Succession Planning - Best Practices

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 263 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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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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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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Career planning is critical for IT Pros

March 17th, 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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Dowload 2014 IT Salary Survey

March 13th, 2014

Get a free copy of the 2014 IT Salary Survey.  Just got to http://www.e-janco.com/Salary.htm.

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Current College Grads in IT get lower starting salaries

March 10th, 2014

One more study agrees with the salary data that Janco Associates published in January of this year.

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Starting salaries for recent college graduates with computer science degrees slipped a bit in 2013. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports in its January 2014 Salary Survey that the overall average starting salary for new graduates rose 2.6% from 2012. But for those with computer science degrees, the average starting salary went from $59,221 in 2012 to $59,084 in 2013, a drop of 0.2%.

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Perks and pay levels fall at Intel

February 24th, 2014

The total compensation packages of top executives at Intel fell sharply in 2013 as a result of changes in the way the chip maker pays senior employees.

Nowhere was this more apparent than at the very top of Intel's executive ranks.

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Brian Krzanich, the company's recently appointed CEO, was paid a base salary of $887,500 in 2013. A year earlier Paul Otellini, the outgoing CEO, received $1.2 million.

Krzanich's compensation package also included a $1.8 million bonus and $6.3 million in Intel stock for a total of $9.1 million. Last year, he received $15.7 million from Intel, the majority of which came in stock.

The total compensation for President Renee James dropped from $15.2 million to $7.7 million.

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Internet is Everything - Is IT ready for the shift

February 23rd, 2014

The fast pace of technology is changing our notion of the modern organization.  As barriers to market entry are falling, customers, employees, and citizens alike are demanding new ways to interact.  This trend is moving us into the next wave of Internet evolution known as the "Internet of Everything" (IoE). 

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Connecting people, data, processes, and things, IoE is creating a digital disruption with great societal value as "everything" is coming online.  Organizations of all types are realizing the benefit of this increased connectedness through operational efficiency and improved customer and citizen experiences.  Many organizations are using IoE connections to run - not just monitor - complex operations in manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, utilities, and the public sector to generate and deliver significant value. Is IT ready for this shift?

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10 Hot New Jobs in IT

February 18th, 2014

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As technology changes new jobs titles are appearing in IT.  The 10 hot new jobs that have high demand are:

  1. Chief Digital Officer
  2. Chief Mobile Officer
  3. Manager Vendor Management
  4. Manager Video and Web Content
  5. Project Manager ERP
  6. Supervisor BYOD Support
  7. BYOD Support Specialist
  8. Cloud Computing Architect
  9. ERP Architect
  10. Audio Visual Technician

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Chief Digital Officer - CDO - Fact or Fad

February 15th, 2014

According to recent data only 6 percent of companies have a Chief Digital Officers at the time of this article, but they are "springing up faster than we can count them," says Aron. Some other key findings in this research on the CDO role:

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  • The early CIO survey evidence suggests that just under 40 percent of Chief Digital Officers are strategic advisors to the board and CEO on digital business strategy, just over 40 percent are digital marketing officers, and the rest have other digital-related roles.
  • Companies and public sector agencies that have Chief Digital Officers are much more focused on growth (relative to cost efficiency) than their counterparts without one
  • Companies that have Chief Digital Officers are three times as likely to do more insourcing next year.

Earlier this year a major research firm forecasted that by 2015, 25 percent of businesses will employ a CDO. It went on to predict that 20 percent of CIOs have already begun to take on the role of the CDO.

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Nine of the highest paying 10 IT jobs are for skills related to Big Data

February 12th, 2014

Tech salaries saw a nearly 3% bump last year, and IT pros with expertise in big data-related languages, databases and skills enjoyed some of the largest paychecks.

Silicon Valley tops the list of highest paid metropolitan areas when it comes to tech talent, with an average annual salary of $108,603 and an average annual bonus of $12,458.

When asked if they are satisfied with their salaries, respondents were divided. Nearly half were either very satisfied (17%) or somewhat satisfied (37%). Some were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied (16%). At the other extreme, respondents were somewhat dissatisfied (20%) and very dissatisfied (10%).

