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  • Data is now considered a key focus for the majority of U.S. jobs, according to research recently released by the Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA). The accompanying report, titled "The Importance of Data Occupations in the U.S. Economy," reveals that data positions are growing at a remarkably faster pace than other jobs. As a result, workers in these jobs make far more than the average private-sector employee, findings show. The highest paying IT jobs, which are considered "data occupations," include computer information systems managers, software/application developers and computer systems analysts. As for where to go for these job? There's always California and New York, of course, but southern states such as Texas and Florida also rank in the top five of data employment states. The increase in demand for data skills is expected to continue: Annual investment in information technology equipment and software has surpassed $600 billion, which accounts for 3.8 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

  • While an overwhelming majority of technology professionals feel that the adoption of significant new technologies plays a key role in organizational success, many believe that these efforts aren't as successful as they need to be, according to a recent survey from SolarWinds. The report, "IT Trends Report 2015: Business at the Speed of IT," reveals that the acquisition and implementation of these technologies is taking longer than it should. In many cases, new technology doesn't produce the anticipated ROI within the projected timeframe. And findings show that many mission-critical tech implementations are negatively affecting users due to performance and/or availability issues. As for remedies? Survey respondents said they could use more resources in terms of budget and personnel, along with greater autonomy. "Businesses can only progress and perform as quickly as IT enables them to—it's business at the speed of IT," said Suaad Sait, executive vice president of products and markets at SolarWinds. "Empowering IT—especially to successfully adopt and implement new technologies quickly—should be a top priority for every organization. This will become more important as we move further into the hybrid cloud era.  ... IT must be given the resources to make this transition." More than 230 IT practitioners, managers and directors in the United States and Canada took part in the research.

  • NYU received a grant from DARPA to develop more sophisticated methods to locate and explore hard-to-find information on the Web surface and on the deep Web.