Archive for September, 2013
Also, nobody but Microsoft will touch Windows RT, Bill Gates gets his purple wish
The new Kindle Fire HDX tablet is giving Microsoft’s Surface 2 a run for its money as a business device even though the Surface 2 won’t be available until next month.
Kindle HDX can view Microsoft Office applications via OfficeSuite Viewer, can grab emails from a corporate Exchange server via ActiveSync, prints wirelessly and supports Bluetooth keyboards and mice.
It can be brought under the purview of AirWatch, MaaS360, Citrix, GoodTechnology, and SOTI mobile device management platforms to control network configuration, security, feature controls, inventory and to manage apps.
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It supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE (from AT&T or Verizon).
The company promises more: hardware device encryption, VPN support, single sign-on via the Amazon Silk browser that comes with the device and support for digital certificates.
Amazon provides Whispercast, a Web tool for distributing apps and documents.
With an 8.9-inch screen in the large model, the device is smaller than the 10.6-inch Surface 2. Other features the Surface 2 has that Kindle HDX doesn’t: a full Microsoft Office suite and Windows 8.1 with its VPN, access control and a feature called Workplace Join that enables connecting to Windows Server environments.
Still, Amazon is pushing its new device, available in December, as workplace friendly.
The price for the 64GB Kindle with LTE is $579, and without LTE it’s $479. The 64GB Kindle without LTE is $549, and no word on what the version with LTE will cost when it comes out next year.
Depending on how well the Android-based Kindles sell this holiday season, IT departments with BYOD policies could start seeing them show up in the office. Android-based tablets sell much better than Windows RT tablets.
Has the Surface 2 Mini been announced already?
CNET reports that based on analysts’ information, Microsoft is working on a 7.5-inch Surface 2 due out next year. It ties that together with an earlier Microsoft statement that Windows RT is based on ARM processors for their built-in mobile broadband support, indicating the Mini might have broadband.
This week Microsoft promised a Surface tablet next year with mobile broadband. Perhaps this is the Mini. What the company said doesn’t rule it out: “We didn’t talk about it today, but Surface 2 will be launching an awesome LTE SKU early next year!” says Microsoft’s Surface vice president Panos Panay in a Reddit chat.
Microsoft sews up the Windows RT market
Now that Dell has dumped its own XPS Windows RT tablet, Microsoft is the only hardware vendor using the platform, which is a bundled hardware-software package based on ARM chips that hasn’t seen much uptake in its first year of existence.
That means that if Microsoft hadn’t decided to make its own hardware, likely nobody would be selling Windows RT right now. Given that pure hardware vendors know a thing or two about what sells, Windows RT has received a resounding thumbs-down.
Microsoft announced a blade cover/keyboard this week when it unveiled its upgraded Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets that could offer some interesting possibilities for programmers.
The blade shown off by Microsoft is a snap on touchpad very much like a Touch Cover 2 keyboard only it’s embossed with a 16-key number pad and three sliders for mixing music.
But given that the Remix Project is based on the basic keyboard hardware, it seems programmers could write code for it that would do something else besides typing characters and mixing music – perhaps drawing and painting, controlling industrial equipment, whatever.
Opening up an API for the keyboards and turning it loose on developers would no doubt generate a lot more possibilities.
The color purple
The Verge recalled that last year just after Windows 8 launched a Microsoft ad showed a hypothetical Bill Gates text to Steve Ballmer, suggesting a purple Type Cover keyboard for Surface tablets. This week, Microsoft announced a purple Type Cover.
Gates still has clout.
Here’s the ad, with Gates’s text shown at 13 sec.
Network of support starts in seven North American cities
Google announced today it is building a network for tech entrepreneurs in seven North American cities.
The venture, dubbed Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network, is focused on connecting emerging local tech companies and leaders with each other, as well as with resources at Google.
The company is partnering with tech hubs in Chicago, Denver; Detroit, Durham, N.C., Minneapolis, Nashville and Waterloo, Ontario.
