They represent the future of our global economy, and if you ask them about their capabilities and prospects, they'll tell you that the future is in great hands. They're the modern-day "Millennial leaders," as they're dubbed in a recent survey released by Telefónica and the Financial Times. For the purposes of the survey, Millennial leaders are defined as those who strongly agree that they're on the cutting edge of technology. They seem to be professionals you'd want on your IT team: These leaders are very driven to succeed at work and are having a much easier time transitioning from an academic to a corporate environment than other Millennials are. "The Millennial leaders are those who are most likely to drive change through their use of cutting-edge technology," says José María Álvarez-Pallete, chief operating officer of Telefónica. "They are also likely to participate in solving local and global challenges and to strive for career leadership." The findings also provide some insight into Millennials in general—not just the leaders. Nearly 12,200 Millennials worldwide took part in the research.
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When a crisis alert sounds in IT operations, is your organization in the dark as to what's happening? This is apparently a common scenario. In fact, the vast majority of technology professionals admit that their oversight of tech performance must dramatically improve, according to recent survey research from Evolven. When they deploy a new technology initiative, most IT professionals confess that they really can't determine the accuracy of the effort, even though that is a key factor in determining success or failure. And if an issue does emerge—a breach, a systems malfunction or a complete network shutdown, for example—it's disturbing to realize that the majority of these IT pros say they most likely won't get to the root cause. More than 300 IT operations employees took part in the research, which was conducted at the Gartner Data Center Summit late last year and the ServiceNow Knowledge 13 this past May. As for answers to these pressing issues, Evolven offers three of the following best practices for IT departments to consider. Evolven is an IT operations analytics company.
Working in an office can be stressful, and that stress—combined with sitting at a desk all day—can really add on pounds, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. The majority of workers, including IT professionals, consider themselves overweight. The leading culprits causing expanding waistlines include constant office celebrations, temptations to dine out and an overall lack of exercise. To stay fit, CareerBuilder recommends that professionals incorporate more activity into their daily routine, by walking to someone's desk instead of emailing them, and taking the stairs instead of escalators or elevators. It's also important to stay hydrated with water, to avoid sugary drinks and to bring lunches from home to ensure you have healthy choices. "Weight gain at work often comes from a combination of poor eating habits when you're on the go and not being able to fit a workout into a busy schedule," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "Whether it's daily walks with a co-worker or taking advantage of company wellness benefits, it's important to find a way to stay active." Nearly 3,700 workers took part in the research.
The interest in mobile devices will accelerate rapidly over the next several years, according to research recently released by Ericsson. The resulting Ericsson Mobility Report reveals that overall data traffic will grow twelvefold through the end of 2018, and that LTE (long-term evolution) will dominate coverage by that time. As for what's driving demand? Users are spending a great deal of time accessing social media on their devices, of course. But, by 2018, they won't be able to get enough video content. "We expect LTE subscriptions to exceed 1 billion in 2017, driven by more capable devices and demand for data-intensive services such as video," says Douglas Gilstrap, senior vice president and head of strategy at Ericsson. "Network speeds have improved, and so has the user experience." The research is based on historical industry data and company information (including information related to customer-network trends), as well as analysis of macroeconomic trends, user patterns, technology-development expectations, industry analysts' reports and other resources.
Email: Can't live with it. Can't live without it. At least, that's the impression created by a recent survey from CPP and Sendmail. Professionals are fed up sending business-related emails that never get a response, as well as receiving a surplus of "reply to all" emails that overload their inbox. In addition, too many messages ramble on seemingly forever before they get to the point. And then there are emails that are so vague that it's impossible to figure out what the sender intends and what response (if any) he seeks. Other pet peeves include poor spelling and grammar; misinterpreted messages; the lack of a simple response to indicate the email was received; and an overall failure to convey a professional tone. One estimate indicates that 60 billion emails are sent every day worldwide. The following survey results shed light on why email continues to serve as a constant source of frustration, while remaining an essential business tool. CPP publishes the Myers-Briggs Personality Type assessment program, and Sendmail is an email management provider. An estimated 500 workers took part in the research.
IT and engineering workers are finding new jobs fairly quickly after launching a search, according to a recent study from global survey firm Inavero and the TechServe Alliance, a collaboration of IT and engineering staffing and solutions firms, clients, consultants and suppliers. In fact, a significant number of these professionals need only a few weeks to land a new position. Project managers, programmer/analysts, ERP/CRM software specialists, network engineers and Java applications developers are especially in demand. Still, IT professionals have concerns about their careers, especially when it comes to maintaining skills that are industry relevant. Overall, however, organizations have to demonstrate what they have to offer tech candidates. "With fierce competition for top talent and intensified demand for specialized skill sets," says TechServe Alliance CEO Mark Roberts, "it's vital that all the players understand each other's thinking and respond with collaborative, targeted initiatives that take into account the different perspectives." The findings also shed light on the potential for employees to consider a consultancy or contractual job path, along with the associated positive and negative aspects of that route. More than 375 IT and engineering job candidates and 370 hiring managers took part in the research.