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Mobile IT Pros are positioned well in IT Labor Market

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Mobile IT Pros are at the right place in pandemic times

Telecommuting IT ProsJanco reported on  the U.S. Department of Labor data. Nearly 3.3 million initial unemployment claims were filed in the last full week of March 2020. That smashed previous records of 665,000 in March 2009 and the all-time mark of 695,000 in October 1982.

How is that impacting tech sector employment?

The CEO of Janco Associates, Victor Janulaitis, Janco Associates, says any IT pro who already is working remotely is probably in a much safer position and more protected from a layoff. On the reverse side, IT pros working on legacy systems at companies that have not moved toward mobile computing for enterprise operations are at the greatest risk for losing thier jobs.

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Top 10 Technologies 2019

Top 10 Technology Trends according to Janco

Janco has identified 10 technologies with the potential to make the greatest impact on business operations, customer interactions, and can create business opportunities. Staffing will be the constraining factor.

They are:

  1. 5G Wireless
  2. 3D Printing
  3. IoT
  4. AI
  5. VR
  6. Drone based applications
  7. Biometrics
  8. Blockchain
  9. Quantum Computing

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KPI Metrics are the key to productivity

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KPI MetricsMany metrics efforts lack relevance to the business and are not well linked to economic and service outcomes. It is difficult for many C-Level executives to understand how non-financial defined and monitored metrics relate to enterprise objectives, and how they provide insight into the value and service levels that IT delivers. What they want are KPI (Key Performance Indicators)

many applications and application monitoring tools now depend on on-line desktop monitors with automated interaction with the system administrators to provide real time data analysis. In some cases these desktop KPI and metrics tools even operate on devices as small as a SmartPhone.

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Full Employment in 38 states

38 States are now at Full Employment - An Uemployment rate of 4.0% or less

With the latest data for the BLS, Janco has identified that there now are 38 States at full employment levels.  Included are Michigan, Neveda, New York, Illinois, and California.

Full Employment States November 2019

The employment picture continues to look better.  In the 2020 IT Salary Survey, Janco has calculated salaries have increased by 4.9% from the prior year.  Demand is high.  Approximately 100K new IT jobs were created in the past year.  In addition, the preliminary forecast for 2020 is that an additional 100K new jobs will be created.  As a result salaries will only get higher for in demand skills.

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Balance between Privacy, cybersecurity, and compliance is not there yet

How many enterprises are compliant with all mandated security and privacy requirements

Compliance Management may conflict with PrivacyThere is a misconception that privacy and security are in conflict with each other, and that’s not true. Privacy purists often think that cybersecurity tools track a lot of personal data and invade privacy.

There now is an evolution of the privacy community, driven by significant data breaches. Lots of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) has made its way into the Dark Web, thanks to some of the huge data breaches of the past few years, so much so that the price of Social Security numbers has dropped considerably. Unless organizations are required to implement security, the fight to protect privacy won’t be won. That’s been a shift over the last five or so years. When that happens, there will be a much better relationship between the privacy community and the security industry, and this will spill over into rules and regulations.

Thre should be a set of federal mandates that are designed to level the privacy playing field when it comes to consent but at the same time obligating organizations of all sizes to take privacy seriously.

GDPR is a good start because it provides a good roadmap on how to think from a privacy point of view.

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