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Salary Survey 2006

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Salary Survey 2006
2. Today's Top Story
    - Earthlink And Motorola Team Up For City Wi-Fi Projects
    Related Stories:
    - Wisconsin Getting Wireless Broadband Network
    - Consumers Say Feds Should Protect Their Right To Internet Services: Survey
3. Breaking News
    - SPSS Upgrades Predictive-Analysis Software
    - Microsoft's Data Collection Troubles Some Users
    - RIM, NTP Escalate Threats, War Of Words
    - 9 In 10 Companies Hit By Computer Crime, FBI Says
    - Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Leaks To Web
    - New Kama Sutra Worm Corrupts Microsoft Documents
    - Phishing Attacks Reach Record High
    - U.K. Study: Cell Phones Pose No Risk Of Brain Cancer
    - IBM Lotus To Support Apple
    - Apple Warns Of Intel Laptop Shortages
    - Car-Navigation Firm Migrates To SOA
    - Amazon To Launch Video Show Hosted By Bill Maher
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
    - The Latest Info--Tailor-Made For You
    - Will Steve Jobs Be Disney's Big Cheese?
    - How The Freecycle Network Works
5. In Depth: Standards Updates
    - First WiMax Products Officially Certified
    - Faster Wi-Fi Standard Back On Track
    - Update: Competing UWB Groups Vow To Press On
    - Google Opens IM, VoIP Services
    - Wal-Mart Tests RFID Data-Sharing Project
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Smartlabs Gaming And Movie Technology
7. White Papers
    - Automating Network Management And Compliance
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Salary Survey 2006

As I read Mitch Wagner's Editor's Note from Wednesday regarding reader responses to our outsourcing and India coverage, I thought, what a perfect time to launch the ninth annual InformationWeek National IT Salary survey. Over the years we've heard from more than 125,000 IT professionals about their job satisfaction, salaries, compensation, what matters most in a job, what would make them change jobs, and how they feel about the impact of IT jobs being outsourced. Now it's your turn to weigh in.

A lot has changed over the years. There was a time when salaries and compensation were growing at 10% a year, and stock options and signing bonuses were being offered to keep IT professionals from job-hopping. In fact, in the late '90s the best way to get a boost in pay was to switch jobs. But as I said before, times have changed.

IT remains a highly lucrative career, with IT staffers earning a median salary of $60,000 and managers earning $90,000. But what lies ahead? How is outsourcing, both onshore and offshore, impacting the IT profession?

When asked if the IT career path was as promising as it was five years ago, respondents from the 2005 National IT Salary survey were uncertain. In 2005, 69% of IT staff and 64% of IT management said that the IT career path was not as promising as it was five years ago. How do you feel about the IT career path?

According to our 2005 National IT Salary survey, three out of five IT professionals believe that outsourcing is making fewer IT jobs available, and it's lowering employee morale. But in some cases, outsourcing is providing new opportunities. In 2005, one out of 10 sites reported hiring new IT workers to support outsourcing efforts, and nearly 20% agreed that outsourcing is an important aspect of global growth.

Outsourcing is a viable solution for many businesses, but only half of the 12,000 sites we surveyed in 2005 reported outsourcing some IT jobs. Based on that data, the majority of the jobs are outsourced in the United States or through a combination of U.S. and offshore partners. Less than 15% of companies reported outsourcing strictly offshore.

And while outsourcing may seem like it's killing IT job prospects, those IT professionals in companies that outsource have higher median salaries than those who are in companies that don't outsource, according to our 2005 data.

What lies ahead? What's in store for IT as a profession? Is there something that IT professionals can do to improve the outlook? Please participate in the 2006 InformationWeek National IT Salary survey and let us know your thoughts on outsourcing, the IT career path, salaries and compensation, and job satisfaction.

We'd like to hear from you.

Lisa Smith
LCSmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Earthlink And Motorola Team Up For City Wi-Fi Projects
Philadelphia and Anaheim, Calif., are first on the project list for Wi-Fi, and three more U.S. cities are expected.

Related Stories:

Wisconsin Getting Wireless Broadband Network
A high-speed wireless broadband network using Alvarion Ltd. gear and technology is being rolled out in Wisconsin by TDS Metrocom, as the two companies begin eyeing wide regions underserved or not served at all by broadband.

