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TerryB
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7/25/2014 | 9:48:55 AM
Re: New IT roles
@kstaron, that's one of the few tiltles on this list I actually understand, although I'm shocked some company would actually have a position for only that. This has to be a LARGE company.

Think Sharepoint, Yammer, etc. I implemented Sharepoint here at our local biz unit back in 2007. The Field of Dreams line hardly applies to this. You know, "If you build it, they will come".

Having a tool to use discussion forums instead of email threads, Doc libraries instead of shared network drives and posting announcements on company news page instead of mass email does not mean people will change their habits and use the tool. I very much have had to play that role, and still do. As Corp also implemented Sharepoint, that has evolved where I am now officially heading up the Sharepoint Competency Group for all our biz units globally.

But that sounds more exciting/involved than it really is. That may be 5% of what I really do, I'm still mainly paid for development and ERP support. But at a very large company, I guess I could see this as full time position. Would be boring as hell though.
MDMConsult14
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7/25/2014 | 4:16:53 AM
Re: Interesting titles
@Henrisha Good point. That's when you can really decipher between the better candidiate. Having highly specialized skills never goes out of date. Especially for technology roles. Being able to adapt those skills to the current marketplace is key.
MDMConsult14
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7/25/2014 | 4:12:57 AM
Re: New IT roles
There are sectors of IT Tech which are strong. Though I do agree that adding in customer experience and customer services related skills are a benefit to today. Organizations today are being pressured to adapt to the evolving consumer which whom are adapting rapidly to our new technologies. Caterng to personalization is in demand.
Henrisha
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Henrisha,
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7/25/2014 | 1:24:59 AM
Re: New IT roles
The new positions sound superfluous sometimes, like some HR people feel the need to make up all-new "exotic" sounding positions. Perhaps it's to fluff up an otherwise boring and low-level sounding position.
Henrisha
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Henrisha,
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7/25/2014 | 12:54:50 AM
Re: Interesting titles
You have a point. There are many institutions these days offering specialization courses and workshops and to a certain degree, they can be incredibly helpful. But the real "specialization" comes when you're on the job and on the field, where you deal with what you're supposed to deal with on a daily basis and eventually develop and hone those skills in the process.
kstaron
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kstaron,
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7/24/2014 | 6:11:00 PM
New IT roles
I'm a little confused about the new IT jobs trending for non IT companies. What exactly is a 'collaborator evangelist'? Sounds like somone singing hyms about working together. Or something you'd find in buzzword bingo. What skills does that position require?

It's good to know the geographic distribution of IT is spreading out. It may affect where we opt to move next time, and the ability to get a job without going to a high cost of living area can be a draw for the right companies. for those of you looking into the job market, does this change anything about where you might look fora new IT job?
Thomas Claburn
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7/24/2014 | 4:14:30 PM
Re: Interesting titles
>"Collaboration evangelist" has me scratching my head a bit too.

If you have to evangelize collboration, that's a sure sign that it's not happening.
TerryB
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TerryB,
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7/24/2014 | 1:53:08 PM
Re: Interesting titles
It never was enough @Pedro. My BS in Comp Sci from 1985 also included a minor in business. That has probably served me better than the tech side because the technology has changed so much. That allowed me early in my career to collapse Programmer/Analyst, Project Leader and Systems Manager into a single job. Think that doesn't make you employable and valuable to your company?

I don't get all this specialization today. Skills that were part of being a Programmer/Analyst, like knowing user interface design, are now a specialty? What's next, instead of Comp Sci degree you will now get a BS in Customer Experience? Where is this train headed?
David F. Carr
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7/24/2014 | 1:43:16 PM
Re: Interesting titles
Next up: Job Title Obstrufication Enabler. VP of Obscure Titles
PedroGonzales
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7/24/2014 | 1:09:22 PM
Re: Interesting titles
I'm scratching my head to what that is as well "information insight enabler".  I have heard of user interface designer and some of my friends have told me that this field is growing.  Just knowing tech skills is not enough these days
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