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Employment Still Strong — But

Employment Still Strong — But it may be slowing

Employment Still Strong — But not as strong as earlier.  In the past month one state dropped out of full employment status – Ohio.  Full employment as defined by Janco Associates is 4.0% or less.

Employment Still Strong -- But

There are 35 full employment states in May 2019. That is one less with Ohio’s unemployment rate going to 4.1%

In addition to this, there still are only two states with high unemployment defines as 5.5% percent or higher.

States with high unemployment rates May 2019

As a not of caution, there are 3 states that are edging close to the high unemployment rates. Mississipi – 5.0%, New Mexico – 5.0%, and Arizona – 4.9%

Except for the Distrist of Columbia, none of these regions have high concentrations of IT employment.  As such they do not materially impact the IT job market.

Employment Still Strong — But some concerns

Hiring demand remains high for IT professionals with the United States.

Hiring Demand for IT Professionals

Based on data gathered by Janco Associates, hiring demand for IT Middle Management and IT Staff positions remain high. In addition demand for contractors an consultants is high as well.

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Blockchain DLT career path

Blockchain DLT career path included as a job family

Blockchain DLT career path has been added to the IT Job Family Classification System.  Not only is it included as an individual job family, it is also linked to all of the other IT job families in that offering.  Having clearly defined job paths a the first step in long-term career planing.  That is true for the individual as well as the company employing them.

Blockchain DLT career path

Blockchain DLT career path is defined in the classification system. In addition point of entry and exit to the other functions within IT have bee identified

The ways to migrate to and from the Blockchain DLT job family have been identified and documented by Janco.  With this tool it is now easy to:

  • Define career development opportunities within a Blockchain DLT job family and movement into and out of the job family to the other job families.
  • Discuss career planning, clarify specific training needs, and consider course enrollment and career advancement
  • Track job applicants and analyze data for reporting
  • Set pay grades and get accurate salary requirements by understanding jobs and their requirements better
  • Evaluate jobs more consistently by comparing similar jobs in the same job family

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Cloud Security Vulnerabilities

Top 10 Cloud Security Vulnerabilities

Top 10 Cloud Security Vulnerabilities have been identified and ranks by level of importance and impact by a panel of 57  CIOs, CTOs, and CSOs.

Cloud Security Vulnerabilities

Top 10 Security Vulnerabilities have been identified by a 100 plus CIOs, CTOs, and CSOs from Fortune 500 companies

The top 10 are:

  1. Data breaches
  2. Weak Security
  3. Non-Secure Interfaces & API
  4. OS vulnerabilities
  5. Account hijacking
  6. Insider breach as System Administrator
  7. Parasitic code on server
  8. Data Destruction
  9. Denial of service (DoS).
  10. Ransomware

All of these are addressed in Janco’s How to Guide for Cloud Process and Outsourcing.

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Top 10 best practices address Cloud Security Vulnerabilities

Top 10 best practices for cloud Security – The cloud is great technology that helps organizations to improved productivity, reduce costs, and simplify the user’s life. However it does raise significant security risks. Here are 10 best practices that if followed minimize those risks.

  1. Utilize a SDM (System Development Methodology) to design, test and implement changes in the both the source and object level code.
  2. Implement a disaster recovery and business continuity plan that includes a focus on security of the data and application assets that are cloud based.
  3. Implement metrics and cloud application monitoring which can help to detect potential security violations and breaches in the cloud based data and applications
  4. Utilize a secure access and change management system to manage revisions to the cloud application.
  5. Utilize a patch management approach to install revisions to the cloud data and application.
  6. Implement a log management system to have an accurate audit trail of what occurs on the cloud.
  7. Implement firm security policies via a formal security management system (see https://www.e-janco.com/Security.htm and https://www.e-janco.com/Cloud.htm).
  8. Review latest published cloud vulnerabilities and make appropriate changes to cloud applications and access rules
  9. Contract with independent 3rd parties to find security vulnerabilities in your cloud based applications
  10. At least annually, conduct a security compliance audit on the total cloud based application from development to user access.

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Right time to hire IT Pros

Right time to hire IT Pros – Almost 100K new jobs to be created this year

Right time to hire IT Pros

Before the labor market gets tighter now is the right time to hire IT Pros

The right time to hire IT Pros is now before the labor maket gets tighter. In the first five (5) months of 2019, 34,600 new IT jobs were created.  Almost 70,000 more new  jobs will be added in the remaing months of this yera. This is the perfect time for development projects. Labor rates have never been lower.  From building —

  • Mobile Apps
  • Artificial Intelligent Bots – B2C – Improve Customer Experience
  • Artificial Intelligent Bots – B2B – Improve Human Resource Experience
  • Integrations, Customizations and more.

CEO and CIO say focus is on the customer experience – right time to hire IT Pros

Chief Experience Officer Job Description

CXO drives customer experience. Right staff is critical

A great customer experience is all about catering to the customers’ expectations. Customers can be consumers or staff. Customers want choices, and instant results. Customer experience or CX cloud applications provide customers with seamless, personalized and immediate experiences.  With recent trends showing that social media greatly influences customers into making decisions, CX cloud allows an enterprise to engage with customer at every level throughout their life-cycle.

This has created a demand for the CXO – Chief Experience Officer. The CXO needs to drive the hiring effort.

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Updated IT job Descriptions

Updated IT job descriptions

Updated IT job descriptions are important for an entire range of reason.  The foremost is that  updated IT job descriptions clearly define what roles and responsibilities the individual filling that role has.  In addition it clearly defines metrics for the position which can be translated into Key Performance Indicators – KPI.

Promotions depend on Updated IT Job descriptions

Updated IT Job Descriptions

Janco updated the IT Job Descriptions continually. At least once every 12 months each job description is reviewed, edited, and updated to meet the latest requirements for the position.

The labor market for qualified professionals is tight.  With that as an factor in staffing, promotions become more important.  It is easier to higher an entry level individual than first tier performer for the two levels up.  With that in mind, position descriptions should include career path and promotion opportunities.

 

Training and education are ways in which CIOs and IT Managers can improve the quality of their staffs.  Janco has created a number of tools which are being used today by  over 300 of the Fortune 500 organizations.

The main offering Janco has is its full IT Job Descriptions.  It comes as individual MS Word files, epub book, or the complete HandiGuide

IT Job Descriptions HandiGuide includes sample organization charts, a job progression matrix, and 300 Internet and IT job descriptions. The book addresses all mandated requirements, including the ADA, and is in an easy to use format. This can be purchased as a complete set or bundles of job descriptions

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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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Chief Experience Officer (CXO) Job Description

Chief Experience Officer (CXO) Job Description

CXO - Chief Experience Officer Job Description

The CX is one of the hottest jobs on the market

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.

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C-Level Job Description Bundle

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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
  • Chief Experience Officer (CXO)
  • Chief Security Officer (CSO)
  • Chief Compliance Officer (CCO)
  • Chief Mobility Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Chief Digital Officer (CDO)

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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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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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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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