“Through our work in more than 100 countries, we’ve been incredibly impressed with the catalyzing impact that tech hubs have had: helping startups grow, and creating jobs in local communities in the process,” wrote John Lyman, head of partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs, in a blog post. “We’re partnering to create a strong network, providing each hub with financial support alongside access to Google technology, platforms and mentors, and ensuring that entrepreneurs at these hubs have access to an even larger network of startups.”
The hubs, he said, offer a new approach to starting a successful new business.
“We’re excited to exchange ideas and connect hubs with each other and with Google to have an even bigger economic impact on local communities,” Lyman added.
8 hot IT skills for 2014
When it comes to overall job prospects for IT professionals, 2014 will look a lot like this year, with 32% of companies expecting to increase head count in their IT shops, compared with 33% in 2013, according to Computerworld’s annual Forecast survey.
But while demand will remain steady overall, there have been a few changes in the skill sets most desired by hiring managers. Unemployment “is probably close to zero for people with high-demand skill sets,” says Michael Kirven, founder and CEO of Mondo, a technology resource provider. Employers in search of top skills, he says, need to be prepared to move fast. “If you want them, you can be 100% sure there are at least two other firms that want them, as well,” he says.
1. Programming/application development
” 49% of respondents said that they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
” Last year’s ranking: No. 1
As it did in the 2013 Forecast survey, programming/application development tops the list of hot skills, although just under half of the 221 respondents said they will hire in this area, compared with 60% last year. Scot Melland, CEO of Dice Holdings, parent of IT jobs website Dice.com, concurs that software developers are the most sought-after technology workers and notes that they enjoy one of the lowest unemployment rates around — just 1.8%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s no wonder, then, that respondents to the Computerworld 2014 Forecast survey named developer and programmer job openings as the most difficult to fill. The hottest specialties within that category, Melland says, are mobile development expertise and experience building secure applications.
Carbonite, an online backup service provider, expects to find a tight market for software developers and engineers as it shifts its business model to focus on the needs of small businesses, says Randy Bogue, vice president of talent at the Boston-based company. “While there are a lot of experienced software developers in the Boston area, there are just as many technology companies looking to hire them,” he says. “We find this while looking for front-end developers, user experience engineers, mobile developers and pretty much any other software development position.”
Lucille Mayer, CIO at BNY Mellon, also expects to have difficulty finding developers. The financial services company has several hundred openings, mainly in New York City and Pittsburgh, and about 40% of those are in development. Another 30% are in infrastructure, 20% are for business analysis/project management positions, and 10% are in management.
“Demand is high for skilled developers with three to five years’ experience and a service delivery orientation,” says Mayer, who is particularly interested in people with object-oriented development experience. Also important is finding people from diverse backgrounds, with diverse ideas and perspectives, she says.
Hospitality giant Hyatt is transitioning from a reliance on third-party service providers and aims to bring more development talent in-house. “We’re looking to hire people who embrace agility and speed to move ideas to prototype and production quickly,” says Alex Zoghlin, Hyatt’s global head of technology.
2. Help desk/technical support
” 37% of respondents said that they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
” Last year’s ranking: No. 3
Help desk/tech support remained near the top of the list, moving up from No. 3 last year. Melland says that’s an encouraging sign for the economy and the overall hiring outlook. “Organizations mainly add help desk and tech support when they’re adding workers and expanding their technology infrastructure,” he says. Also contributing to demand for support technicians is the fact that many companies are bringing the help desk back in-house after outsourcing that function; that’s partly a response to the proliferation of mobile devices and company-provided Web services. Because of the complexity of such setups, “it’s important for support staff to really understand what the company is doing, which argues for having this function closer to home,” Melland says.
After several years of running a lean support function, Wolverine Advanced Materials in Dearborn, Mich., plans to hire a few help desk staffers in response to business growth and a decision to provide ITIL-based service management, says James Bland, network manager at the automotive materials supplier. “There is growth in the company, so we’re more confident in hiring,” he says.
