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Lorna Garey
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7/24/2014 | 11:39:06 AM
Interesting titles
Did the report describe what, exactly, an "information insight enabler" does? Is that just another name for data scientist, perhaps at a less-stratospheric salary?
Kristin Burnham
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7/24/2014 | 11:50:38 AM
Re: Interesting titles
It did not, though I'd guess an iteration of data scientist, too.
Laurianne
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7/24/2014 | 12:00:57 PM
Re: Interesting titles
"Collaboration evangelist" has me scratching my head a bit too.
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.
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
Laurianne
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7/25/2014 | 11:25:22 AM
Re: New IT roles
@TerryB, your experience shows your company was able to use you -- learning as you went along -- to oversee Sharepoint efforts, rather than hire a new specialist. Makes sense for employer and employee. You get fresh skills, they get a person who is a known quantity.
Laurianne
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7/25/2014 | 11:52:30 AM
Re: New IT roles
"Not being a Sharepoint "specialist" gave me a perspective that someone who lives solely in that world would never have. When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Bingo. Also incredibly valuable.
Kristin Burnham
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7/28/2014 | 10:51:08 AM
Re: New IT roles
Tough to survive and might explain why so many companies in the valley offer free food at work, the employees can't afford to eat.

^^working long hours is likely another reason, too.
Kristin Burnham
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7/28/2014 | 10:52:48 AM
Re: New IT roles
We're delving into those new titles this week in a separate story. Stay tuned.
ChrisMurphy
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7/29/2014 | 1:47:17 PM
RE: Where The IT Jobs Aren't - Tech
I was telling a friend this weekend, who works at a tech vendor in Silicon Valley, about this survey, and I sensed she was skeptical. Many people can't picture these kind of jobs -- tech in a manufacturing environment -- as cutting edge. I think people who can bridge the two worlds -- the cutting-edge, software-centric mindset of Silicon Valley, with the practical, close-to-the-customer product understanding -- are the winners. 
Laurianne
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7/29/2014 | 3:34:18 PM
RE: Where The IT Jobs Aren't - Tech
The other factor is the continued consolidation of the tech companies via mergers and acquisitions. Cloud-related companies are merging on a daily basis it seems. One company=fewer IT jobs. The manufacturing cos may have gone through their consolidations much earlier.
ChrisMurphy
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7/30/2014 | 1:58:13 PM
RE: Where The IT Jobs Aren't - Tech
I can tell you companies like GE definitely see the opportunity of learning from Silicon Valley, TerryB -- and they're actively trying to blend the cultures of the Valley's speed and agile development with the rigor and controls needed in industrial environments. Below is a video clip of GE CIO Jim Fowler discussing this idea at the InformationWeek Conference this spring -- on how GE opened a Silicon Valley office in part to change the culture of the broader GE:

http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/executive-insights-and-innovation/ge-power-and-water-cio-discusses-it-speed-and-agility/v/d-id/1279055


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