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Blockchain Developer is the hot new job

Blockchain Developer Job Description Released

Blockchain developer is an in high demand job.  Individuals who have the skills command high starting salaries.  The base for that postion in most markets is now $125K and in some markets go as high as $150K. 

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One of the major challenges of blockchain is the existing legacy infrastructure of each of the enterprises engaged in this development and implementation process. Increasingly, it appears for financial services blockchain applications, such as cross-border lending and settlement records, where blockchain's core strengths - rapid record verification and an ability to do deals with untrusted parties - outweigh the complexity of deploying it. But for other cases, especially those involving internal records, banks and other institutions will likely stick with existing software solutions.

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iOS 11 adds password manager

A safe and secure password may not be in the cards for iOS

Password managerApple's iOS 11 comes with a new feature could make passwords less annoying and perhaps less secure.

Whenever a login box appears -- including in apps -- a small key-prompt appears, allowing the user to open their bank of passwords. The password manager is protected by the user's device passcode, or Touch ID if it's enabled, to prevent others from snooping.

Many users new to iOS 11 will find that their password manager already be populated with login information. That's because passwords that were saved in Safari -- either on older versions of iOS or their Macs -- are now stored in the iOS 11's password manager. The key difference is that the saved passwords now work within apps, too.

Password managers are ever increasing in popularity because they take the effort out of remembering your entire set of account passwords across various apps, websites, and services. In most cases, password managers encourage users to use strong, unique passwords, which prevent hackers from reusing stolen credentials from one service to attack a user on another site.

Although the feature is a boon for personal user security, it won't be a death knell to other password managers -- many of which have far more security and privacy-focused features packed in than Apple's relatively barebones version. At the time of writing, for example, the password manager feature doesn't allow users to generate passwords, a feature of most other password managers.

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Tools for enterprise managers, the CIO and others

Tools for enterprise managers, the CIO and others

With technologies that rapidly evolve, it is the mindset - the willingness to work with new, innovative technology solutions - that must first change.

Project-management, collaboration, and change-management skills will become important for enterprise managers. These capabilities will ensure that manager identify expected outcomes and benefits while teaming with other functions and service providers.

In keeping with their expanded role, management professionals will also be expected to interact effectively with the C-suite, deliver business cases for changes within the enterprise, and impact business processes and functions beyond their normal role.

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Challenges that CIOs and C-Level executives face

The right tools to build an IT Infrastructure Architecture for CIOs who want to create a world class enterprise

CIO ChallengesTechnology has changed the way enterprises can and do enter markets. Today there is broader access to resources and deeper institutional knowledge that can be leveraged. Large enterprise-level organizations have long held a distinct competitive advantage over smaller, would-be competitors. But increasingly, technology and wide scale digital access have leveled the playing field for nimble upstarts seeking to disrupt and dislodge. Keeping pace in this digital landscape requires more than the band-aid of a new app or tool; IT leaders have to go deeper, fundamentally rethinking everything from products and processes to employee and customer experience.

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Digital information and ecommerce are CEOs top priority

IT Infrastructure to support digital information and ecommerce are the focus of many CIOs

Digital information and ecommerce are a priorityCIOs and Companies are placing digital information and ecommerace as a top agenda item for 2017.  CEOs are expecting CIOs and their IT Leaders' help in navigating the organization through the complex digital journey. 

The opportunity for the IT team is "now" because we are uniquely positioned to help our companies. This new and rapidly changing world poses a talent and leadership challenge.   Janco has already started designing career paths for driving talent change and building required leadership skills within the enterprise. 

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IT Job FamiliesBoth in an individual's personal career planning and an enterprise's staffing, promotion and compensation it is important to have benchmarks on the levels that individuals are at. To that end, one of the best objective ways to meet this goal is to have formal job descriptions and clear paths for promotion and compensation.

Over the past three decades Janco Associates and its principles have created a set of over 281 IT Job descriptions  that are viewed by many as the industry standard. As a natural extension of that offering Janco has documented its IT job classification system.

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