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Backup Policy Updated

Backup Policy Updated

Backup Policy

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.

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IT Job Market 2019

IT Job Market 2019

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

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.

IT Job Market 2019

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.

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IoT Challenges

Internet of Things – IoT Challenges

IoT Challenges

IoT Challenges are varied and unique to the capture of real-time data

IoT Challenges – IoT  is more than internet enabled sensors and analytics. It is a way to get real-time information. There is a very good chance that the IoT 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.

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.

Add that to the fact that typically IoT data is proprietary and enterprise confidential, security is a major concern.

Managements concerns are

  • Security Threats – 38%
  • Data Privacy – 28%
  • Access Management – 9%
  • External Attacks – 9%
  • Meeting Compliance Requirements – 7%
  • BYOD and user devices – 6%
  • 3rd Party Data Requests – 2%
  • Other concerns – 3%

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CIO Posts

CIO Posts critical review points

CIO Posts

CIO Posts – Management Tool Kit has everything a new CIO needs on day one in a new job

CIO Posts are those that we know are related to the management of the IT function and how they relate to what is important.  Last week we added 4 posts that you should look at.

They were:

  • Top 10 in Demand IT Skills Important review of the IT skills which are the hardest ti find in this tight IT job market.
  • CIOs Management Focus Janco conducted a survey of C-Level executives to get a clear understanding of what CIOs are focusing their management talents
  • AnyConnect Windows 10 An example of a best practice for patch management and version control.  An issue arose after an update by a major vendor and how to implement a best practice to have  a solution in place for a critical application.
  • Technology Acquisition How to select a cost effective piece of technology by looking alternative providers.

CIO Management Tool Kit

This tool kit has been updated to meet all of the EU’s GDPR mandated requirement. In addition, it now reflects all of the requirements of the newly enacted California Privacy Act and contains the Privacy Compliance Policy with its associated electronic forms and job descriptions.

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Top 10 in Demand IT Skills

Top 10 in Demand IT Skills to drive median IT Salaries up

Top 10 in Demand IT Skills are primary drivers for the increase in IT Median Salaries.  A secondary factor is the limited supply of IT professionals as the economy continues to boom.

Median IT Salaries

Median Salaries for IT professionals now are $93,077 and foretasted to be around $98,000 by 2020.

There are a number of skill that the booming economy places a high value on.  Janco’s analysis of the IT job market concurs with this list of in demand skills.

  1. Java (SE and EE) is significant expansion of the skills required and programming language that has been around since the introduction of Java.
  2. Lawson ERP software which has a focus on HR, customer service, and manufacturing needs unique application knowledge to implement is in high demand.
  3. SAP for manufacturing industrial use – With manufacturing companies increasingly undergoing digital transformation and compliance on the rise, SAP are in high demand.
  4. Compliance expertise – CaCPA and GDPR skills have an increased value as companies scramble to hire qualified professionals who could help them meet compliance mandates
  5. SAP Forecasting and Replenishment is designed to help retail and food companies automate forecast and replenishment planning.
  6. SAP Point-of-Sale Data Management is a point-of-sale management solution that allows sales data to be quickly transferred from the cash register to a back-office system automatically throughout the day
  7. SAP FS (Insurance) is designed specifically for the insurance industry. It helps organizations streamline operations, improve customer engagement and gain deeper insights on potential risks.
  8. Microsoft VISIO – a big data tool that is a data visualization program that lets users take complex data and turn it into easy-to-read charts, graphs and flow charts
  9. Data Visualization are growing in demand as more companies turn to data analytics and business intelligence for decision-making, risk assessment and process improvements.
  10. Quantitative analysis and regression analysis are quantitative research methods that are used for modeling and analyzing large amounts of data with several variables. They’re important skills as businesses try to make sense of all the data they’ve collected over the years.

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CIOs Management Focus

CIOs Management Focus in 2019 Changed

CIOs Management Focus changed with he improved economy and the resulting increase in budgets.

CIO Management Focus

Janco Associates conduct a survey of CIO and senior IT Managers in large and mid-sized corporations. 156 individuals participated in the study.

The top ten areas of management focus that we identified are listed below along with the percentage of participants who listed that as an area of their focus.

  1. New Security Threats – identification, remediation and protections.
  2. Data Protection / Compliance – The EU’s GDPR regulation and California’s data privacy legislation are driving this.
  3. Staff Skill Gaps – Many enterprises have not invested enough into staff development in the past several years.
  4. Multi Platform Security – With the move towards disparate operating environments away for the core data center to multiple cloud platforms security and data protection are more of a priority.
  5. Innovation / Digital Transformation – New ways of doing things and the move away from traditional ways of doing everything towards a digital environment are driving top level IT Pros to rethink how they can provide value to the enterprise.
  6. Revenue Stream Improvement – IT now is viewed more as an additional source of operational revenue.
  7. Agility of IT – For most companies, projects with a 3 year development life cycle no long exist.
  8. Outsourcing Risks – In outsourcing your work, the quality of the deliverable is at the mercy of the firm you outsourced to.
  9. Business Results – IT value is now tied to the results of the operation units.
  10. Tools for Digital Workers – With more remote users who operate on tablets and smartphones remotely instead of an office environment with direct connection to the processing center, productivity tool are more critical.

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Big Data Salaries

Big Data Salaries – Data Warehouse

High Demand for Big Data and Data Warehouse Skills. Data Warehouse and Big Data Salaries are on the upswing because of this.  In addition, they are tied closely with blockchain applications which is an area of intensive focus.  As a result, many of these positions are difficult to fill with qualified individuals.  In some situations companies have to hire contractors who have these skills in order to complete the design and implementation of systems requiring these skills.  The challenge that CIO and hiring managers face is how to train and / or recruit this talent.

Beyond the management of these technical resources, the positions are divided up in three (3) categories:   architects (Data Scientist, Business Analyst. Data Analyst), administrators (Oracle DBA, SQL DBA), and developers (Data Warehouse Programmer, Oracle Programmer, Entry Level Programmer, Hadoop/Cluster Programmer, SQL Programmer)

In Janco’s Job Classification System each of these groupings are a job family classification. Classes provide the ability to set minimum job requirements, promotion criteria and compensation.  All of these factors are used in the definition of detail job descriptions.

Big Data Salaries

Salaries for Big Data IT Pros are in the upper mid-range. Only the top seven positions fall at or above the overall median range of salaries of $93,077 in the 2018 IT Salary survey

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