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  • What you need to know is that the recent breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment should—in fact, it must—change everything you previously assumed about security.

  • 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.

  • With December upon us, do you look forward to winter holiday celebrations at work—or do you dread them? If you're like many employees, you may feel a little bit of both. A number of companies sponsor gatherings that create scheduling conflicts for staffers. Or they host events that are on the dull side. And, of course, there's often the stress of dealing with co-workers who overindulge with alcohol during an office party—something that's never pleasant to watch. To provide some insight about the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of work-related holiday festivities, we're offering this recent OfficeTeam survey, which reveals how professionals prefer to celebrate, and what they could do without. As a bonus, we're providing guidelines on behavior to avoid during an office holiday party. After all, you don't want your professional image to take a hit because you acted inappropriately amid all the seasonal revelry. The following tips were compiled from various online resources, including TheGrindstone.com, a workplace advice site. More than 400 U.S. workers took part in the OfficeTeam research.

  • In 2015, IT budgets are forecast to increase by the largest amount since the financial crisis of 2008, according to a new study by the Corporate Executive Board Company (CEB), a member-based advisory company. Capital expenditures, however, will remain flat, Titled "2015 IT Budget and Benchmark Survey," the report draws on the experiences of 166 IT executives from organizations representing $75 billion in IT spending. Participants were from the following regions: the Americas (74 percent), Europe/Middle East/Africa (22 percent) and Asia-Pacific (5 percent). These organizations represent various industries, including manufacturing, retail, insurance, leisure/entertainment, logistics, construction, banking, food/beverage, high-tech and government. "It's encouraging to see a bright outlook for IT budgets in 2015," says Andrew Horne, managing director at CEB. "CIOs will focus on making IT quicker to adapt to rapidly changing digitization opportunities, and prioritizing investment in improving the digital customer experience." The research is part of CEB CIO Leadership Council membership.

  • 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 given a choice, U.S. employees would work in a private office rather than a cubicle, according to a recent survey from Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates. The report focuses on various workplace design preferences, as well as general sentiments about commuting and other work-life topics. Nevertheless, most professionals wouldn't have a problem sharing their space with a peer, and a majority feel that senior leaders are entitled to that status-making corner office. Results also break down differences in sentiments among various generations. Millennials, for example, are willing to commute nearly twice as long (51 minutes) as Gen Xers (36 minutes) and Boomers (31 minutes) are. And 55 percent of Millennials are receptive to office settings with open floor plans, compared to just 41 percent of workers in the other two generations. "The office sector has entered a unique era of servicing three distinct generations," says Fred Schmidt, president and chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliates. "Where and how people work is changing. The shifting economy is a big part of that." The following results focus on employees overall, rather than categorizing different demographics. A total of 2,065 Americans took part in the research.