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  • Professionals worldwide continue to work longer hours every week, according to a recent survey from Kensington. The computer accessory company reports that a significant number of professionals are working at least 50 hours a week. Given the always-connected culture that technology advances have helped create, employees also stay on the job while at home, checking email right before going to bed and shortly after getting up in the morning. Survey findings also cover a broad range of other work-life topics. While the majority of survey respondents reported that they are most comfortable working at their home, for example, most still work in a traditional office environment. Even if they work from their home and have a designated workstation there to support this arrangement, many still prefer to work while sitting on their couch. Regardless of where they get the job done—and which devices they use to do it—nearly all survey participants who started their career post-2000 said they expect to receive a BYOD (bring-your-own device) allowance this year. More than 3,225 global Kensington customers and visitors to took part in the research.

  • Companies are open to existing vulnerabilities mainly because they never implemented security patches, but many breaches could be avoided with more vigilance.

  • When asked for a "top three" list of qualities they want from organizational leaders, a cross-section of generational employees ranked a strong sense of ethics, honesty and transparency at the top, according to a survey study from IBM. The accompanying report, "Myths, Exaggerations and Uncomfortable Truths," focuses primarily on perspectives held by Millennial workers. However, the findings also provide insights about both contrasting and shared sentiments among the three major workplace generations: Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers—especially when it comes to opinions about their leaders. As for the use of social media to gain a professional edge, Millennials predictably are well ahead of their Boomer colleagues. "The fundamental distinction between Millennials and older employees is their digital proficiency," according to the report. "Millennials are the first generation to grow up immersed in a digital world. Using mobile and social technologies; immediately accessing data, ideas and inspiration; and instantly communicating and collaborating [are] second nature for these digital natives." More than 1,780 employees worldwide took part in the research.

  • 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.