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  • A new report shows that job cuts in technology in the first six months of 2014 are close to the total reached for all of 2013—and could surpass it by year's end.

  • The vast majority of U.S. employees queried in a recent survey from CareerBuilder said they aren't earning what they deserve. Most of us, of course, would prefer to make more money. However, these findings demonstrate that professionals' resentment toward their employer could escalate if they conclude that they're constantly being asked to produce more with less, while making less than they should be making. Interestingly, there's apparently a difference between earning what you'd like to make and how much you need to feel successful. This reflects prior survey results Baseline presented that indicate that today's employees are considering alternatives to compensation—such as compelling assignments, flexible schedules and telecommuting options—as job rewards. "Success is relative to the type of work individuals do or their current career stage," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "This is healthy because it shows workers can derive meaning from their work at any level, while still striving for that next promotion or raise." The survey also sheds light on the percent of companies that openly disclose staff salaries and how this practice is perceived. More than 3,370 full-time workers and nearly 2,190 hiring managers and HR professionals took part in the research.

  • State and local government agencies are moving toward greater use of mobile technology, but many face a number of obstacles as they try to become fully mobile.

  • If you want to go to a U.S. region where IT career opportunities are on the fast track, head south. The top three states for technology job growth and newly created IT positions are all from that region, rather than from traditional tech meccas such as California, according to recently released research from Dice.com. Surprisingly, the Golden State doesn't even make the following top 10 list of states with growth in IT jobs. And the No. 1 overall state names here also ranks as having the second-largest total workforce of technology professionals (behind California), thanks to a surge of economic development in niches such as mobile, big data and software development, according to the Dice.com findings. But if the South's relatively low cost of living and perpetually warm climate doesn't interest you, don't worry: We've also included high-growth states in the West, North and Midwest. Dice.com is an online jobs and career community for tech professionals. The research was compiled primarily through data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Digital estate planning is no longer an afterthought. There's a growing array of products and services addressing the needs of the digitally deceased.

  • For many IT organizations, their resistance to adopting public clouds has given way to a more balanced perspective on the state of public cloud security.

  • To get the most out of your professional networking efforts, you need to do more than simply sign up for a LinkedIn group: You have to emerge as a high-profile, helpful and gracious member of your networking communities. However, findings reveal that many professionals make a number of classic mistakes in their networking efforts, according to a recent survey from OfficeTeam. These range from age-old basics such as poor manners (not saying "thanks") to the less obvious (failing to ask for help). It's also important not to limit networking to social media and other online outlets because you can often make a better impression at in-person meetings and business events. "Although networking online can be an effective way to establish professional relationships and keep in touch, the value of in-person activities like meeting for lunch or attending industry events can't be overlooked," says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Whether you're looking to land a new job or build your visibility, every connection counts. These gatherings allow you to put a face to a name." More than 300 U.S. senior managers took part in the research.

  • Good networking is easy networking. The challenge is to find new ways to interact with peers. Here are four networking ideas that go beyond a standard meet-up.

  • As health care insurance and medical costs continue to rise, businesses must begin addressing employee health and wellness issues in a more comprehensive way.

  • The Chinese government is taking steps to deal effectively with the country's growing air pollution problem by deploying advanced analytics and other tech tools.

  • Do you think your IT organization has the right to be ranked "world class"? If so, that rating should be reflected in metrics such as the number of IT staffers employed and the need for fewer applications and platforms on a per-user basis, according to research from the Hackett Group. The accompanying report, "The World-Class Performance Advantage: How Leading IT Organizations Outperform Their Peers," reveals that top technology departments are more determined to drive business results than their counterparts are. Overall, they demonstrate a constant focus on efficiency and effectiveness, which is reflected in benefits such as a lower cost of operation and the need for fewer staff members. And with the digitization of virtually everything, the explosive growth of big data and the widespread integration of technology throughout companies, business leaders are more appreciative of the contributions of talented IT performers and organizations. "IT has become a key driver of the innovation-based growth strategy that most companies are relying on," says Erik Dorr, vice president of research for the Hackett Group. "We believe that unlocking the value of IT throughout the entire value chain is critical for companies that wish to dominate their industry. World-class IT organizations are well on their way to achieving this today." For the purposes of the report, "world class" designates IT departments that excel at completing projects that satisfy ROI projections, delivering on business expectations and deploying business process automation (BPA), among other qualities. The findings were based on the benchmark capability research of more than 100 of the Hackett Group's corporate clients, which are predominately large enterprises.

  • IT professionals are seeing paltry gains in average compensation levels this year, according to recent research from Janco Associates and eJobDescription.com. The accompanying report, the "Mid-Year 2014 IT Salary Survey," indicates that salaries are at the same level as they were in 2008, which is somewhat of a half-empty/half-full finding. On the positive side, it means that IT salaries are now comparable to the pre-recession era. On a disappointing note, results reveal that soaring demand for many niche IT skills—coupled with a relatively healthy economy—has not pushed salaries to new highs. Meanwhile, compared to four years ago, there are considerably fewer companies offering a number of valued benefits, such as health insurance, retirement savings plans and performance bonuses. Growth in tech jobs is slowing slightly as well, according to Janco's analysis: There were about 32,200 jobs added from January through May of this year, compared with 36,500 jobs added for the same time period last year. The research was compiled using data from more than 255 large and nearly 810 midsize organizations.

  • Is artificial intelligence more dangerous than nukes? Could AI replace and even eradicate humans? Some experts say these possibilities are not that far-fetched.

  • Remember when Oracle CEO Larry Ellison famously dismissed the cloud as "complete gibberish"? Or the days when you'd mention cloud computing in casual conversation with a non-techy friend or family member, and they'd have absolutely no clue what you were talking about? Clearly, those days are in the past, as the cloud is now a mainstream technology that is considered essential for business. Ninety-four percent of organizations surveyed are using cloud computing, and 58 percent have a hybrid (public and private) cloud strategy in place, according to the annual "2014 State of the Cloud Report" from RightScale. Given all the interest about this technology, there's been a lot of other research released about cloud investments and trends. So we've compiled the following slideshow to present a statistical snapshot of this dominant tech innovation. The information was adapted from a number of online resources, including those posted by Syntax, an IT hardware, software and services company, and SmartData Collective, an online community for data professionals.

  • While the technology industry employs the largest share of IT workers, sectors such as financial services, health care, manufacturing and retail also offer robust opportunities for IT professionals, according to recent research released by CEB. The accompanying report, titled "Seeing Through the Fog of the Talent War," also tracks top states and cities for tech job openings, and findings reveal that there are plenty of active and appealing metro regions spread throughout the country. The report's title refers to the continued struggles organizations face with regard to the ongoing search and competition for talent, and the majority of CEOs cite skills availability as a major concern. In addition, 85 percent of CEOs feel that technology advancements will have the biggest impact on their companies over the next five years, according to CEB research. Given this situation, CEB presents the following four ways that smart companies manage IT staffing and talent management. The research was compiled through a comprehensive market analysis covering more than 900 cities and 1,000 skills.