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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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IT Job Description Postings 2019 February – March

IT Job Description Postings 2019 February – March

IT Job DescriptionsIT Job Description Postings 2019 February - March Postings 2019 February – March were related to many considerations.  Included are topics from women in IT thru median salaries for IT Professionals.

All of these positngs have to do with the staffing issues associated with the technology function.

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Top 10 Millennial Considerations

Top 10 Millennial Considerations for Recruiting Managers

Top 10 Millennial Considerations change the way companies recruit.   There are factors that are different that recruiters and managers need to consider.  We have identified the top 10 things factors when look at this portion of the labor pool.

Top 10 Millennial recruiting considerations identified

Top 10 Millennial Considerations

Recruiting Millennials was a key factor is the redesign of the IT Hiring Kit

  1. Millennials typically are not looking for long-term career positions. Many are looking to gain knowledge that they can leverage in their next position. The company, the product, or the service provided is not as important as what the millennial can gain for their experience. During the recruiting process, care must be given to understanding exactly what the millennial is looking for in a position,  Will it be a short employment opportunity or one they can stick with for a 3 to 5 year period?
  2. The company website is one of the first places that millennials will look for information before they do anything else.
  3. Millenials prefer to submit electronic resumes and apply for positions via the internet (company website) or Social Media accounts.
  4. Social media reputation is a key consideration in their decision to accept or reject a job offer.
  5. Millennials prefer companies that are forward-thinking and digitally tuned. Social media presence is important.
  6. They often will not consider an environment where they are at a desk in football field-sized office versus a telecommuting environment.
  7. Communication and training are key components of the culture that millennials need to understand. These individuals look for companies that have an experience base they can learn from, Typically, millennials do now what to create from scratch.  Therefore, they need to have a way to connect with those who have gone before them.
  8. Millennials expect and require modern technology to do their jobs and will specifically look for employers that offer cutting edge tools.
  9. Millennials require that they are in-the-know on company performance and how their contributions have helped the company meet its goals and objectives.
  10. People in this group place person life over work life.  Work is only a means to make a living, a long-term career with a company is not the top priority.

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Telecommunications Jobs Eliminated

Telecommunications Jobs Eliminated  as Automation Takes Hold

Telecommunications jobs eliminated as many traditional functions are automated as auto attendants (Voice Mail) are now standard.  Also, with increased dependence on WiFi, VoIP and telecommuting employees there is a decreasing requirement for companies to have their own dedicated  Telecommunication Departments.  Now the primary role of telecom pros  is compliance and coordination with the large suppliers of services and products as in-house telephone switches are no longer required by many.

Telecommunications Jobs Eliminated

Telecommunications jobs eliminated as Wi-Fi and VoIP take over. Independent IT Departments within most companies are now becoming the exception versus the rule.

In the 1980’s and 1990’s almost every company had its own payroll system with a support staff.  As time progressed, standard software packages and payroll services took over.  The number of IT professionals in IT Departments who specialized on payroll was significantly reduced or eliminated.  The functional support moved to the operational side of the business.  Most often those functions were regulated to the Human Resources Department

50% of Telecommunications Jobs Eliminated

In the 19 years since 2000, the number of telecommunication jobs has fallen from 1.4 million to just over 700,000.  In addition, that trend is continuing. Automation is taking hold and IT Professionals dedicated to telecommunications  are going the way of the switch board operators and office receptionists.

The driving force is automation of routine functions to eliminate the need for expensive staff. We only see that trend continuing.  We forecast that in 10 more years telecommunication staff at most organizations will be no existent.

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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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PCMatic Support Poor at Best

PCMatic Support Poor at Best – email only

PCMatic Support Poor at Best, when you have an issue they have no user forum, no real knowledge base to query, no on-line chat, nor a tech support phone number.

We tried the Pro version of PCMatic and found it an interesting solution to the protection arena.

When we had a problem with another program and added to the white list. That did not make any difference.  That we found strange.  Let me explain.

PCMatic Support

PCMatic Support should implement polices on Patch Management, version control, and service desk support.

We could install the other program (DriverSupport.com) and add it to the white list. All went well until a reboot was required. PCMatic just REMOVED the whitelisted program. We sent 3 help requests that respond with ROBOTIC canned answers that do not answer the question of how to get around the issue.

There is NO link to a follow-up area, there is NO phone number listed of who I can talk to, and there is NO user forum where I can ask if another user has solved the problem. The only solution that I have is to request a refund.

This is the WORST customer service we have seen yet in the virus protection arena. PcMactic prides itself as being all U.S. made and suppported. They might as well be in India, at least there someone will talk to you.

AVOID THIS PRODUCT IT IS NOT WORTH THE TIME TO MAKE IT WORK. They should spend more on technical support and less on TV ads

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