Young employees determined to log onto Facebook or bounce around the Web are going to do so, in part because they're motivated to get online and frequently ignore IT policies, and also because the policies in place simply aren't tough enough, according to a global study from Cisco. Seven out of 10 young employees outright ignore IT policies on a frequent basis, and one in four is a victim of identity theft before the age of 30, Cisco says.
Are you concerned that Windows 8 with its radically redesigned UI and Metro style Start menu will be too much to swallow on the desktop? It's a valid concern, though it doesn't appear to be scaring off businesses and IT departments, both of which are already showing strong interest in Microsoft's upcoming OS well ahead of its 2012 launch.
If you're trained in IT and looking for a job, there's a good chance you'll find employment. Most of your peers are back in work. Citing third quarter numbers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, InformationWeek says there are now an estimated 4.14 million people employed in U.S. IT jobs, which is around the level of employment of Q2 2008 before the recession cut that number down.
Sending jobs offshore is more commonplace than ever in the tech industry. According to a recent survey, nearly two thirds -- 65 percent -- of tech firms outsource at least part of their business. Nearly one in four of these offshore jobs are for existing services, while another 20 percent said they use offshore services to manage their day-to-day operations.
The bean counters at Ovum, a data monitoring firm located in Australia, crunched a bunch of numbers and determined that the IT services industry is in pretty bad shape, which is putting it nicely. According to Ovum, the value of new contract signings fell to its lowest point in eight years during the second quarter of 2011.
Before you skimp on the size of your next hard drive to shave a few bucks off your system build, you should consider the state of the digital universe. To help you do that, IDC put together its fifth annual study of the digital universe sponsored by EMC Corporation and found that it's, well, big and vast. We already knew that last year when planet Earth broke the zettabyte barrier, and by the end of 2011, the amount of information created and replicated will surpass 1.8 zettabytes (that's 1.8 trillion gigabytes), growing by a factor of 9 in just five years, IDC says.
If you're an IT worker looking for a job, there's no need to sing the summertime blues. While the recession took its toll on the number of IT positions available, jobs are now out there as U.S. firms look to slowly start hiring again for the second half the year as the economy picks up, according to a recent survey.
Wouldn't it be great if Nick Burns would pop in the room every time you had a computer issue you couldn't figure out on your own? Or better yet, when someone else in the room ran into trouble? The answer is 'Yes, that would rock.' Unfortunately, SNL's smart aleck character, as portrayed by Jimmy Fallon, isn't even on the show anymore, let alone a real dude. Where does a user go for help?
Norton hopes you'll go to them. We know what you're thinking, Norton makes security software, right? That's true, but today the company announced its new NortonLive Ultimate Help Desk service, essentially an on-call personal IT service that purports to do everything from troubleshoot computer issues to help setup PCs and printers to iPod devices.
Hit the jump for more details, including how much this service costs.
Hitachi didn't win the race to 3TB, but it did blaze a new trail by introducing its new 3TB Ultrastar 7K3000 hard drive. What makes this drive unique is that it's the first enterprise-class, 3.5-inch HDD to offer this much capacity. In addition, it's the only 7,200 RPM drive this side of the Milky Way to come rated at 2 million MTBF.
"From early-stage research to design and development to component selection and manufacturing, we have multi-layer processes in place to ensure that our customers receive the highest quality products throughout the entire life of the hard drive program," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing at Hitachi GST. "Raising our MTBF to 2 million hours on our Ultrastar 7K3000 family reinforces this quality commitment. Our new Ultrastar drives will continue to play an important and growing role in data centers that require 24x7 availability for cloud storage, massive scale out (MSO) data farms, data warehousing, disk-to-disk backup, RAID arrays, and more."
For those who plan to build a data farm around these drives, Hitachi says it kept TCO to a minimum. The 7K3000 purportedly offers a 32 percent reduction in watts-per-gigabyte compared to previous generation Ultrastar A7K2000 drives.
The Ultrastar 7K3000 family (3TB and 2TB capacities) is now shipping with a 6Gb/s SATA interface. Hitachi will roll out a 6Gb/s SAS variant in mid-2011.
IT pros notched another year of nearly flat salaries under their belts and on average generated salary increases of less than 1 percent ($73,384 from $78,845 in 2009), according to a new survey by technology and engineering career website Dice.com.
On the bright side, 49 percent of those surveyed said they received a raise in 2010, up from 36 percent in 2009. In addition, companies doled out bonuses to 29 percent of respondents in 2010 compared to 24 percent in 2009.
The result of all this is that half of the respondents said they were either "somewhat" or "very satisfied" over their pay, a slight increase from 46 percent in 2009, but employers shouldn't be content with this. Almost 40 percent said they believe they would get a bigger salary by switching employers in 2011.
"Companies can no longer get away with paltry salary increases for their technology staffs based on the demand we are seeing for talent," said Tom Silver, SVP, North America at Dice. "The moderate increases in satisfaction levels indicate that tech professionals’ concerns are being heard by some companies, but certainly not all. Retention is the key to driving additional contributions to the business from technology staffs. Employers that are reluctant to increase compensation or step-up retention efforts will likely pay for their unsatisfactory ways."
For those just getting into the IT field, average salaries are lower for professionals with less than two years experience, dropping 6 percent below their peak average in 2008. Learning Oracle could help with this, as Dice noted that Oracle experience was requested in more than 15,000 job postings on any given day.