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
- Wisconsin Getting Wireless Broadband Network
- Consumers Say Feds Should Protect Their Right To Internet
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
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enterprise Content Management
Enterprise content is growing at an exponential rate. Learn how
business-technology professionals are deploying ECM initiatives
in this recent InformationWeek Research report, Enterprise
Annual InformationWeek Salary Survey
Are you challenged in your job? Are you satisfied with your
current compensation package? We invite you to participate in our
ninth annual National IT Salary survey. We'll compare your salary
and job satisfaction responses to those of your peers in a
30-plus-page report. It's fast. It's convenient. It's
confidential. And you can win prizes if you respond by Feb. 1.
(Grand prize: Sony 42-inch ED-ready plasma TV valued at $2,500.)
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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.
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.
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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