IT Professional Career Enhancements

Looks like there was another IT industry survey has been performed, describing what skills enterprises consider important for their future,and what gaps exist on the job. I like this list because it reflects what others have said over the past five years. (Thanks CompTIA.)

The biggest gaps were in the following areas:

  • Networks infrastructure (LANs, WANs, and so on)
  • Server and data center management
  • Storage and backup
  • Help desk and IT support
  • Cyber security
  • Database and information management
  • Data analytics and business intelligence
  • Web design and development
  • Virtualization

It is interesting that the NEW ECONOMY, the one where big companies lobby for deregulation and where profits surpass common sense, employee rights, environmental considerations and promotions are not based on knowledge and performance…. THAT economy – is more interested in less costly IT resources.

I was looking at potential Internship positions for some young college friends and while looking for sales and marketing positions, the job boards showed numerous listings for IT Interns.

While the purpose for a CIO has been in part to help communicate IT agenda and budgets between upper management and IT management, their value is no longer valued nor taking hold in the enterprise.  The motivation for a company to pay near bottom dollar for IT employees is simply like handing water guns over to a security force for a business campus.  While new graduates have no idea about operating production servers, that accommodate revenue, or enduring relationships within and out of a company (with people you would otherwise never socialize with), to move the workforce to a Summer Internship workforce. 

Things that are disregarded when using less experience employees (read – cheaper) the false claims of technology companies, deployment challenges in larger businesses, cost analysis considerations for their department. There are also issues like politics within a company, the reliability of products installed in the company already, the undocumented procedures to make sure things are maintain to an ‘operational status’ today, relationships with other divisions for future needs within the infrastructure.  These are all things that require experienced IT professionals. Forgetting these factors will lead to hidden consequences like losing access to email all the way up to competition stealing intellectual property.

While these topics are actual, the decision makers (board members and C-level) to cut costs and find cheap labor is undeniable. The job board listings prove that formal IT experts are seen as a money pit (cost center) and has little to no value to the businesses that post these positions.

There is a current surge in the CIO world to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) with the onslaught of new tablets, mobile phones and laptop segments – this has been abused to mean to CIO’s to be flexible and allow almost anything into a company for the sake of coolness. Regardless of these ideas pushed in social media circles, BYOD is a stark security hole. I have tried to comment on this within social circles within LinkedIn’s CIO Group and it has been ignored or played down as a stupid worry. These discussions never bring up the considerations of security blunders – only that Blackberry is legacy and as old as an AOL email address.



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