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      Is the US goverment hiring too many IT Pros?

      Is the US goverment hiring too many IT Pros?

      The current administration plans to hire 6,500 people with cybersecurity skills before the new admininstration is place. It had hired 3,000 by the first half of this year.

      Both HR and IT have a critical role in addressing the expectations that the Executive Management has of HR and the CIO. You need integrated processes with an application/infrastructure backbone to support them. While the CIO may have a systems focus with a lack of sympathy for HR needs, his/her demands actually will enable HR to gain better process focus.

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      • Chief Security Officer (CSO)
      • Chief Compliance Officer (CCO)
      • VP Strategy - Architecture
      • Director e-Commerce
      • Database Administrator
      • Data Security Administrator
      • Manager Data Security
      • Manager Facilities and Equipment
      • Manager Network - Computing Services
      • Manager Network Services
      • Manager Training - Documentation
      • Manager Voice and Data Communication
      • Manager Wireless Systems
      • Network Security Analyst
      • System Administrator - Linux
      • System Administrator - Unix
      • System Administrator - Windows
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      Metrics for Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

      Metrics are the current Critical Success Factors (CSFs) and Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

      Metrics - KPI - CSFMetrics are fundamental for measuring performance. But which metrics are really driving companies forward?

      Metrics and Key performance indicators (KPIs) are a basic tool for a company’s management to measure performance. A number of years ago we called KPIs Critical Success Factors (CSFs). KPIs are more granular and focus management’s attention to a finite array of statistics that are indicative of a company’s performance They are believed to have explanatory power over the company’s desired success and profitability.

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      Wall Street Journal quotes

      CEO of Janco quoted in the Wall Street Journal

      The CEO of Janco Associates was quoted in the Wall Street Journal several times in the last few months.  The articles are listed below:

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      Younger workers are at more risk to taken in by scams

      Scams score more with younger workers according to study funded by Microsoft

      Younger individuals are most easily duped by technical support scams according to a recent survey.

      • Individuals between 25 and 34 were more than three times as likely to fall for the fake-out as those aged 55 to 64.
      • Individuals between 18 and 24 -- were little better than their slightly-older cohort; they were tricked by the scams more than two and a half times the rate of the group aged 66 and older.
      • Globally, about two-thirds of the respondents had encountered a technical support scam.
      • 20% -- allowed the scammer to continue his or her story -- and nearly one in 10 had actually given money to the fraudster

      The survey paid for by Microsoft, queried 1,000 adults ages 18 and up in each of several countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany and India.

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      Enterprise operations control strategic IT spending

      Enterprise operations control strategic IT spending

      IT Strategic spendingIn many enterprises new technology investment is funded out of line of business and when it's about to go live and become an operational cost, it switches over to an IT budget."

      The relationship between enterprise operations and the IT department when it came to priorities and strategic spending is less like 'us' versus 'them' and more like 'contentious siblings'.

      Fundamentally, the role of the CIO when deciding on IT spending is both to advise business leaders on viable technologies for realizing a project's goals, but to also explain how any new investments would fit with a firm's existing infrastructure.

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      What do the states' unemployment numbers tell us?

      What do the states' unemployment numbers tell us?

      The state unemployment numbers cannot really tell us about the state of the overall job market.  First the numbers are "constantly" being adjusted by individuals that have an agenda that is not in all cases pure.  For example in July 2016, the data that was reported said that unemployment rates were significantly higher in 7 states, lower in 3 states, and stable in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 15 states, decreased in Kansas, and was essentially unchanged in 34 states and the District. 

      No where in that presentation is the fact the overall labor force participation is a 62.8% (saying that 94 plus million individuals are permanently out of the labor force). That would make overall unemployment number well over 12%.

      High unemployment states July 2016

      The only fact that is clear from the data is the Nevada has been a high unemployment state for over 8 years.

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      Skill set for future CIO and CTO is altered

      Skill set for future CIO and CTO is altered

      To best cope with digital-driven disruption, companies are looking for technology leaders who can adapt the enterprise to a changing environment. Moving through abrupt change, the senior technology executive of the future will look more progressive than the CIO/CTO of even just a year ago. The next generation technology chief would have to have the following traits to succeed in bringing change to an organization:

      • Be a visionary with a third eye looking at the future
      • Be able to adapt to constant transformations
      • Be a driver for a network economy
      • Be a role model for infrastructure management and governance
      • Be Flexible
      • Be an implementer for custom solutions

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      Role of the CIO has changed

      The role of the CIO has changed over the last decade, from the scope of their responsibilities to the skill set required, and even their career aspirations. Evolving in the digital era, CIOs now need to improve their cyber security strategy.

      The chief information officer's (CIO) role, responsibilities and influence is growing in today's boardroom. And the CIOs job itself is expanding as well. The CIOs of the next decade face many challenges. The CIOs who will succeed will have a common set of skills.

      • CIOs both visionary and pragmatic
      • CIOs focus on ROI improvement of IT
      • CIOs inspire the enterprise and expand the business impact of IT

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