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IT Leaders Report Major Concerns about Securing IT Talent for Large IT Infrastructure Projects

October 13, 2011 13:00 by Ann Pace

(From Business Wire) -- Only 32% of IT leaders report being effective at workforce planning for large IT infrastructure projects, according to a recent survey performed by TEKsystems and CIO magazine. Although most IT leaders believe the success of any IT initiative depends on the people driving it, they often prioritize many other considerations ahead of workforce planning.

TEKsystems(R), a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, human capital management expertise and IT services, partnered with CIO magazine to evaluate the quality of workforce planning for large IT infrastructure projects. The survey was performed in May 2011 by IDG Research and reflects the perspectives of 231 technology executives nationwide.

Respondents admit that they've suffered multiple consequences of poor workforce planning. Sixty-nine percent indicate missed or delayed project deadlines, 62% report technical complications or rework and 58% say they've experienced lower levels of productivity as a result of ineffective workforce planning processes. The associated financial impact of these events amounted to an increase of more than 10 percent in total project costs.

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U.S. Job Creation Stagnant in August, Yet Some Industries Maintain Strong Hiring Activity

September 8, 2011 12:15 by Ann Pace

(Business Wire)--Beyond.com, the premier Career Network focused on helping people grow and succeed, today released its first Employment Data Report, which provides a timely assessment of recent economic and political events that have had an impact on the employment world. Released in conjunction with Beyond.com’s recently released Second Quarter 2011 Career Trend Analysis Report, this first Employment Data Report examines job posting volume from January 2011 to August 2011, compared with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) unemployment rates.

The Employment Data Report explores the possibility that the U.S. could face a double dip recession and considers the role of political events and economic instability on the job market. After an encouraging start to the year, unemployment numbers have continued to rise as the economy failed to add as many jobs as expected in June and July. During that same period, the nation’s economy has been threatened by a debt crisis and the subsequent Standard & Poor’s (S&P) credit downgrade.

In spite of the obvious challenges, the Employment Data Report notes some industries that increased hiring activity in the second quarter, including Healthcare, Sales & Sales Management, Merchandising, Purchasing & Management and Information Technology. The report also highlights some new job titles that have emerged, particularly in the IT and Environmental fields, as a result of new technologies and demands.

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Gen Y and IT management: It's not all that complicated

April 5, 2011 13:00 by Ann Pace

(From ZDNet) -- Generation Y has been billed as the group of workers that’ll turn the enterprise into a social networking zone with consumerized tools and newfangled ways to manage. The reality is that Gen Y looks a lot like other groups of workers, according to a Forrester Research study.

Among the key points:

  • 40 million of the 76 million folks defined as Gen Y—18 to 30 year olds—are in the workplace. A third of that Gen Y workforce are in manager or executive roles.
  • This group thinks their personal technology is better than what they can find in the workplace, but don’t necessarily bring their gear to work. Forrester found that the entire workplace is bringing software and devices to the office.
  • 55 percent of Gen Y are satisfied with the technologies they use to do their job in line with the rest of workers.
  • The IT department is seen as a resource. In fact, 62 percent of Gen Y see the IT department as a partner that understands the business. Only 10 percent say the IT department is clueless or hampers work.

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NoNovice.com Names Best Job Skills for 2011

December 14, 2010 12:30 by Ann Pace

(From PRWEB) -- A hiring trend analysis conducted by technical employment website NoNovice.com has identified fifteen of the best technical job skills for the upcoming year. The study, powered by NoNovice.com's buzzword analysis technology, processed a comprehensive database of U.S. job postings and industry keywords to identify the most relevant technical skills.

Top 15 Technical Job Skills for 2011:
Java
SQL
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Algorithm Development
Telecommunications
Sharepoint
Embedded Systems
Radio Frequency (RF) Technology
Pharmaceuticals
Firewalls
Virtualization
AJAX
Android
Polymers
Composites

The analysis finds that computer science, electrical engineering, and information systems will be among the most desired technical disciplines. The results suggest that future hiring trends will be driven heavily by mobile data services and enterprise data processing. The results also indicate a low demand for industrial and manufacturing engineers, although experience in pharmaceuticals, composite materials, and polymer science will remain highly valuable.

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Kratos Awarded $3.2 Million in Navy Workforce Learning and Performance Contracts

January 5, 2010 12:00 by Ann Pace

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading provider of information technology, information assurance, public safety, and workforce performance services, today announced that it has been awarded three contracts valued at a total of $3.2 million to support the U.S. Navy's next-generation IT workforce.

Mike Bennett, Vice President of Kratos Learning and Performance Solutions, said, "These critical mission areas represent key components of the Navy's future IT, network and cyber workforces. We are honored to be able to play a role in the successful execution of programs that will have such considerable impact on future readiness and performance."

In the first contract, Kratos will plan, design and implement an Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Specialized Skills Training solution for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). The project helps the Navy keep pace with manpower surge requirements and evolving C4ISR systems and missions. Kratos will develop processes and tools to identify skill gaps, document competency requirements, develop training content, prepare and deploy a mobile training team, measure the impact of the solution and support forward deployed forces with performance support materials.

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Despite Economy, Organizations Face Significant IT Talent Gap

September 22, 2009 12:30 by Ann Pace
NEW YORK (PRNewswire) -- According to new research from Deloitte, ITfunctional leaders have an increasingly clear understanding of what they mustdo to effectively support their organizations' business strategies. However,existing IT talent strategies and programs appear to be falling short -leaving IT without the talent necessary to do the job.Based on a global survey of 306 IT decision-makers and executive businessmanagers, and 15 subsequent one-on-one interviews with select respondents,current IT talent issues are having an impact on IT and business performance. Based on the research, Deloitte identifies two major IT talent gaps: growingtalent gap for IT leaders and project managers; and the critical need forimproved IT talent strategies and program execution.
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