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  • Many companies don't benefit from big data because of the gap between those who manage the data and those who apply it. The solution is information governance.

  • You may or may not be aware of "Geek Pride Day," which is celebrated every year on May 25th to commemorate (appropriately enough) the release of Star Wars in 1977. As part of the tradition, TEKsystems has released its third annual "IT Stress and Pride" survey. This year's report presents very encouraging results: Stress levels among technology professionals are significantly lower than last year's, and job satisfaction is up. Few IT pros are seeking work elsewhere because of pressure at the current job, and the vast majority of them are actually able to take vacations without being expected to remain accessible and accountable to colleagues and managers. "We've seen a significant drop in stress and a positive swing in pride and satisfaction," said Jason Hayman, research manager at TEKsystems. "While it's encouraging, organizations still need to ensure that their talent management and workforce strategies are aligned to avoid overworked staff, unrealistic workloads [and] internal discord if they want to continue this positive momentum." More than 1,090 IT professionals—the majority of whom are at a senior level—took part in the research.

  • U.S. worker satisfaction and motivation have increased in recent years, according to research from the American Psychological Association (APA). The resulting "2015 Work and Well-Being Survey" report addresses employee sentiment trends on a wide range of vocational issues, and found that, for the most part, things are improving—albeit slowly in some areas. Specifically, the majority of workers surveyed said that their company is making them feel more valued by providing better growth and development opportunities. They also feel better about their work-life balance: Many reported that their employers are doing a better job of offering programs and opportunities to develop and maintain a healthier lifestyle, which results in a more productive and engaged employee. "When people have access to and use programs and policies that are designed to create a psychologically healthy workplace, it's a win-win for the employees and the organization," said David Ballard, head of the APA's Center for Organizational Excellence. "We need to ensure that all employees—no matter where they rank in the organization—have the same opportunities available to them." More than 1,500 U.S. adults took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll. (Note: The survey includes some comparative findings over a five-year window and others over a shorter period of time. For this slideshow, we've included the longest range of time available for comparative results.)

  • A study reveals that bandwidth demand is on the rise globally, and that the software and manufacturing industries are the main drivers behind the increase.

  • With IT and business continuing to pursue greater alignment, prospects look very encouraging for technology professionals for the future, according to a recent survey from CompTIA. The accompanying "International Technology Adoption and Workforce Trends Study" reveals that overall economic conditions are improving and tech budgets are expected to increase. Among the top IT priorities: data storage, cyber-security and cloud computing. Given the ongoing shortage of IT talent, organizations are also seeking to boost their staff's tech certifications. However, CompTIA stresses that technology is only part of the answer as enterprises drive toward crucial business goals. "The key strategic priorities … include a desire to reach new customers, control costs, improve staff productivity and [use] innovation more effectively," according to the report. "Obviously, technology can play a role in each of the corporate objectives, but technology alone will not produce the desired results. Organizations must also address the people and process elements of the equation." 1,507 business and technology executives from more than a dozen countries took part in the research. They are directly involved in setting or executing IT policies and processes within their organization.