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Other IT budgets are rising, is yours?
Finance, procurement and human resources groups are expected to experience more cutbacks this year, but IT departments will enjoy a slight increase in budgets. That's according to a survey of IT leaders by The Hackett Group, which found that IT operating budgets will rise more than 2 percent in 2013. If this scenario sounds familiar, you may be discovering that your team is being subjected to greater demands and expectations than in the past.
Study: BYOD, cloud have placed a premium on IT security
Booz Allen Hamilton and Frost & Sullivan released a market study that revealed how BYOD, cloud adoption, social media and software development have bolstered the demand for IT security professionals. Dubbed as The 2013 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study and sponsored by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium Inc., the report showed that the positive trend is not going to dwindle in the near future. "For those who have chosen a career in information security, it is a rewarding profession both intellectually and financially," wrote Michael P. Suby, vice president of research at Frost & Sullivan.
Ignore cloud security assessment at your own risk
Companies that deploy software-as-a-service often don't know everything about the security provisions their SaaS providers and partners have in place. Experts say it's because they don't know what to ask, they don't know what to test and they no longer know what's standard for a cloud service provider contract.
IT's rising stars: Next-gen leaders transform the enterprise
Computerworld via InfoWorld
Ask Armand Rabinowitz about his senior level IT position at Hyatt Hotels, and here's what you won't hear: any talk of applications, architecture, virtualization or storage. No mention of data centers, networks or the cloud. Not once does he reference a single piece of hardware. Not once does he use the word "user."
It's not that Rabinowitz doesn't care about those trappings of enterprise IT — he does. It's just that he views them as a means to an end, and the end is what excites him. Tomorrow's CIOs are already transforming enterprise IT, bringing fresh, sometimes radical visions of how technology can enable business now and in the future.
10 trends shaping IT hiring in 2013
Network World (registration required)
There's plenty of reason for optimism about IT jobs. CIOs are ramping up hiring, average salaries are climbing, and companies are increasing their investments in core tech areas such as security, mobility and data analytics. Concerns about the economy and budget battles on Capitol Hill have put a damper on the IT job scene, but not enough to thwart expansion.
Cybercrime is on the minds of board members; CIOs, CISOs rejoice
It wasn't that long ago that the topic of cybercrime was met with boredom by board members, according to a former financial services CIO who currently serves on several corporate boards. These days, cybersecurity is an eye-popping (and nail-biting) topic around the boardroom table, and it's not just focused on members' fiduciary duties as they relate to risk management. "It is expanding to areas like impact to reputation, brand, market and investor perceptions, threats to revenue," the former CIO said.
Health care CIOs: You have the tech chops, but are you ready to lead?
Over the years, the big topics for the annual meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society centered around electronic medical records implementation.
There were years where CIOs were worried about projects such as installing wireless systems, investing in big ticket equipment and devices and using RTLS to track it. More recently, it's been about the ICD-10 coding system overhaul or Meaningful Use.
Left to your own devices
"Bring your own device" is not a new idea at all. The trend has been changing so fast that it is reshaping the way IT is purchased, managed, delivered and secured.
"Resistance is futile, and it applies to the phenomenon of BYOD," said Sebastian Taylor, global leader of mobility, wireless and RFID services at IBM Corp.
Many CIOs have recognized the importance of allowing mobile devices to blend into the workplace.
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