” 31% of respondents said that they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
” Last year’s ranking: No. 8
Demand for networking skills jumped to No. 3 from eighth place last year. This correlates with the results of a recent survey by IT hiring firm Robert Half Technology, in which 55% of the respondents named network administration as the skill
The need for wireless connectivity is probably behind the interest in networking professionals, Melland says. “Demand for people with wireless networking experience is up 9% year over year,” he says, and the unemployment rate for network and systems administrators is 1.1%.
Charles Whitby, lead network analyst at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, says growing use of wireless medical devices is definitely fueling his workload. In addition to the increased network traffic they produce, those devices require a lot of troubleshooting — as is the case when, for example, their firmware needs upgrading but it hasn’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, he says.
Meanwhile, at Wolverine, Bland is looking to offload some networking responsibilities so he can concentrate on more strategic issues.
4. Mobile applications and device management
” 27% of respondents said that they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
” Last year’s ranking: No. 9
With mobile devices proliferating in both the corporate and consumer worlds, it’s little wonder that mobile skills catapulted toward the top of the list, from No. 9 last year. And because of mobile’s relatively new status, it’s also not surprising that Computerworld survey respondents named mobile expertise the third most difficult skill to find, after development and BI/analytics skills.
Which of these skills do you expect it will be most difficult to hire for?
Among respondents who expect an increase in IT employee head count in the next 12 months
Programming/application development 32%
Business intelligence/analytics 21%
Mobile applications and device management 17%
Project management 14%
Source: Computerworld Forecast survey; base: 221 IT executive respondents; June 2013
Mobile app development is “a huge initiative” at PrimeLending in Dallas, says CIO Tim Elkins, and it will be a key hiring area next year. In addition to expanding its Salesforce.com development ranks, the mortgage provider hopes to hire two or three mobile developers, he says. PrimeLending’s first mobile app is designed to enable its business partners — real estate agents and builders — to view loan statuses; its next one will be for consumers.
Elkins anticipates difficulty finding mobile developers and is therefore training a couple of current staffers to fill the need. “Salesforce.com developers are really tough to find because of the high demand, and so are mobile developers,” he says.
Mobile expertise is also a priority for Hyatt, and Zoghlin says the company is trying to fill niche roles to ensure a consistent strategy across areas like mobility and user experience.
5. Project Management
” 25% of respondents said that they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
” Last year’s ranking: No. 2
While project management fell from its No. 2 position last year, it is considered a highly sought-after skill. Melland says that Dice has found demand for project managers to be second only to demand for software developers/engineers, having risen 11% from last year. That uptick, he says, is another positive sign for the economy as a whole, because it indicates that companies are willing to pursue strategic projects.
Mondo’s Kirven attributes the demand for project managers to renewed interest in complex, strategic business-technology initiatives. “IT has historically been graded based on the success or failure of projects, so [companies are] making heavy investments in the business analyst/project manager layer,” he says. “These people need to be able to talk to developers about technology and the right solution, but they also need to put on their business hat to gather requirements and prioritize needs and translate that into a programmable effort for IT.”
6. Database Administration
” 24% of respondents said that they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
” Last year’s ranking: Not ranked
Database administration — which didn’t even make last year’s list — will be hot in 2014, likely because of interest in big data. Kirven concedes that the term big data is a catch-all for everything companies want to do with the burgeoning stockpiles of information they store on internal systems and, increasingly, collect from sources such as social media sites, the Web and third parties. Much of the interest in big data originates in marketing, which wants to learn as much about customers as possible.
“Oracle DBAs, data architects — these people stay on the market for about an hour until they’re hired,” Kirven says. “People are looking for that person who can build a logical data map of their systems and aggregate relevant data so they can analyze and report on it.”
DBAs with experience moving pieces of the IT infrastructure to the cloud will be highly sought after, says Melland, noting that demand for cloud skills is up 32% from last year.
To help kick off PrimeLending’s big data initiative, Elkins says he is seeking systems analysts, developers and DBAs to integrate data from third parties, with the goal of easing the mortgage process. “Mortgages have been like a big black hole, with a lack of transparency and a lot of sitting and waiting,” Elkins says. “Our focus in 2014 is to give consumers more control and an experience with mortgages that they’ve never had before.”
