Worst U.S. Cities to Work in IT?

This list from CIO.com is highly unscientific and very subjective, but shares their least favorite cities for IT work.  We want to hear your thoughts on these cities; is this list Hype or Ripe?

  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Syracuse, New York
  • Boston, Massachusetts and San Francisco, California (tie)
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Orlando, Florida

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Just-In-Time-Training: Here to Stay or Just About to Go?

Some say that we’re about to see a revolution in just-in-time-training (JITT), especially with developments of cloud-based technology. This training enables people to use their laptops, cell phones and tablet computers as a tool to receive training right when they need it.

The argument for JITT is that the current training model many businesses are using takes people away from their jobs and costs the company money.  Sometimes, the advanced training employees receive won’t ever be needed, or it might not be needed for an extended period of time.

However, with just-in-time training, companies can keep people in the field without the specific training. When the person needs a certain skill set, they can get the training in real time with cloud-based technology.  For example, a repair person could get real-time training on his smartphone for an issue he runs across on the spot.  If he needs more assistance, he can access a “help” tool to connect to the master repairperson, live.  He can put on a headband with a digital, high-resolution camera, which interfaces with the mobile device, and show the master repairperson exactly what the issue is, while the master repairperson guides him in real time.

Tell us what you think: is JITT the next big thing?

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Virtualizing Your Desktop: Secure, All-Access Data Anytime?

Plenty of companies are transforming their desktops with VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure), an infrastructure creating a space outside desktops, tablets and other devices that allows you to securely store and access data anywhere.

  • VDI lasts longer and costs less than a traditional desktop
  • VDI is easy to patch and upgrade
  • VDI encourages remote work, resulting in higher productivity.

Many experts say VDI isn’t for everyone (at least not yet).

What do you think: does VDI success lie in choosing the right model for your business, or is it just Hype?

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Efficiency on Demand?

There never seems to be enough staff or enough time to do the proactive projects IT leaders want to do, much less the creative projects the business side wants IT leaders to do.

CFOs have ordered a 15% cut across the board, and IT leaders find themselves selecting the best option from a list of unpleasant options.

Many IT leaders are using a fully-staffed, state-of-the-art IT department, provided as a managed service (and at a price point midsize companies can afford).

Some say it’s a quick fix for a short-term crisis, and being responsible for IT means  doing everything yourself – on servers in your office, and by staff you can see working.

What do you think… is managed services Hype or Ripe?

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ClOs Need to Hire Four Key IT Pros to Compete?

According to CIO.com, due to rapidly changing technology and evolving business expectations, CIOs need to staff these skills to outcompete rivals. If CIOs don’t hire the following skill sets, they won’t be ready for the future.

  • Social networking savvy
  • Mobile development experience
  • Business process smarts
  • Cloud management expertise

What do you think, Hype or Ripe?

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