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IT Job DescriptionsEveryone should know that succession planning is essential and some cased required because of requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA and standards like ISO 27000 (formerly 17799).

Best Practices include the following:

Promote Proactive Steps To Be Taken by All

Every manager and key employee should have a replacement in mind.  A succession planning process should be created and reviewed regularly.  If the plan is not viewed positively and does not support employee retention then it needs to be re-worked.

Use Existing Human Resource Evaluation and Compensation Systems

Existing systems drive performance of the enterprise's staff use them as metrics in the succession planning process.  If the right individuals are not moved into these key positions then your performance evaluation systems are wacky. The people who should be promoted and are not not will see that and leave creating a problem for your enterprise in the future.

Use the Same Succession Planning Process Across the Entire Enterprise

If the same succession plan is in place across the entire enterprise, then cross group movement will be encouraged and people will not feel they are locked in because some is not leaving the enterprise. 

 

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The Internet and IT Position Descriptions comes in PDF format and WORD files. The PDF book is over 750 pages in length and contains 270 Job Descriptions Descriptions in addition to a Job Progression Matrix Template, Job Evaluation Questionnaire, and Position Description Questionnaire. There is one word file for each job description (WORD .docx format). Long file names have been used to make customization easier.

Includes positions from CIO, CSO and CTO to Wireless and Metrics Mangers. All of the positions in the book have been created to reflect the technology world of 2014.

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IT Pros who are baby boomers are not retiring

April 14th, 2015

IT Pros who are baby boomers are not retiring as fast as they had inspected.  Baby boomers' confidence in a secure retirement fell to a 5-year low. Only 27% of are highly confident their savings would last them through retirement, while 24% have reported delaying plans to retire. On the plus side, 44% expect their financial situations will improve in the next 5 years, up from 32% in 2012.

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Interviewing and Hiring must read articles

April 9th, 2015
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10 questions CIOs need to ask before they fire an IT Pro

March 19th, 2015

10 questions CIOs need to ask before they fire an IT Pro

  • Am I abiding by company policy?
  • Am I being fair?
  • Am I following state and federal employment law?
  • What documentation of the cause of termination is needed?
  • Where and when should I fire the employee?
  • Should I break the news to my other employees?
  • What should I say to the employee when I fire him or her?
  • What loose ends do I need to tie up?
  • What should I do if I hear from the terminated employee again?
  • What should I do if a potential future employer of the fired employee calls me for a reference check?

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H-1B propsal will make it more difficult for US born and trained IT Pros to find work

March 9th, 2015

The US Senate is being pushed by lawmakers from both parties to raise the H-1B visa cap from 65,000 to 195,000 per year. The proposed bill includes no restrictions on offshoring, and the IEEE-USA has said that, if passed, the proposal will "destroy" the U.S. tech workforce by making it easier to replace U.S. citizens with guest workers, mostly young men, who are paid less.

The CEO of Janco Associates said, "The H-1B program is one that is sure to make the job market tighter for American born and trained IT Pros."

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53% of CIO say that IT spending will be up between 5 to 8 %

March 2nd, 2015

Three groups now see an increase in IT Budgets: Janco Associates, SIM, and Computerworld.

IT leaders will see bigger technology budgets in the coming year. Not only are tech budgets bigger, this year IT spending is rising more than it has in the past six years. Fifty-seven percent of CIOs say they will see an overall budget increase in the coming year, up from 53 percent and 51 percent the previous two years, respectively. 

IT budgets are expected to rise an average of 6.2 percent, up from 5.2 percent a year ago and 3.9 percent in the prior year.

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As hiring picks up CIOs have some new challenges to address

February 11th, 2015

As hiring picks up CIOs have some new challenges to address

CIOs are on a mission to acquire specific skill sets to drive profitable business growth. In this regard, they are focused primarily on securing the necessary talent from external sources. Yet many CIOs and ITorganizations already have highly-qualified people. The challenge is discerning the current employee base to detect skill voids and determining ways to address these gaps through targeted education and training.

CIOs need to:

  • Evaluate current skill sets to discern voids in intellectual capital;
  • Create mentoring programs to pass on expertise to younger workers; and
  • Follow best practices in employee training and education - what world-class organizations are doing to align their human capital with strategic goals.
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Hiring is up in 2015 - but not as much as 2014

February 3rd, 2015

Employers are selectively hiring this year and  it is still hard to find quality workers.

Executives at more than 200 closely held companies surveyed expect their full-time equivalent employees to rise by 1.6% in 2015, lower than the 1.7% increase in FTE hiring in 2014. The low percentage is despite the fact that 83% of the respondents forecast positive growth at their companies in 2015.

One-third said they were unable to fill open positions over the past year, particularly for technology and engineering positions. Many blue-collar positions were also left unfilled due to gaps in skills of many workers who have been out of the workforce since the recession. Thirty-seven percent of the respondents worry about finding qualified workers, up nearly 10 percentage points from a year ago.

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2014 ends on positive note

January 16th, 2015

2014 ended on a postivie note for IT hiring according to an article in Infoworld.