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Companies are betting big that harnessing data can play a major role in their competitive plans, and that is leading to high pay for critical skills. Technology professionals should be volunteering for big data projects, which makes them more valuable to their current employer and more marketable to other employers.

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IT Job Market Shrinks in January

February 8th, 2014

IT job market lost 1,400 jobs in January plus most organizations have halted IT hiring...

Even with the overall unemployment rate falling to 6.6% there was a decrease in the total number of IT jobs as measured by the BLS data that was just reported. 1,400 IT jobs were lost in January and in the last 12 months only 75,500 jobs were created with most of those added in November.  The CEO of Janco Associates, Mr. Victor Janulaitis said, "The employment data is not as good as the fall in the national unemployment rate suggests and it seems to be worse for IT Pros.  If you factor in the participation rate, the true national unemployment rate would be around 12.7%.  Janulaitis added, "That data is causing many companies to consider wither they should expand IT staffs." 

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Dell to eliminate more jobs

February 4th, 2014

If there is one region in the U.S. that can absorb Dell's planned workforce cutbacks, it may be the Austin, Texas, area, one of the nation's hottest areas for tech jobs.

The region, which includes Round Rock, Dell's corporate home, employs about 120,000 people in the technology industry, and and the tech job market is growing at a rate of 5% to 6% a yearDell employs about 13,000 to 14,000 workers in Round Rock and the rest of the Austin area. Dell believes that the local economy job growth is good enough to absorb Dell employees impacted by the reduction.

The Austin area is expected to add 30,000 jobs overall this year, on top of the 27,000 to 28,000 gained last year.

Dell said it was cutting its global workforce by a " small percentage," but wouldn't disclose a number.

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Impact of Paid Family Leave

February 2nd, 2014

IMPACT OF PAID FAMILY LEAVE: In the absence of federal paid leave, a few states have passed laws that allow employees to take paid leave to care for a newborn, adopted child or seriously ill relative. Rhode Island, California and New Jersey allow workers to pay part of their wages into a fund that pays for the leave.

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NEWS -- 2014 IT Salary Survey Released - The Information Technology 2014 Salary Survey has been released.  Recession, lay-offs, outsourcing, and hire freezes impact IT Professionals.  IT Salaries flat for the last 12 months. Read on...

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BYOD one of few well-paid IT jobs

January 29th, 2014

Bring-Your-Own-Device programs aren't quite grabbing headlines to the same degree they were a year ago. But don't think they aren't very popular. They are in fact the number one area of IT in which job opportunities abound.

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That is the conclusion of new research from Janco Associates, which polled nearly 1,000 companies on their BYOD practices and policies. The firm found that while IT salaries are pretty flat for the most part, IT jobs around BYOD program needs were an exception. "Indeed, BYOD is one of the only bright spots," notes CIO.

BYOD Policy

"If you have knowledge and ability to work with BYOD, either in implementation, support or development, this increases your value," M. Victor Janulaitis, CEO at Janco Associates is quoted as saying.

BYOD is leaving its mark on a number of IT job roles the research reveals. Especially hot are the roles of supervisor of hardware installations and supervisor of BYOD desktop support. Other roles being impacted by BYOD include help desk, mobile app development, security and compliance.

"There's no question BYOD has far reaching implications," the article notes. "App developers are busy redesigning Web applications so that information can be rendered on BYOD smartphones and tablets touting an array of screen sizes. BYOD is opening doors to cloud services and shutting them on legacy desktop software. BYOD has even breathed new life into the virtual desktop."

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More battles over H-1Bs

January 21st, 2014

After the U.S. Senate passed its immigration bill last spring allowing the H-1B cap to rise as high as 180,000 (from the current 85,000 ceiling), the bill stalled in the House. But this bill may be having an impact on technology hiring.

Most of the job growth in IT last year was in consulting areas represented heavily by H-1B visa holders using IT outsourcing firms, both onshore and offshore. Outside of those areas, there's no evidence of galloping growth in IT employment.

