “Best Practices”. These have been defined by the IT Productivity Center. Also, the descriptions meet the requirements for World Class Enterprises. Foremost, they are ready to use and easily modified to meet an enterprise’s unique requirements. In addition, the descriptions all are reviewed at least annually and updated accordingly. Therefore, those with the subscription service recieve frequent updates.
They are provided in MS WORD, PDF, and ePub formats. Also, a subscription service to update them is offered. The lenght of the upddate sevice is 1-year to 2 years.
The 300 positions include all of the functions within the IT group. They are structured to focus on “Best Practices” as defined by the IT Productivity Center. In addition, they meet World Class Enterprise requirements. They are ready to use and easily modified to meet your enterprise’s unique requirements.
Job Description Format and Strucuture
The position descriptions in this book contain information regarding a given job and its functionality within an Information Systems Organization. This includes a position purpose statement, problems and challenges of the position. In addition, an itemized list of principal accountabilities, and the authority boundaries afforded the holder of the position. Aslo listed are job contacts of the position, and specifications of experience needed for the position. Finally, the career opportunities available to the position holder in the future.
MS Word style sheets are used so all of the job descriptions are in the same consistent format.
The Position Purpose section of the position description gives an overview of the responsibilities of the position. This provides a summary of the most important aspects and duties of the position.
Problems and Chalenges
The Problems and Challenges section outline specific challenges facing the holder of the position. If these challenges are met efficiently and effectively, the opportunity for advancement to a higher position, offering greater challenges, will occur.
Essential Position Functions
For each position, essential position functions are defined. There are additional factors that impact a position. With this in mind, all of the positions have been developed with four items to identify these essential position functions. They are:
The Principal Accountabilities section itemizes the separate duties and responsibilities of the position. This section fully details each major task or responsibility necessary to perform the job function. The tasks are ranked from those most crucial in the beginning of the section to those which are more routine are listed at the end of the section.
The Authority section of the position description delineates the amount of latitude the position holder has in influencing personnel and decision making within the department. This section also outlines which departmental personnel the position holder needs to interface in order to successfully perform this job.
The Contacts section of the position description identifies the primary and secondary contacts with whom this position deals with on a day to day basis.
The Position Requirements section sets forth hiring requirements for the specified position, as well as necessary educational, experiential, and other requirements necessary for the position.
The Career Ladder section proposes future career track opportunities for the position holder. This provides a goal for the position holder to achieve and should, therefore, increase motivation levels.
The ADA does not limit an employer’s ability to establish or change the content, nature, or functions of a job. It is the employer’s role to establish what a job is and what functions are required to perform it. The ADA simply requires that an individual with a disability have their qualification for a job evaluated in relation to the job’s essential functions.
The ADA does not require that an employer conduct a job analysis or any particular form of job analysis to identify the essential functions of a job. The information provided by a job analysis may or may not be helpful in properly identifying essential job functions, depending on how it is conducted.
To identify essential job functions under the ADA, a job analysis should focus on the purpose of the job and the importance of actual job functions in achieving this purpose. A job analysis will be most in-line with the spirit of the ADA, if it focuses on the results or outcomes of a function, not solely on the way it customarily is done.
IT Job Description Bundles
For those clients who do not want to acquire the entire HandiGuide there is an option to select subsets of our complete offering. These subsets are focused around particular areas of interest and provide you a way to get the benefits of Janco’s expertise in a limited and lower cost manner. All of the bundles have been updated within the last six months. They include:
IT Median Salaries 2018 vs. 2019 have gone up by close to 3% as of Januay. Janco is starting to gather data for it mid-year salary survey. At the end of last year there was a major push by many organizations to increase the number of IT Pros on their staffs. This resulted in the upward movement in compensations.
IT Median Salaries as of January were up by 3.42% in large enterprises and 2.4% in mid-sized ones
In conjunction with the data gathered at that time, Janco looked at some of the “hot jobs”. ERP and Blockchain jobs at that time were in great demand. Individuals can look forward to salaries continuing to increase. The median salary for a Blockchain Developer is $127K with experienced individuals commanding upwards of $172K when they move to new organizations.
ERP and Blockchain IT pros continue to be in high demand
With our current projections on IT job market growth, we believe salaries for IT professionals will continue to increase. By 2020 we believe media salarier for IT pros will be close to $100,000 when performance bonuses are included.