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  • A significant number of CIOs and IT directors believe that the phrase "IT department" will eventually cease to exist, according to a recent survey from Logicalis. There's no need to panic, however, because there will always be a huge demand—in fact, there will be a rapidly increasing demand—for tech professionals, especially those who combine IT skills with business-focused savvy. The accompanying survey report, "Establishing the Internal Service Provider: A Global Study of CIO Pressures and Priorities," depicts a dramatically evolving landscape in which technology leaders, managers and staff are getting more involved with ROI-impacting initiatives, while business units are making their own decisions about technology acquisitions. In the past, organizational leadership often took issue with internal users who circumvented IT to get the tech they wanted: a practice referred to as "shadow IT." Now, however, shadow IT is increasingly perceived as a logical means to an end in terms of addressing unfulfilled needs to support objectives. "It is clear that businesses don't want a technology solution," says Mike Martin, senior vice president of solutions and services for Logicalis US. "They want their business needs to be met. That means the CIO's role must change from that of a technology provider to one that is laser-focused on delivering IT services that meet line-of-business users' needs." More than 177 global CIOs and IT directors took part in the research.

  • There's no doubt that technology is reshaping the way people think about how, when and where they work. In fact, in a recent survey, a significant number of Generation X and Generation Y professionals said they would be ready to move to Mars if their company opened a branch there. And a similar number said they would have a brain implant if it "made the World Wide Web instantly accessible to their thoughts." These are among the many surprising findings in Cisco's annual "Connected World Technology Report," an exhaustive survey of 2,000 Gen X, Gen Y and HR professionals that examines the changing relationship between employee behavior and the increasingly pervasive nature of the Internet. Taken as a whole, the report indicates just how much the spread of mobile devices—along with the resulting anytime/anywhere access to applications and data—is causing employees to shift their priorities and ask for the ability to seamlessly blend their professional and personal lives. Although some relics survive, such as the affinity for laptops and old-fashioned note taking, there are clearly huge changes afoot for forward-looking employers. "Businesses should grab this opportunity to re-examine how they need to evolve in order to attract top talent and shape their business models," said Lance Perry, Cisco's vice president of IT customer strategy and success. "Without a doubt, our world is changing to be much more Internet-focused, and it becomes even more so with each new generation."

  • They work long hours. They're often in pursuit of the next great innovation. And due to an extended talent shortage, they're very much in demand in the job market. In this case, "they" are today's technology professionals, according to a recent survey from Harvey Nash. The accompanying report, "Harvey Nash Technology Survey: Disruptors & Disrupted—the New Tech Flux," reveals that IT employees increasingly value job stability and work-life balance. But they also relish challenges presented by disruptive tech, and they benefit from their rising presence as organizational influencers. Because of these and other factors, these tech professionlals are usually well-compensated: The average salary for U.S. tech workers is $102,729. CTOs pull in more than $137,000, software engineers make more than $100,000 and project managers take home just under $90,000, according to the findings. (Help desk crews, however, earn just under $52,000.) An estimated 3,000 global technology professionals and C-level tech leaders took part in the research, which covers a wide range of topics, including IT workers' sentiments about wearing the "geek" label.

  • Acting as an unofficial mentor to less-experienced IT workers helps them grow as professionals, and fosters positive team dynamics and an individual work ethic.

  • The Randstad Technologies Employee Confidence Index has reached its highest level in the index's nine-year history, according to the company. The optimism is driven by a generally high level of confidence in the economy, employment security and the job market. Given positive sentiments about the latter in particular, a growing number of technology professionals plan to look for a new job within the next 12 months. "It is encouraging to see confidence levels among all IT workers reaching unprecedented heights," says Bob Dickey, group president of technology and engineering at Randstad. "Employers must keep in mind that with more confidence in the job market comes more likelihood of job mobility—a challenge when many organizations are already struggling with finding the right IT talent to drive business goals and innovation." Nearly 190 IT workers took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll. The following are highlights from the index/survey, with additional findings provided by the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

  • A significant number of U.S. workers are struggling with work overload and are overwhelmed trying to deal with all the technology in their lives, according to a recent survey from Cornerstone OnDemand. It doesn't help that employees are also dealing with endless distractions—both the tech kind (emails, IMs, etc.) and the people kind (co-workers, business partners). On a positive note, these employees indicate that they can better manage everything through the use of personal devices and apps, as well as flexible and/or remote working arrangements. "We now live in a world where physical presence is optional, lines between work and life are increasingly blurred by tech, and flex schedules are viewed by employees as a right, not a perk," says Adam Miller, founder and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. "Employers who empower their people to get their work done in the best ways possible—whether through policies, resources or workplace culture—are best positioned to attract and retain top talent. Fortunately, cloud and mobile tech is making it easier to intertwine physical and virtual workspaces in ways that still encourage collaboration and connectivity." More than 2,000 U.S. workers took part in the research.

  • If you could take your pick of working wherever you wanted, would you go with a large enterprise or a startup? Most likely, the answer would be "neither," according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. The vast majority of IT professionals surveyed by the company said they'd prefer to work for midsize companies, as they feel the "middle ground" offers the best of both worlds. According to survey respondents, you have more freedom to innovate at a midsize firm—with less hierarchy-induced headaches—than at a major corporation. And you enjoy a stronger sense of job stability than you would at a startup. We realize that everyone has their own preferences, so we've included Robert Half's breakdown of how larger companies differ from startups. "There's no right answer when it comes to the ideal work environment," says John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Each type of company has advantages and disadvantages. The challenge can be choosing the best one for you when you haven't necessarily experienced all of them." More than 2,300 U.S. IT workers took part in the research.

  • You shouldn't fear your annual performance review. Instead, you should be proactive and make the review an opportunity to move forward in your career.

  • Let's face it: Some employees would say anything to get out of work for a day. But it's very unlikely that you've worked with a professional who's resorted to some of the following outrageous excuses to call in sick, as compiled from a recent CareerBuilder survey. Overall, the percentage of professionals who call in sick when they're actually healthy is trending downward, but there are still a significant number of workers who do this. Many employers, in turn, are willing to check up on a staff member to make sure the absence is legitimate, most often by asking for a doctor's note. (Though it's hard to believe, quite a few workers who fake illnesses essentially give themselves up by posting comments about their duplicity on social media.) Fortunately, IT professionals are particularly good about using their sick days: Only 22 percent have called in for illnesses in the past year, which is far below the norm for employees in other professions. More than 3,100 workers and 2,200 hiring managers took part in the research.