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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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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.

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  • 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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