Consumers Say Feds Should Protect Their Right To Internet Services: Survey
Two-thirds of Internet users worry that Internet providers may block their access to information and services, and a majority support congressional action to prevent the practice, says a new survey by the Consumer Federation of America.


3. Breaking News

SPSS Upgrades Predictive-Analysis Software
Clementine 10 is aimed at CRM-analysis and fraud-detection tasks.

Microsoft's Data Collection Troubles Some Users
Microsoft monitors the security health of PCs running its OneCare Live security service by collecting data from users' computers, but some users think it's too much.

RIM, NTP Escalate Threats, War Of Words
Both companies stepped up their attacks in the already-nasty patent dispute, throwing out charges of nationalism, improper influence, and greed.

9 In 10 Companies Hit By Computer Crime, FBI Says
According to the FBI's most recent survey, one in five organizations also admitted that it had been victimized by 20 or more attacks.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Leaks To Web
Screenshots and code for the most recent build of Microsoft's IE 7 browser have leaked to the Internet, according to several Windows-related sites.

New Kama Sutra Worm Corrupts Microsoft Documents
A new worm that already accounts for one in every 15 pieces of malicious code carries a "nuclear option" payload that corrupts data in a slew of popular file formats, a security company warned Friday.

Phishing Attacks Reach Record High
After several months of decline, phishing attacks rebounded in November to reach an all-time high, a security organization said in a new report.

U.K. Study: Cell Phones Pose No Risk Of Brain Cancer
The study of 966 patients was conducted by London's Institute of Cancer Research and three major British universities.

IBM Lotus To Support Apple
At Lotusphere this week, IBM's software group will reveal updated Mac OS X support in the latest Notes client. Also coming, sources say, is support for the new Intel-based Macs due later this year.

Apple Warns Of Intel Laptop Shortages
Apple's habit of keeping its announcements secret is part of the problem, according to an analyst.

Car-Navigation Firm Migrates To SOA
OnStar, the provider of vehicle GPS systems, plans to increase its applications' speed and processing times by using a service-oriented architecture to remove redundant code and insert a business layer.

Amazon To Launch Video Show Hosted By Bill Maher
Called "Amazon Fishbowl," the 30-minute program will also feature live performances from musicians and is scheduled to launch June 1.

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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web

The Latest Info--Tailor-Made For You (Christian Science Monitor)
The anticipated integration of Really Simple Syndication into Windows Vista is expected to push RSS into the mainstream.

Will Steve Jobs Be Disney's Big Cheese? (BusinessWeek Online)
Rumors continue to circulate that Pixar chairman Steve Jobs will sell his company to Disney and join the Disney board. If the deal happens, Jobs will be the biggest shareholder in the Mouse House. He won't be shy about expressing himself, either.

How The Freecycle Network Works (How Stuff Works)
If you just want to give something away, like your old laptop, you have any number of outlets. But if you want to give away your old laptop and be part of a potential revolution in the process, you might turn to Freecycle.org.


5. In Depth: Standards Updates

First WiMax Products Officially Certified
Even before the official blessing of these four products, though, more than 150 deployments and trials of WiMax have already been launched.

Faster Wi-Fi Standard Back On Track
The proposed standard, 802.11n, provides a huge speed boost for wireless networks, with actual throughput speeds of 100 Mbps.

Update: Competing UWB Groups Vow To Press On
Although the IEEE's ultrawideband standards group is disbanding, the work will live on in other forms, two vendor groups say.

Google Opens IM, VoIP Services
Google opened its instant-messaging and Internet telephony services to any company willing to support XMPP. That'll help other vendors build apps that interoperate with Google's.

Wal-Mart Tests RFID Data-Sharing Project
Using EDI, the company will be able to know when products are on their way from suppliers.


6. Voice Of Authority

Smartlabs Gaming And Movie Technology
Imagine the lights in your home begin to flicker as thunder and lightning affect the characters in the movie you're watching or the video game you're playing. Wouldn't that make it the ultimate movie or gaming experience? It's possible, and Laurie Sullivan hosts a podcast that explains.


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