Analyst firm Janco Associates noted that the numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics were a vast improvement over the previous year's tally of 68,500 jobs added. The company's discussions with approximately 100 CIOs yielded a similar picture: Hiring is on an upswing, with "a real shortage of IT pros with experience in cloud based applications and mobile computing."

IT hiring in December didn't equal the highs of some other months this year, but IT jobs were still added to the economy at a steady clip. The IT sector gained 7,900 jobs in December (out of 252,000 jobs added overall), bringing the total number of jobs gained in the information technology space in 2014 to almost 113,000.

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New Skills Required by World Class IT Managers

January 15th, 2015

As the number and scope of client-vendor relationship continues to expand , IT Managers are discovering that they need new skills. No longer playing a passive role in negotiations and budgeting, many must now develop expertise in areas such as finance, accounting and law.

IT Managers can be extraordinarily valuable if they have further education on the business side. The business side is where you truly understand how the technology is being applied for the betterment of the company.

IT Managers now are creating RFPs, determining pricing, receiving quotes, reviewing products and calculating the potential returns on IT investments. Often the only thing he says they do not do is sign vendor contracts – that is left for the CIO or other authorizing individuals.


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    H-1B Visas encourage outsourcers to use non-US IT Pros

    December 8th, 2014

    Some industry groups want to restrict the use of H-1B visas by offshore outsourcing firms. These positions are designed to get offshore outsourcing firms to hire more U.S. workers and curb their ability to move jobs out of the U.S.

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    16 States have over 6.5% Unemployed

    November 29th, 2014

    States with High Unemployment - 16 States have over 6.5% Unemployed
    one more than in September -- Question is the economy improving?

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    Career planning is critical for IT Pros

    November 27th, 2014

    Given the nature of technical work and technical people, most generic career advice is close to useless. And too much of it is just plain unrealistic. You don't need yet another list of 24 things you can do to advance your career.

    No one has time to focus on that many things, and honestly, most of them make little difference. It's better to select the one essential thing that will make a big difference and focus on that exclusively.

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    IT Job Market - trends and recent news

    November 27th, 2014

    IT Job Market - Recent Postings

    1. IT Job Market Improving?  Some say the IT Job Market is improving from the 2009 slump IT Job Market Improving?  An on-line job portal, Dice says IT degree graduates...
    2. IT Job Market Improves  IT job market increases significantly with 20,400 jobs added in July One in five organizations is looking to hire additional IT staff within the next...
    3. Job Market Improves for IT Pros  IT job market growth continues with an increase in January Job market continues to look good for IT pros with more jobs added in the...
    4. IT Job Market Growth Slows  IT Job Market Growth Slows IT Job Market growth has slowed.  Year to date the number of net new  jobs created is only 52,700.  That...
    5. IT Job Market is Poor at Best  IT Job Market Is Poor At Best The information technology job market in the U.S. shrank by 6,600 jobs in September, and the number of...

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    Top 10 list for career advancement:

    September 12th, 2014

    To 10 list for career advancement:

    1. Top 10 Interview Questions 
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    Staffing challenges facing most CIOs and organization identified in a new survey

    August 23rd, 2014

    Staffing in many organizations is challenge.  Finding the right balance between older and younger workers is one the greatest challenges.

    Workers born between 1979 and 1997 are highly sought for their technology skills. One survey says that IT companies aren’t doing enough to support these millennial employees.

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    CompuCom in a survey found that 34% of IT professionals say their organizations aren’t doing anything specific to support younger staffers. Only 11% have SMS/texting support, while 13% offer support for mobile devices. Only 21% of IT firms offered Bring Your Own Device ( BYOD  ) to work enablement, and just 13% allowed the use of social media at work.

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    HR is one of the most complex issues facing CIOs

    August 21st, 2014

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    CIOs who make over $1 million dollars now are common

    August 12th, 2014

    Janco Associates has reviewed the compensation for hundreds of CIOs and has identified 29 CIOs who made over $1,000,000 in 2013.In comparing this list with last year's, Janco found that most of the CIOs on the 2013 have maintained their high compensation levels with increases in both base and "other" compensation.  Those that have left the list have retired (2), been promoted (1), or left (for a new opportunity / been terminated) (5). Even on this current list there are 3 CIOs who are no longer with these companies.

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    IT Job Market News - Recent Articles

    August 6th, 2014

    IT Job Market News - Recent Articles

    1. IT Job Market Growth Slows in August IT Pros face a mixed job market with a net gain of only 12,400 IT jobs in August – versus the 13,600 jobs added in...
    2. IT Job Market Growth Slows IT job market growth slows to 5,700 in February from 9,800 in January according to BLS data says Janco Even with the unemployment rate falling...
    3. IT Job Growth Slows, Though CIOs Anticipate Hiring Next Year IT Job Growth Slows, Though CIOs Anticipate Hiring Next Year Both the New York Times and Janco Associates have say that the job market is...
    4. CIO confidence wanes – Hiring slows CIO worries — IT job market growth continues to slow from 9,800 jobs in January and 5,500 jobs in February to 5,400 in March –...
    5. IT Job Market is Stagnant IT Job Market Shows Few Signs of Growth The latest BLS unemployment rate has gone down, but so has the job participation rate which fell...

