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2020 IT Salary Survey Shows Salaries up by 4.9% for IT Pros

Approximately 100,000 new IT jobs were created in 2019 – another record year

IT Salaries are on the rise. As the general economy improves more companies are investing in information technology. The emphasis over the past several years is in both e-commerce and mobile computing. At the same time with the ever-increasing cyber attacks and data breaches, CIO are looking to harden their sites and lock down data access so that they can protect all of their electronic assets.

Median IT Salaries

Added to that in an ever-increasing array of mandated requirements from the EU with GPDR and US federal and state requirements to protect individual users' privacy. All of these factors increase demand for experienced IT Pros and salaries they are paid.

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- 2020 IT Salary Survey Shows Salaries up by 4.9% for IT Pros


China to no longer alow US hardware or softwate

China to lock US companies out of its technology markets

China infrastructureThe China goverments has ordered all government offices and public institutions to replace foreign hardware and software with Chinese alternatives within the next three years. The targets are for 30% in 2020, in 2021 it is 50%, and then 20% in 2022.

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Top 10 Social Network Security Tips

Top 10 Social Networking Tips

Top 10 Social Networking TipsTop 10 tips to improve social networking securitySocial Networking Policy

  1. Educate employees
  2. Have employees use different passwords for different system
  3. Mandate strong passwords
  4. Have employees change passwords regularly
  5. Do not share accounts
  6. Implement two factor authentication
  7. Educate employees to NOT open email attachments or go to links where the originator is not known 
  8. Utilize antivirus and security software
  9. Don't friend people you do not know
  10. Validate and verify

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Disaster and business continuity spending will be lower in 2020

Business continuity spending in 2020

Disaster and business continuity planningMost organizations are maintaining disaster recovery and business continuity spending levels. Janco reports that in 8%  of organizations business continuity spending will be "much higher" in 2020 compared to 2019 and will be "higher" in 26%. Half of all organizations will maintain business continuity spending at the same level in 2020 as it was in 2019.

Only in 11% percent of respondents will organizational business continuity spending would be lower in 2020 than in 2019.

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- Disaster and business continuity spending will be lower in 2020


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.  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 300 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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- Digital information and ecommerce are CEOs top priority


Communication Key to World Class IT Function

Communication via Social Networking as a Media Outlet

Communication managementCIOs need to manage accountability in communication for the IT function. Creating a culture of accountability is everyone’s responsibility. IT Pros are more creative, more responsive to challenges, and more capable of serving the needs of the IT function when they are held accountable. When managers haven’t mastered this fundamental leadership skill, the consequences can be catastrophic. Projects stall, communication breaks down, people point fingers, morale tanks. And when star IT Pros realize they don’t work on a high-performing team, they head for the door.

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- Communication Key to World Class IT Function


Information Technology Governance model defined

Implement Proven IT Governance Model for Success

It Governance ModelAn IT Governance model is the basis for instituting and sustaining information security governance.  The process requires comprehensive planning and organizing; robust acquisitions and implementations; effective delivery and support.  In addition the as well as continuous monitoring and evaluation to address the myriad of managerial, operational, and technical issues that can thwart satisfying an enterprise's declared mission. Consequently, information security governance requires an adaptive balance between management and applied technology. Management enables assuring adequate asset safeguarding while applied technology can introduce efficiencies for addressing potential external or internal threats. The IT Governance model defines key areas including, responsibilities, data protection management, alternative governance frameworks, organizational structure considerations, governance effectiveness measurement, and much more.

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IT Job Families Define Structure of IT Teams

Job Classification system is a basis for creating IT Team Structure

A modern IT structure includes team members who are representative of customers or the people engaging customers. For example, a consumer banking IT team should include a teller or bank manager, she contends, and a retail enterprise should enlist a store manager as part of an IT delivery team. Being a business leader means understanding the customer, and you can’t do that if all you’re doing is wearing an IT hat. You have to create a team that includes some unconventional players.

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