Saturday, June 23, 2007
IT Hiring Index & Skills Report
Looking for a technology-related job in the third quarter? Prospects couldn't be brighter according to a survey of more than 1,400 Chief Information Officers (CIOs). Here's a quick snapshot:
- 17 percent plan to add IT staff in the next three months
- 2 percent foresee personnel cutbacks
When asked "Within your IT department, which single job area is experiencing the most growth?" the response included the following:
- Internet/intranet development (9 percent)
When asked "Which of the following technical skill sets are most in demand within your IT department?" the response included the following:
This survey reveals that, at least in large organizations, Web-related skills that incorporate database connectivity and programming expertise, especially in the form of Microsoft's .NET technology, will help open doors. A summary of the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report for the third quarter is available for review.
Sales of relational database management systems (RDBMS) continues to expand at a 14 percent clip according to report issued by Gartner. Adding database knowledge and expertise to your resume offers perhaps the single best return on investment that a Web designer/developer can make.
Three top-tier vendors account for more than 85 percent of worldwide RDBMS sales. These vendors are as follows:
- Oracle (47 percent)
- IBM (21 percent)
- Microsoft (17 percent)
With SQL topping the list of the most in-demand Web-related technologies at more than 2,000 current job listings, there might never be a better time to add database connectivity to your Web arsenal.
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Sunday, June 10, 2007
Oscars of the Internet
The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The Webby Awards presents two honors in each of more than 100 categories -- The Webby Award and The People's Voice Award -- in each of its four entry types: Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video and Mobile.
Beantown Web highlights this year's Webby Award winners in the Websites entry type. The 11th Annual Webby Awards received a record 8,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. In addition, more than 400,000 votes were cast by people around the world to identify the People's Voice Awards.
Organizers also announced recipients of this year's Webby Special Achievement awards, including the following:
- Lifetime Achievement > David Bowie
- Lifetime Achievement > Meg Whitman
- Person(s) of the Year > Steve Chen & Chad Hurley
- Best Actor & Actress > "Ninja" & Jessica Lee Rose
Also, fans of LinkedIn will be pleased to know that this business-oriented site walked away with two awards -- Services and Social Networking.
The 2007 Webby Awards winners are as follows:
- Activism > Green my Apple
- Art > Electrolux Design Lab
- Associations > PoetryFoundation.org
- Automotive > Volvo C30 - A Product of Free Will
- Banking / Bill Paying > Zopa
- Beauty & Cosmetics > Philips Norelco Bodygroom
- Best Copy/Writing > HowStuffWorks
- Best Home/Welcome Page > Sony.com
- Best Navigation/Structure > IKEA, Dream Kitchen
- Best Practices > Flickr
- Best Use of Animation or Motion Graphics > Jonathan Yuen (2006)
- Best Use of Video or Moving Image > Adobe CS2.3 - The Creative Mind
- Best Visual Design - Aesthetic > Jonathan Yuen (2006)
- Best Visual Design - Function > Flickr
- Blog - Business > DealBook
- Blog - Culture/Personal > we make money not art
- Blog - Political > Truthdig
- Broadband > blip.tv
- Celebrity/Fan > Verizon Dave Matthews Band
- Charitable Organization Nonprofit > I spy with my little eye
- Community > Flickr
- Consumer Electronics > PlayB3yond
- Corporate Communications > MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
- Cultural Institutions > Smithsonian Photography Initiative
- Education > HowStuffWorks
- Employment > Army Strong Launch Site
- Events > Mercedes-Benz E-Class Experience Paris-Beijing
- Family/Parenting > PBS KIDS Sprout--Sprout Diner
- Fashion > ZOOZOOM 'The Original Online Glossy'
- Financial Services > The Wall Street Journal Online
- Food & Beverage > Altoids.com
- Games > Samorost2
- Games-Related > Gamasutra
- Government > MBTA.com
- Guides/Ratings/Reviews > Yelp
- Health > That Guy
- Humor > The Onion
- Insurance > eHealthInsurance
- IT Hardware/Software > CLEARIFICATION
- Law > LawHelp.org
- Lifestyle > BP Carbon Footprint Calculator
- Magazine > MediaStorm
- Movie & Film > 2006 Pan's Labyrinth
- Music > Last.fm
- Netart > The Dumpster
- News > BBC News
- Newspaper > Guardian Unlimited
- Personal Website > Jonathan Yuen (2006)
- Pharmaceuticals > Know Menopause
- Podcasts > NPR Podcasts
- Politics > OpenSecrets
- Professional Services > Mindflood Seduction
- Radio > BBC Radio 1
- Real Estate > Bankside 123
- Religion & Spirituality > Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
- Restaurant > KFC’s Flavor Station: Choose Your Sauce
- Retail > Nike Women
- School > 10 Ways IU is Red Hot
- Science > HubbleSite
- Services > LInkedIn
- Social Networking > LinkedIn
- Sports > The Reggie Bush Project
- Student > The Science of Sex
- Telecommunications > Black Label Series No.1 Chocolate Micro
- Television > Current TV
- Tourism > YellowstonePark.com
- Travel > Wikitravel
- Weird > Cute Overload
- Youth > OwnYourC
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Sunday, June 03, 2007
Boston Market -- June
During the month of May the Boston Globe and Monster.com announced the launch of a co-branded website for Boston-area employers and job seekers. This new Boston.com/Monster website replaces the BostonWorks.com website that Beantown Web has been using for its monthly Boston Market analysis. On average there are two to three times more listings on the new joint venture website.
Job prospects for technology workers in the greater Boston area with in-demand skills remain bright. Two studies confirm these findings:
- Hudson Employment Index -- the number of workers who said their company had plans to add headcount stands at nearly 30 percent, the highest recording since last November. In addition nearly three out of four Boston area workers said they were happy with their job, the highest reporting since last October.
- The 2007 State New Economy Index -- this index measures the drivers of the information technology revolution that is transforming virtually all industries and contributing to increased productivity. This index places Massachusetts in the top spot among all 50 states.
So, what are the hot New Economy skills? Beantown Web's monthly analysis of salaries and job postings provides some insight.
The Average Salaries in Boston for common Web-related job titles has been updated for June. The salaries are posted in the right-hand column. Here is a snapshot of title and salary ranges:
- "Designer" >> mid-$30s to the low $60s
- "Developer" or "Programmer" >> mid-$50s to the low $70s
- "Database">> low-$70s to the low $80s
- HTML (#4)
- CSS (#9)
- "Developer" or "Programmer"
- Java (#3)
- Perl (#8)
- ASP.NET (#10)
- SQL (#1)
- Oracle (#2)
- XML (#6)
- SQL Server (#8)
The New Economy is clearly a programming / database-driven economy. Web Designers who develop skills in these areas not only increase their earning potential, they also expand their pool of potential job opportunities.
If you are new to programming and databases, consider signing up for Introduction to Programming, a FREE eight-lesson online course offered at the HP Learning Center. Classes begin Thursday, June 7.
Editor's Note: Next month's Boston Market -- Third Quarter will offer an expanded Top 30 list of Web technology skills in demand in the greater Boston area using the new Boston.com/Monster job search engine.
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