Recently both McAfee and Symantec released reports on the state of malicious online activity in 2009. Here are some highlights from the stats and findings of Symantec's Mid-Year Update and the McAfee Threats Report.
According to the most recent Foote Partners IT Skills & Certifications Pay Index, the non-certified IT skills listed below give those who have honed them a bit more leverage when sitting for an interview or a pay review. The quarterly index systematically categorizes and establishes value for discrete skills categories.
The Amazon Kindle is a great tool for busy executives, enabling them to page through a whole digital library while on the go. The following 10 books are all Kindle-friendly and valuable for IT leaders.
Things are tough out there, but IT recruiters report that there's still a market for the right skillsets. According to Tom Silver, senior vice president for IT employment firm Dice.com, Dice is seeing lots of demand from hiring managers in the following nine categories.
Will IT employment prospects look any brighter anytime soon? Our magic eight ball says, "Reply hazy, try again." Here are some highlights from the most recent reports, which show sometimes contradictory outlooks.
Paring costs at the onset of a recession is easy compared to finding savings after months of budget cuts -- especially with the need to prepare the enterprise for future growth. "I'm alarmed by the number of IT organizations that can't justify many ...read more
IT vendors have tried going around the CIO and straight to top business executives or specific business-line managers to sell their wares. But who has the most influence? Forrester Research asked almost 1,000 enterprise decision-makers in North America and Europe to find out (percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding).
IT leaders want to invest more in software initiatives, but the economy forces them to be more discriminating than ever. Forrester Research asked 431 North American and European executives what platform and infrastructure software they'll be s...read more
IT professionals put the value of business efficiency over cost reductions, but in this economy they are still struggling with tight budgets. Microsoft recently commissioned Harris Interactive to survey more than 1,200 IT pros worldwide to find their perspective on driving innovation and IT spending priorities.
IBM asked nearly 1,900 IT decision-makers at midsize organizations about their top IT priorities in 2009 and beyond. The survey found five specific trends that IBM highlighted for readers in its report, Inside the Midmarket: A 2009 Perspective.
Computer Economics recently released its annual IT spending analysis, based on in-depth interviews of 200 IT executives. Even as many organizations continue to cut back, others are increasing spending or at least holding level.
Al Gore may take credit for inventing it. The Department of Defense deserves credit for building out its infrastructure. But let's face it: The real wizards behind the curtain, the first true marketeers of the Internet, and the virtuosos of virtual innovation...read more
Does your company run a strategic IT shop, or an operational one? According to the IT Governance Institute (ITGI), strategists are more forward-looking, are governed with an eye toward partnering with lines of business in order to innovate, and tend to return ...read more
The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) has released its mid-year analysis of major data breaches reported so far in 2009. Though the total numbers show an improvement over the first half of 2008, ITRC is reporting the percentage of insider attacks and breaches ca...read more
CIOs will continue struggle with iffy budgets throughout the rest of the year, according to a new poll conducted among 900 CIOs by Gartner Executive Programs. Released in mid-June week, results showed an expected IT spending decline in 2009 of about 4.7%. Figures were compared to a similar poll conducted at the end of 2008.