7. Security Compliance/Governance
” 21% of respondents said that they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
” Last year’s ranking: No. 4
Security expertise seems to show up on every list of hot IT skills, and Melland says interest in cybersecurity will further drive demand, which is up 23% from last year. “It’s one of those skills that falls into a lot of job types, like network engineering, software development and database architecture,” he says. Respondents to a recent Robert Half Technology survey said security jobs are among the most challenging to fill, in addition to application development and database management positions.
With the increase in malware and cyberattacks, security has become a No. 1 priority for PrimeLending, which doubled its security staff this year, from four to eight people, Elkins says.
8. Business Intelligence/Analytics
” 18% of respondents said that they plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months.
” Last year’s ranking: No. 5
With the volume of global data predicted to expand by a factor of 44 from 2009 to 2020 and reach 35.2 zettabytes, according to IDC, companies are eager to gain a competitive edge by developing sophisticated analytics capabilities. Although BI/analytics is still considered a specialty and therefore has fewer postings than other job categories on Dice.com, Melland says it’s the third fastest-growing skill area on the website, and demand is up 100% from last year. Analytics expertise is scarce, ranking second among the most difficult skills to find in the Computerworld survey. Accordingly, these professionals command high salaries, often into the six figures, Melland says.
At Wolverine, management’s demand for data-driven insights is growing, so Bland is looking for people with BI skills who are also familiar with the Plex Systems ERP application, which the company uses. “We would definitely like to get more information out of [our ERP] system, so someone with BI experience would be great,” he says. “We’d like to provide more information in a more timely manner so the business can be more proactive.” Hyatt, says Zoghlin, is similarly looking for people “who can make analytics usable and useful for customers and colleagues.”
Looking Beyond Tech Skills When Hiring IT Workers
Technology skills aren’t the only factor to consider when assessing candidates for IT jobs. Employers should also consider applicants’ interpersonal skills to ensure new hires will be effective in the workplace. The two most important characteristics, according to the Computerworld Forecast survey, are the ability to collaborate (cited by 66% of the respondents) and the ability to communicate with business users (62%). This comes as no surprise to Scot Melland, CEO of Dice Holdings. “So much technology is being used in every part of the organization that you need people who are good communicators,” he says.
James Bland, network manager at Wolverine Advanced Materials, says those are skills he will seek in new hires. “I want to empower our users to know how IT can help them be more efficient and get their job done,” he says, and that can happen only when IT helps translate systems capabilities into something the user can put to good use. “You can implement the best systems in the world, but if people don’t understand what to do with them, they’re useless,” Bland says.
Lucille Mayer, CIO at BNY Mellon, says a customer-service mentality is a must. “Our IT department is called Client Technology Solutions, and every one of us has a client customer, whether it be internal or external,” she says. “A service orientation and being customer-focused, collaborative and a great communicator is essential.”
An important communication skill is speaking the language of various business domains, such as marketing, sales and finance, Melland says. In fact, according to Michael Kirven at Modis, employers are increasingly seeking people with knowledge of business disciplines in addition to tech skills, whether it’s an HTML5 developer who understands the supply chain in retail or a Java developer with experience in financial derivatives trading systems. “Specialization can really drive innovation,” he says.
At PrimeLending, it’s all about cultural fit. “We hire for culture first,” says CIO Tim Elkins. This is particularly true at the leadership level. “If we’re going to hire a new manager, it’s not just a matter of whether they’re a good leader but whether they can adapt to our style,” which Elkins calls “servant leadership” — meaning leaders are called to serve, not order people around.
Ballmer: Three-layered plan will lead to ‘One Microsoft’
Two months in, it’s hard to tell the status of the realignment plan that’s supposed to bring cohesion and agility to Microsoft
It’s been two months since Steve Ballmer unfurled his plan to restructure Microsoft’s operations, and inquiring minds would like to know what stage the process is at.
