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Robotics

Robotics Specialists in High Demand

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

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.

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Low Unemployment

Low Unemployment in 35 States

Low Unemployment is defined as being at 4% or less.  There now are 35 states that have low unemployment.

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.

Hot Jobs

Positions related to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Processing technology are all hot. Salaries are rising and demand fo seasoned professionals is hig.

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NOTE: To see more information on salaries go to IT Salary Survey.

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What is Blockchain and why is it such a hot topic?

What is Blockchain?

What is Blockchain

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.

Blockchain challenges

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.

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IT Median Salaries

IT Median Salaries 2018 vs. 2019

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

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.

Hot Job Median Salaries

ERP and Blockchain IT pros continue to be in high demand

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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.

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IT Job Market

IT Job Market continues to grow

IT Job Market grew In the first 3 months of 2019 by  20,600 new IT jobs were created. Janco estimates that 96,200 new IT jobs will be created in the remaining 9 months of 2019.

IT Job Market Growth

The IT Job Market now is almost 3.6 million jobs in the US. It continues to grow as demand for Blockchain and ERP implementions is a driving force

Janco sees high demand for IT Professional staff and middle managers. Most companies have in place executive and senior management and there is not as much demand for those positions. Most of the demand and hiring is at staff levels for IT professionals for specific technology initiatives. Based on our current data we believe the hiring that will be targeted to be completed by mid-summer. Demand for consultants and contract employees will still be above average, with an increase in the last two quarters of this year to augment staffing where there is a shortage of required skills.

To facilitate the recruiting process Janco has just released our 2019 IT Hiring Kit.  It helps CIOs, recruiting managers, and HR departments to select, interview, and acquire the talent they need.

The IT Hiring Kit comes with: 1) Interview Hiring Guide with sets of best practices, questions to ask and not ask, background check process, screening and interview process; 2) Latest IT Salary Survey; and 3) Up to 300 IT Job descriptions from CIO to Blockchain Developers.  Also available is an update subscription service for a 1-year to 2-year time period.

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Blockchain Job Description

Blockchain Job Description for Developers

Blockchain Job Description for developers is now available for download. Janco has identified 25 specific accounatabilities and responsibilities. The job description is over 3 pages in length is almost 1,000 words.

Position Purpose

The Blockchain Developer is responsible for developing innovative solutions to challenging problems. This includes command and control as well as high integrity solutions. The individual performs complex analysis, design, development, testing, and debugging of computer software. Scope includes distinct product hardware or technical service lines of businesses. They perform software design, operating architecture integration, and computer system selection. In addition they operate on multiple systems and apply knowledge of one or more platforms and programming languages.

Principle Accountabilities

Over 25 specific accountabilities are defined in the job descrtiption. Below are 5 of them:

Blockchain job description

Blockchain Job Description is over 3 single-spaced pages and almost 1,000 words in leght. It, along with over 300 other IT releated job descriptions are available for immediate download

  1. Design groundbreaking software products with an eye toward compliance.
  2. The subject-matter expert (SME) for the Blockchain applications including a knowledge of the top partners that make up our Blockchain segment globally.
  3. Own the execution of the strategic plan for each market segment, which includes aligning with partner development managers who manage our top technology and consulting partners focused on Blockchain, maximizing influenced revenue driven with and through partners
  4. Working with partner development managers, build C-level relationships with our top partners and generate interest in new programs focused on DevOps/Tools
  5. Represent the partner strategy for Blockchain to our internal and external stakeholders including the  sales teams as well as media coverage and industry events focused on the Blockchain segment

The full list are contained in the job description which can be purchased separately or with the full set of IT job descriptions.

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IT Job Market Growth

IT Job Market Growth – 2018 a banner year

IT Job Market growth exploded in 2018 with over 107,000 new jobs added.  In the past ten (10) years only twice have over 100.000 new job been added. For the first time since 2015 have the number of new job created exceeded the the number of graduates for the U.S. university system.

IT Job Market Growth

2018 was a banner year for IT job market growth with 107,100 new IT jobs created. Driving this is a booming economy and a move by many corporations to ERP and Blockchain applications

At the same time the median salary paid to all IT professionals now is over $93,000 and projected to be over $100,000 in a very short time. Salaries are higher in large enterprise (those whose revenues exceed $250 million per year and / or employ over 1,200 individuals.

Median IT Salaries

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

Jobs in demand like blockchain and ERP,currently command over $100,000 and some over $200,00

IT job market size and median salaries paid are driven up by the demand and bright economy prospects

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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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Cyber Currency Hacker Target

Cyber Currency Hacker Target – Risk is High

Security Manual TemplateCyber Currency Hacker Target as the population of Blockchain applications expands.In the last year there was a boom in malicious cryptocurrency mining. That is where cyber attackers secretly hijack the processing power of computers, servers and even IoT devices and use it to mine for cryptocurrency. While it is not very lucrative in the short term, it is stealthy and can be sustained over a long period of time. Typically it is taking very little from each PC, most users don’t even know their machine’s processor is being used to line someone else’s pockets.

Ransomware a much more aggressive approach: pay up, or risk having your files permanently locked.

Both cryptojacking and ransomware continue to be widespread threats, other attackers are quietly deploy a potentially much more damaging threat: trojan malware.

Trojan malware sneaks onto your PC by disguising itself as something else, often hidden in a malicious attachment that’s distributed with a phishing email.

Trojan attacks range from those using commodity malware, with phishing emails spammed out in bulk in the hope of scooping up victims for the purposes of stealing their login credentials, banking information or other private information. Other attacks are far more precise, targeting organisations or even individuals to gain access to specific data or information: this can be for creating a persistence presence on their network for espionage, stealing data and selling it, or loading other malware onto the system.

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Top 10 Blockchain Challenges

Top 10 Blockchain Challenges for Project Managers

Top 10 Blockchain Challenges – Janco Associates conduct a survey of IT Blockchain Project Managers in large and mid-sized corporations. 178 PMs participated in the study. All of the managers had been operating in that role for over one year and several had been project managers for well over five years. They all had at least 5 project team members and the largest project had over 60 IT professionals on it.

Top 10 Blockchain Challenges

Top 10 Blockchain challenges are associated with the importance and priority of the associated development and implementation activities

Top 10 challenges identified by Janco are:

  • Coordination Internal/External requirements, specifications, and activities – 63%
  • Overworked with Manny work weeks that were well over 60 hours – 53%
  • Understaffed with scores of open requisitions that remained unfilled for months at a time – 51%
  • Changes in specifications both on the data and requirements that were moving targets – 47%
  • Changes coming too fast as more was done the rate of change increased at an ever-increasing rate – 42%
  • Technology New & Rapidly Changing as tools and available resources/tools keep evolving – 42%
  • Scalability of applications designed into the infrastructure architecture – 41%
  • Deadlines not agreed on and set arbitrarily by individuals not involved with the day-to-day development – 39%
  • Staff turnover as key members of the team are burned out and or hired away -34%
  • Staff skills gaps as many team members did not have all of the skills and experience necessary to complete tasks in a timely manner – 34%

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