The largest IT employment labor category, software developers, gained 19,000 jobs in 2013, bringing the total to about 1.1 million.

The Senate bill would impose new rules on large H-1B users. One key change is that if a company employs more than 50 workers, no more than half of its workers can be H-1B or L-1 workers.

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Employment News Digest - Current Articles

January 11th, 2014

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  1. 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...
  2. IT Employment Up In a Soft Job Market Between the first to second quarter of this year, the unemployment rate of computer hardware engineers went from 4.4% to 0.5%. For software developers, the...
  3. 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...
  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. Labor Force Participation Rate Drops  Not a good sign as more workers leave the job market In July of 2012 the work force participation percentage of all employees (male and female)...

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Labor Participation Rate falls to a 30 year low

January 10th, 2014

The labor market participation rate fell back to a 30 year low of 62.8%. There are 3,300,000 fewer individuals working than in 2007. The CEO said, "The over-all labor participation rate continues to be lower this year than and other prior year.  This alone will make it a very difficult process and does not bode well for IT expansion and hiring.

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2014 Version of IT Job Descriptions HandiGuide Released

January 6th, 2014

2014 Internet and Information Technology Position Descriptions HandiGuide™ is Released

The 25th edition of this electronic document contains 263 job descriptions and sample organization charts

Janco Associates has just completed its 25th annual update of its Internet and Information Technology Position Description HandiGuide™. This is part of Janco's continuing effort to create a set of standard 'Best Practices' processes and documentation that CIOs can use to better manage the technology function in their enterprises.

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IT Salary Digest

December 17th, 2013

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  1. Top 10 most highly taxed cities – Where not to have a datacenter…  Top 10 most taxed cities While federal tax rates are the same no matter where the taxpayer lives, the same is not true for state...
  2. IT Job Market grows 10 major findings  Where are the jobs for our college graduates? IT Job Market growth is slow.  Over the last few years the number of new jobs for...
  3. Top 20 CIOs paid over $2 million  Top Paid CIOs The top compensation for highest paid CIO is now $8.6 million and that is for Steve Sqaueri the CIO of American Express....
  4. 10 important aspects of IT Pro’s jobs  In a recent survey Computerworld identified the five most important aspects of IT Pro’s jobs.  At the same time Janco Associates has expanded that list...
  5. 10 findings in 2013 IT Salary Survey by Janco  2013 IT Salary Survey Released -10 major findings Janco has just released its 2013 IT Salary Survey and had ten (10) major findings.  You can...

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Slow recovery is shown by recent economic forecasts

December 16th, 2013

Optimism in the U.S. business environment was stuck in something of a holding pattern at year-end, but at least was heading in the right direction, according to the results of the Duke University/CFO Global Business Outlook for the fourth quarter of 2013. In this quarter’s survey, we polled 400 finance leaders at U.S. companies of all sizes, as well as more than 600 executives from other regions of the world.  U.S. finance executives maintained a reasonably positive opinion of the underlying economy, and continued to have confidence in their own businesses. But the survey also showed that this confidence doesn’t always translate into improved prospects for employment - especially in light of uncertainties over the impacts that implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) might have.

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IT job market growth is only 400 job in November, 4,300 in the last 3 months and 70,700 jobs in the last 12 months...

The latest BLS unemployment rate has gone down, but the data paints a grim picture for the IT job market.  Only 400 IT jobs were added in November and in the last 12 months only 70,700 jobs were created.  The CEO of Janco Associates, Mr. Victor Janulaitis said, "The employment data is not as good as the fall in the national unemployment rate suggests and it seems to be worse for IT Pros.  If you factor in the participation rate, the true national unemployment rate would be around 11.8%.  Janulaitis added, "That data is causing many companies to consider wither they should expand IT staffs.  Based recent interviews of 104 CIOs in the last two weeks, we see that CIOs have become more cautious as have their companies.   Janulaitis said, "Add to the employment data the upcoming January 1st sequester cuts and the uncertainties caused by the status of the recovery it is easy to understand the reasons why prospects for an improved job market are not great."

 

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