In fact, he was asked just that on Thursday during the company’s meeting with Wall Street analysts, but Ballmer’s answer wasn’t entirely clear or specific.
The analyst who brought up the subject asked whether the process was completed and, if it’s not, whether it would take several more quarters for all the pieces of the different teams to be in place and for everyone to know whom they report to.
Ballmer answered that there are three layers to the implementation of the plan, although he didn’t explain what each layer involves.
“The first layer is obviously done,” he said.
In that case, the first layer may have involved the drafting and announcing of the plan, completed in July.
At that time, Ballmer explained the realignment is designed to make Microsoft function in a more unified, cohesive manner so that it can be more agile responding to market opportunities and innovating.
As part of the restructuring, Microsoft dissolved its five business units — the Business Division, which housed Office; Server & Tools, which included SQL Server and System Center; the Windows Division; Online Services, which included Bing; and Entertainment and Devices, whose main product was the Xbox console.
It replaced them with four engineering groups organized by function, around operating systems, applications, cloud computing and devices, and by centralized groups for marketing, business development, strategy and research, finance, human resources, legal and operations.
Terry Myerson was appointed to lead the new Operating Systems Engineering Group, while Julie Larson-Green was picked to helm the Devices and Studios Engineering Group. Qi Lu became chief of the Applications and Services Engineering Group, while Satya Nadella was chosen as head of the Cloud and Enterprise Engineering Group.
The Dynamics enterprise software apps team was left as it was and Kirill Tatarinov remained at the helm. Kevin Turner stayed in his chief operating officer role, as did CFO Amy Hood, General Counsel Brad Smith and HR head Lisa Brummel.
Tami Reller, who had led the Windows team with Larson-Green, was appointed marketing chief for the company. Eric Rudder was chosen to lead the Advanced Strategy and Research Group, while Tony Bates, former Skype president, was put in charge of the Business Development and Evangelism Group.
After declaring the first layer completed, Ballmer on Thursday went on to say that “there’s not a lot of change in Kevin’s world at the next layer,” referring to COO Turner.
Reller, the marketing chief, is “mostly done” and Bates, the business development and evangelism head, is “mostly done I would say, on the business side.”
It’s not clear from Ballmer’s comments if they’re done with the entire realignment process in their respective units or just with the second layer.
Meanwhile, Myerson, the OS team chief, has made “some moves” and “probably has a few more over time as his guys figure it out,” Ballmer said, adding that at least he has put in “the structure below him.”
“Satya has perhaps fewer changes that he will make. Obviously, with the acquisition of Nokia, there will be a set of work that needs to go on that Julie will work on with Stephen Elop, who will run that area,” Ballmer said, referring to cloud chief Nadella, device and studio head Larson-Green and Elop, Nokia’s CEO, who will rejoin Microsoft when that acquisition is completed. When Elop left for the Nokia job in September 2010, he had been president of what then was the Business Division at Microsoft, where he oversaw products like Office, and he was also a member of the senior membership team of Microsoft Corporation from 2008 until his departure.
There isn’t much to change in the Dynamics team other than “matrixing in the marketing and some of the other functions,” Ballmer said.
Meanwhile, Qi Lu, chief of the Applications and Services Engineering Group, is further behind, according to Ballmer, because he’s still deciding what will be the best structure for his team.
“So when there’s news, there will be news, but he has not done anything at the layer underneath him. His structure looks exactly like it looked before the reorg, and it could stay that way or he could choose to change it,” he said.
Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to a request for clarification on the timetable and progress of the reorganization.
The reorganization is of great importance to employees, customers, partners and investors, because, as Ballmer himself said on Thursday, the restructuring isn’t simply about moving people around the company.
Rather, the plan grew out of months of deep discussions among the senior executives on how to make the company more agile, more innovative and more competitive as it transforms itself from a provider of packaged software for PCs and servers and into a provider of hardware devices and cloud services.
“Going forward, our strategy will focus on creating a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe at home, at work and on the go, for the activities they value most,” Ballmer wrote in a memo sent to all Microsoft employees when he announced the reorganization.
