Tag Archives: Information technology

3 Ways to Avoid Another HealthCare.gov Mess

By Trevor Brown and David Van Slyke – From bidding to selection to delivery, the federal contracting system is broken. HealthCare.gov is not the first major information technology purchase to be over budget, late and dysfunctional. It’s only the most recent.

The system is plagued by a litany of problems.

The rules are cumbersome, inflexible and vary across agencies. The process favors large and sometimes politically connected incumbents, splinters projects across congressional districts and focuses on compliance rather than quality products that support agency missions. The federal contracting workforce is understaffed, overburdened and undertrained. more> http://tinyurl.com/nl5ycgm


IDC Report: 1.7 Million Cloud Computing Jobs Remain Unfilled, Gap Widening

English: Cloud Computing visual diagram

English: Cloud Computing visual diagram
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By Saroj Kar – Research firm IDC titled in a new report “Climate Change: Cloud’s Impact on IT Organizations and Staffing” sponsored by Microsoft reported that the demand for cloud-savvy IT professionals will grow by 26% annually until 2015 and will create more than seven million cloud-related vacancies worldwide.

This gap in skills is even more alarming as almost two-thirds of global firms are planning to implement or use cloud technology and more than 50% of companies agree that the cloud is a priority. more> http://tinyurl.com/a6u9y9z

IT industry could be blindsided by fiscal cliff

Cliff house Giant Camera

Cliff house Giant Camera
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By Colin Neagle – As Congress continues to debate how it should prevent the federal government and national economy from plummeting off the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year, many technology companies – particularly smaller businesses and startups – may be unprepared for the ensuing changes.

Unfortunately for them, it may be too late to do anything about it.

For IT businesses, the fiscal cliff could mean higher taxes on research and experimentation than were imposed prior to 2011, a $114,000 decrease in tax provisions allowing small businesses to write off asset-related expenses, and the disappearance of a bonus first-year depreciation on expenses that stood at 100% as recently as 2011. More information on the impact of the fiscal cliff policy changes on the IT industry is available here. more> http://tinyurl.com/bydfghk

2013 IT salaries: 15 titles getting the biggest pay raises

By Ann Bednarz – Certain IT titles will be getting sizable salary hikes, according to data from recruiting and staffing specialist Robert Half Technology. At the top of the heap, based on percentage gains, are mobile application developers and wireless network engineers, who can expect a 9% and 7.9% increase in starting salaries, respectively.

  • Mobile applications developer – Net: 9% increase
  • Wireless network engineer – Net: 7.9% increase
  • Network engineer – Net: 7.8% increase

more> http://tinyurl.com/c2lspmf

The 9 most endangered IT career paths


By Dan Tynan – the trends currently taking hold of IT organizations may have a broader impact on IT employment than we’ve seen in years. Job titles that were once considered secure are suddenly on the verge of extinction. Call it the new IT ice age. And tech pros who don’t evolve with the times risk joining the T-Rex and the triceratops in the tar pits.

The Pink-Crested Credentialist (Certificatus maximus)
Trailing a long list of technical certifications behind it like a vestigial tail, the Credentialist can still be found in its natural habitat — the HR department of a company it wants to work for. But it has been marginalized by IT pros with actual skills and experience, says Mike Meikle, CEO of the Hawkthorne Group. more> http://tinyurl.com/8muxtbh

What I Learned at the Cloud Computing Revolution

English: Cloud Computing

English: Cloud Computing
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By Alan S Cohen – The current computing model was pretty simple: your business bought the hardware and software required to run key applications, the storage devices to maintain your data, and the networks to allowed it all to flow. Today, however, there is a range of new choices, which including renting some or all of the IT supply chain.

Computing is not just important because it is a big industry — $3.8 Trillion annually worldwide. Everything else in our economy is dependent on it. Computing is inside every steak, potato and glass of red wine you eat. It’s in your car, your iPad delivered Netflix, and it’s your money. So there is a lot at stake.

Let me share 3 observations:

  • Shadow IT is Going Mainstream
  • IT Wants to Go Fast
  • It’s About the Developers

more> http://tinyurl.com/8cmcpvn

2 Cloud Computing Era Myths Debunked

By Doug Henschen – It’s time to lay to rest two common myths of the cloud computing era.

  • Configuring enterprise applications–whether deployed on-premises or accessed in the cloud–is easy, which is far from true even if it’s easier than customizing an application.
  • You can’t customize cloud-based apps.

More than half (54%) of the 338 business technology professionals who responded to our just-released InformationWeek 2012 Enterprise Applications Survey cite “changing, upgrading or optimizing existing applications” as their most time-consuming challenge. more> http://tinyurl.com/c9gowcw