Career advice for IT professionals, including job search tips, interview techniques, project management, IT-business alignment, outsourcing, and vendor management.
  • Privacy officers at the table

    Posted March 13, 2001 - 11:53 am

    American Express has been a forerunner in the creation of corporate privacy policies. When large companies first began appointing chief privacy officers last year, Sally Cowan found herself pioneering a new position at AmEx that upheld the firm's long-standing information practices.
  • New Top Dogs of High Tech?

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 7:02 pm

    As IT becomes more and more strategic, maybe an MBA is more useful than a computer science degree. Maybe time spent overseeing advertising layouts is better than time devoted to reviewing database schema. Increasingly, organizations are installing technology bosses who have made their mark on the business or marketing side. Though the overwhelming majority of CIOs still rise from the IT ranks, it's becoming increasingly clear that it now takes more than hardware and software chops to make a CIO.
  • Fed report: IT labor crunch easing

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 5:06 pm

    A new report released by the Federal Reserve shows that employers in cities throughout the U.S. are seeing an easing of the persistent labor crunch affecting IT workers.
  • Six ways to connect your telecommuters

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 4:52 pm

    Any of your employees who work at least four days per month away from the office are telecommuters, and nothing is more important than giving them access to the network. In this Visualize IT, we look at six ways to help telecommuters work effectively and efficiently.
  • Is your business ready for telecommuting?

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 3:42 pm

    Roughly 5 million workers in the largest corporations, or 10 percent of the enterprise work force, telecommute via the Internet, according to a recent study by market research company Cahners In-Stat Group. Cahners estimates that the total number of online telecommuters in the enterprise market is growing at an average rate of 17 percent per year. It's no surprise that telecommuting has been on the rise given the booming economy of the past few years. By giving employees the flexibility to work from home, or supporting full-time commuters from remote locations, growing companies can stretch limited office space to lure good people in the highly competitive job market.
  • Help desk support as a career

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 2:42 pm

    Help desk support specialists are technical troubleshooters who provide technical assistance, support, and advice to customers and end-users.
  • Using vendor nondisclosures

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 2:29 pm

    Every IT department relies on outsourcers, vendors, and contractors, but doing so can result in disclosure of trade secrets and proprietary information. Nondisclosure agreements are key to protecting that data.
  • A union of their own

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 1:54 pm

    Profit and union -- two words guaranteed to get the attention of any senior manager. There hasn't been much of the former at many dot-coms; but for one brief moment, there was the possibility of the latter.
  • Land of plenty

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 1:00 pm

    Though today's immigration is hardly on a par with the massive waves of people the U.S. admitted in the 19th and early 20th centuries, many of the same forces that motivated millions of Irish, Italian and Eastern European immigrants then are at work today among the tens of thousands of skilled professionals coming to the U.S. through the H-1B visa program.
  • The new immigration wave

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 12:40 pm

    Throughout much of the 20th century, industrial barons relied on immigrants and the sons of immigrants from all over Europe to work in steel mills, coal mines and railroads. Today's high-tech companies still rely on the skills of immigrants. Instead of hiring workers from Eastern Europe, companies are searching for software engineers
  • Getting a grip on user access issues

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 12:24 pm

    Until three years ago, the Omaha Public Power District used homegrown software for managing user-access accounts for its temporary workers and 2,400 employees. Then OPDD moved to enRole software from Technologic Software Concepts. Workman says enRole squeezed turnaround time down from a week to about six minutes, freeing staff to spend more time monitoring security.
  • Playing the numbers game

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 12:17 pm

    Given that much of the IT industry is based on information design, structure and logic, it's ironic that a report last year by the Washington-based National Research Council (NRC) could find "no analytical basis" on which to offer recommendations about increases or decreases in the H-1B visa cap. The necessary data about IT workforce numbers, shortages and H-1B candidates wasn't available from industry groups, employers or the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
  • Lessons from veteran IT managers

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 12:01 pm

    Despite the growing number of layoffs around the nation, the IT labor market remains tight. So keeping staff motivated and interested in their work is as complicated as it is critical.
  • Paul's Challenge

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 1:00 am

    * Getting trained, certified, and employed with little to no experience. COMMUNITY DISCUSSION * Careers Q&A: How much training do you require? SERVICES * Webcast: High-Performance Recruiting -- Achieving the Results You Want

  • Fed report: IT labor crunch easing

    Posted March 9, 2001 - 8:20 pm

    Employers in certain metropolitan regions report that they are having an easier time finding qualified IT workers, according to a U.S. Federal Reserve report issued this week.
  • Tech slump hasn't hurt IT job market

    Posted March 9, 2001 - 4:19 pm

    But perception is everything: Though still in short supply, IT job seekers are asking for less and getting less.
  • How to Get More Women and Minorities into IT

    Posted March 9, 2001 - 1:00 am

    * Webcast: See an IT Division play a role in ground-breaking initiatives

  • How to Get More Women and Minorities into IT

    Posted March 9, 2001 - 1:00 am

    * Webcast: See an IT Division play a role in ground-breaking initiatives

  • Tax Trials and Tribulations

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 5:48 pm

    Face it -- paperwork isn't a high priority for most independent consultants. This can result is some sticky situations during tax season. Here's some advice learned the hard way to help keep tax time from being a taxing time
  • Glad we got that clear

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 4:58 pm

    The e-business IT department for this big name in the pharmaceutical industry is hobbled and the whole company hamstrung by political infighting among execs, says an IT pilot fish.
  • Investing in IT infrastructure

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 4:40 pm

    The IT infrastructures of most companies remain fragmented, but now's the time to make IT investments that can take advantage of the full impact of the Internet.
  • Take a Walk on the Wild Side at The National Wildlife Federation

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 4:38 pm

    What it's like to work at the National Wildlife Federation
  • Keep up with the Joneses

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 4:15 pm

    IT professionals and service providers can learn a lot from looking at the practices, requirements, processes and organizational dynamics of their peers. While it is sometimes counterintuitive to do this -- many IT and operational-support systems organizations can barely stand to look at themselves, let alone anyone else -- real benefits can be gained by making some efforts and opening up the imagination.
  • Do you work for an ethical corporation?

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 12:26 pm

    And although the rest of us natural persons have some sort of ethical motivation -- however much we wonder about some people -- corporations, as persons, have none. Their only motivation is the profit-and-loss statement.
  • Garner inside advice by networking with fellow tech leaders

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 12:19 pm

    GOOD CTOS -- and anyone intent on becoming one -- are always finding ways to improve their game. Consistently the best money-and time-saving advice comes from other CTOs. If you are not networking with your technocompadres, do so now. This may be the best way to ensure your professional success.
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