The plan seeks to focus the whole company on a single strategy, improving its capacity in all its business and technology areas and collaborating better around a common set of goals.
“This is a big undertaking. It touches nearly every piece of what we do and how we work. It changes our org structure, the way we collaborate, how we allocate resources, how we best empower our engineers and how we market,” Ballmer wrote.
The overall goal is to have “One Microsoft,” according to Ballmer.
“We are rallying behind a single strategy as one company — not a collection of divisional strategies. Although we will deliver multiple devices and services to execute and monetize the strategy, the single-core strategy will drive us to set shared goals for everything we do,” Ballmer wrote. “We will see our product line holistically, not as a set of islands.”
Consequently, a lot is riding on how successfully this reorganization is implemented. It’s never a given that corporate realignment plans yield their stated benefits. In fact, they often end up backfiring if not properly carried out and hurt companies by creating confusion and infighting among the staff and doubts among partners and customers.
Microsoft has come out with so many product and solutions that it has become important for the organizations to hire professionals with the right certifications, so that they can take care of these products and come up with the right solutions. Therefore, it is important for the candidates to undergo a well structured and comprehensive training program that would help them to complete the MCTS training and to help them to get good paying jobs.
What is the MCTS Certification?
Microsoft has come up with an important and highly accredited IT program for the candidates to undergo, which is known popularly as the MCTS course. This program, when completed from a reputed training institute like The Knowledge Academy, can bring wonders to the organization and help candidates to derive in huge benefits. It validates the individuals’ knowledge and ensures that their level of expertise is enhanced, so that they can get a better future and plenty of opportunities. On the successful completion of the MCTS training program, the candidates are able to be proficient in their work and be in a position to handle different types of job roles, like that of the database administrator or messaging administrator. However, a detailed profile could include designing, building, deploying, operating and optimizing the different types of technologies. The candidates are also expected to design, prepare technological decisions that would be necessary for ensuring the successful implementation of the projects.
Why the MCTS Certification is required?
In this age of specialization and intense competition, it is a must for the candidates to undergo advanced programs like the MCTS course, which would keep them ahead of the others in competition. The MCTS is rather, a complete technical program based on the Microsoft products. The full form of MCTS is Microsoft Certified Technology specialist. On the successful completion of this program, the candidates are provided with better job opportunities. But this would require them to get better grades in the exam and be equipped with the latest techniques and tools that this program has to impart. It can be stated that the MCTS training program is a better way to have the required knowledge to become a complete professional, so that they are able to perform different types of tasks properly, when employed.
Moreover, the MCTP program is integrated with various modules, which comprise of a detailed and comprehensive concept, for giving the candidates a proper insight and thorough knowledge of the program. It also helps them to meet their goals and objectives with ease and justifies their credibility in the industry.
The different methods followed in the MCTS Certification program
The candidates in order to get hold of the much coveted certification in MCTS can undergo the program from regular classroom or online sessions. Whatever be the mode of training that they undergo, it is necessary on their part to get a thorough knowledge of the program, so that they are considered for better positions in the industry and given a responsible profile, with a good hike in their salary.
10 highest paying IT careers for 2013
According to recent reports, IT job growth is up 43 percent since 2012. Find out what jobs are commanding the highest pay within the ever-competitive IT job market.
IT Jobs on the Rise
June was a good month for the IT job market. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the U.S. added more than 18,200 jobs. That’s good news for IT pros looking to make a change.
So what roles are paying the most in 2013? Mondo, an IT staffing firm, reports that it has seen steady growth year-over-year and that’s equating to six figure salaries for the roles outlined here. IT salaries are, says Mondo founder and CEO Michael Kirven, “trending upward across the board. Each guide shows the previous year’s data over the current year and whether trending upward or flat. Very little has trended down in the technology space.”
This data was compiled based on Mondo’s 1,500 placements nationwide over the last year.