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    Microsoft employees' opinion of CEO Satya Nadella falls

    July 28th, 2014

    Microsoft employees' opinion of CEO Satya Nadella Falls

    Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO  approval in June, before the company's biggest-ever layoff, was high enough to place him in the top 30 of U.S. chief executives. After the job cuts his approval rating has fallen significantly.

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    IT Employment News - Current Postings

    July 16th, 2014

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    1. Top 10 issues for CIOs in 2014  Top 10 issues for CIOs in 2014 The top 10 issues that CIOs need to address in 2014 are driven by the current economic and...
    2. IT Staff Turnover Rates at Very Low Levels  IT Staff Turnover Rates at Very Low Levels In a recent level news story in ComputerWorld it was reported that the Society for Information Management...
    3. Employee Recognition as a Motivator  Employee recognition should be a critical component of a company’s culture and employee motivator. On average 1-2% of payroll is spent on awards and programs...
    4. Top 10 steps to an effective IT organization  Top 10 rules of the road for CIOs when creating IT organizations Top 10 rules of the road for CIOs as they build a modern...
    5. Top 10 CIO Productivity and Budgeting Issues  CIO – Productivity Kit The best companies, and their CIOs, recognize the importance of ready access to the right information to drive the right choices...

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    Mid-Year 2014 IT Salary Survey Released

    July 1st, 2014

    Janco conducts an I.T. salary survey twice a year in conjunction with eJobDescription.com. The new survey includes data from 256 large and 808 mid-sized organizations contacted during the second quarter of 2014.

    Salaries have not increased significantly and neither has the number of I.T. jobs, the survey finds. Although companies added 32,200 jobs in the first half of 2014, that’s less than the 36,500 jobs added during the same period in 2013. Total employment in the I.T. sector has surpassed where it was before the 2008 recession but still lingers below the industry-high levels in 2000.

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    The report also highlights the highest-paid I.T. professionals. This year, Facebook’s chief technology officer Michael Schroepfer tops the list with a total compensation package of $12.5 million. That’s down from $20 million he earned in 2012, according to the company’s financial filings.

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    Cloud a mixed bag for CIOs and IT Professionals

    May 12th, 2014

    Cloud OutsourcingA major research firm recently estimated that the number of cloud-related IT jobs in North America would grow 22% per year from 2012 to 2015, with the total number of positions reaching 2.7 million. The research firm published that finding in a report titled “Climate Change: Cloud’s Impact on IT Organizations and Staffing.”

    They found that cloud computing could become the key infrastructure model for computing by 2030.  Other findings include

    • 50% of CIOs felt cloud computing was a high IT priority.
    • 66% of CIOs are planning, implementing, or using cloud computing in some fashion.
    • 75% of CIOs have security, access, or data control concerns with the public or private implementation of cloud computing.
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    High Unemployment States Job Market Improves Slightly

    April 23rd, 2014

    High unemployment states for the most part have improved. In March, the West continued to have the highest regional unemployment rate, 7.2 percent, while the South again had the lowest rate, 6.0 percent. Over the month, only the Midwest had a statistically significant unemployment rate change (-0.1 percentage point). Significant over-the-year rate declines occurred in all four regions: the South (-1.2 percentage points), Northeast (-1.1 points), West (-1.0 point), and Midwest (-0.8 point).

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    H-1B Visas taken up by outsourcers

    April 1st, 2014

    Offshore outsourcing companies continued to make up the majority of the top H-1B visa users in 2013, according to new government data. These offshore firms have been adding employees by the thousands as their revenues increase. Infosys (India based) led the list in 2013 with 6,298  visas approved, just edging out Tata (India based) which had 6258 visas approved last year.  Cognizant, a New Jersey-based IT services provider with major operations overseas, led the list in 2012 but dropped to 3rd. The company had 5,186 visas in 2013 versus 9,281 visas approved in 2012 versus 5,095 in 2011.

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    Employment News Digest - IT Job Market Not Positive

    March 21st, 2014

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    1. CIO confidence wanes – Hiring slows  CIO worries — IT job market growth continues to slow from 9,800 jobs in January and 5,500 jobs in February to 5,400 in March –...
    2. IT Job Market News – CIO confidence wanes  IT job market growth slows from 9,800 jobs in January to 7,900 in May – 87,600 jobs added in the last 12 months… CIO confidence...
    3. CFOs Sour on US Economy – IT Hiring Anemic in November  CFOs and CIO drive Anemic IT Hiring Trend in November IT job market growth is only 400 job in November, 4,300 in the last 3...
    4. IT Job Market Growth Slows  IT job market growth slows to 5,700 in February from 9,800 in January according to BLS data says Janco Even with the unemployment rate falling...
    5. IT Job Market Improving?  Some say the IT Job Market is improving from the 2009 slump IT Job Market Improving?  An on-line job portal, Dice says IT degree graduates...

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