CIO – Chief Information Officer
Remember the days proclaiming “the death of the CIO role?” Those days are long gone. CIOs and CTOs are again viewed as not only necessary, but highly desired as a strategic partner within the C Suite, according to experts. Technology is a major competitive differentiator and having a seasoned, forward-thinking CTO or CIO is a game changer.
“The CIO is more of a business strategist and technology visionary, a talent manager and change agent. They tend to focus on information, insight and innovation, influence along with a few traditional ‘I’s such as: integration, infrastructure, interface., etc.,” says Kirven.
CTO – Chief Technology Officer
The CTO position is commonly responsible for technology strategy. The technology in any given industry changes at a dizzying pace and CTOs need to pay keen attention to the technological trends shaping their industry in order to make good choices on which platforms and systems to invest in. The CTO must determine what new technologies to leverage in order to enhance a company’s products and/or services.
CSO – Chief Security Officer
Security is more important than any time in history. The CSO also needs to put compliance in place to protect the landscape. High-profile breaches in security can hammer a stock price so CEOs see security as a real threat, and they continue to invest. “Technology dramatically increases in complexity every year, and it is critical that the CSO understands the complexity involved and fights for the necessary internal budgets,” says Kirven.
Vice President of Information Technology
According to Kirven, the vice president of technology tends to be more technology driven; however, understanding the business is important because it relates to oversight of enterprise architecture, improving end-user experience and managing IT via effective governing.
IT Security Manager: (With 10 or More Years of Experience)
IT security managers saw a huge spike in salaries year-over-year, jumping from 90,000 to 120,000. According to Kirven, increased exposure to data online, security breaches and a higher demand for CISSP certified professionals have driven up not only demand but also what companies are willing to pay for the skilled security roles.
“High demand for their skills lets software architects demand hefty paychecks, and they are some of the highest paid IT professionals,” says Kirven.
They have the perfect combination of understanding the business value of a solution as well as the technology complexities it involves. They can toggle seamlessly between the business and technology worlds, which makes them highly desirable.
Application Architect (With 10 or More Years of Experience)
The application architect helps to reduce costs and shorten development times. In many scenarios, they are responsible for the actual architecture of software and applications. Within the product lifecycle, once the basic requirements are formalized — but before developers begin their work — application architects do their work of creating high-level tasks.
“Application architects are important to an organization because they set the vision for future Web applications and demonstrate this vision with proof-of-concept applications. They typically work with development teams on the first few implementations of a roll out,” says Kirven.
These IT pros are responsible for a company’s vast computer and telecommunications networks. These can include WANs, LANs, extranets and intranets. Network architecture has advanced more over the past eight years than in the previous 20, according to Kirven. “There is a huge push to build private clouds or a hybrid between public and private clouds. This has put a lot of pressure on networking departments to address the challenges that the cloud has placed on the enterprise.”
Tablets and smartphones are everywhere and prices have dropped to the point where many tech consumers have more than one and, according to Mondo, Android is winning, at least within the developer job market. “Android’s market share continues to outshine Apple because the leading innovators prefer the ‘open’ nature of Android over the closed structure of Apple. This is driving up prices for Android developers,” says Kirven.
Data Warehouse Engineer
Big data experts are in high demand, but most companies do not understand just how competitive the job market is or how expensive and complex big data can be. The engineers who specialize within this area of IT are highly sought after and driving up rates, according to Mondo’s data.
“Everyone is talking about big data and how to drive top line revenue by investing heavily. Also for the first time, CMOs are building their own big data departments independent of the CIO and that is also driving up salary rates,” says Kirven.
Additional Significant Salary Growth Within IT
According to Mondo’s research, the following IT positions have also experienced significant salary growth from 2012-2013.
• Data Analysts base salaries increased 18.3 percent from $60,000 to $71,000
• Help Desk Senior Staffers (with 7-10 years’ experience) salaries increased 15.4% from $65,000 to $75,000
• Technical Writer base salaries went up 14.3 percent from $70,000 to $80,000
• HTML5 Developers with salaries predicted to range from $97,000 to 135,000