Fastest Growing IT Salaries by Programming Skill– 2021

Posted by Kelly Grant, Senior Technical Recruiter

This is the second in a series of posts that look at the trends in The Dice 2021 Tech Salary Report. https://marketing.dice.com/pdf/2021/Dice_2021_Tech_Salary_Report.pdf

It may have expected that salaries remained flat or even lowered a bit amid the pandemic.  However, this report indicates that even in a time of unprecedented change, the principles that drive salary growth, particularly in the tech sector, remain in place.

The report states “When it comes to programming languages, tried-and-true stalwarts such as Python (up 0.3 percent, to $112,388) and JavaScript (up 1.5 percent, to $102,346) were either flat or saw increases. Regardless of the broader economic situation, companies need technologists who know the world’s most popular programming languages, both to build new products and maintain legacy code. Knowing data-related languages such as R (up 0.8 percent, to $112,958) and Scala (down 3.1 percent, but still sitting at $124,066) likewise proved profitable, given the centrality of data analytics to company operations.”

Also, “As companies rush to embrace digital transformation, they’re also embracing newer languages such as Kotlin (down 6.9 percent, to $114,531) and Swift (down 4.2 percent, to $111,988) for building the next generation of mobile apps, even as they maintain the mountains of mobile-centric legacy code written in Java (virtually flat year-over-year, with an average salary of $114,347) and Objective-C (down 5.6 percent, $115,489). However, these newer languages have a long way to go before they can reach the pervasiveness of current incumbents.”

This is the second in a series of posts.  Next, we will look at the benefits that are important to employees in the technology sector.

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The Surprising Costs of Cyberattacks on Small Businesses

Posted by Stephen Palamara

Small business owners know that a vigilant cybersecurity program is expensive. Yet it is evident that cybercrime is one of the fastest growing forms of criminal activity, so defense must be a top priority. An article on the CNBC website highlighted the potentially devastating impact of a cyberattack on a small business.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/13/cyberattacks-cost-small-companies-200k-putting-many-out-of-business.html#:~:text=Cyberattacks%20now%20cost%20companies%20%24200%2C000%20on%20average%2C%20putting%20many%20out%20of%20business,-Published%20Sun%2C%20Oct&text=Forty%2Dthree%20percent%20of%20cyberattacks,defend%20themselves%2C%20according%20to%20Accenture.

The article states that 43% of cyberattacks are aimed at small businesses, but only 14% of those businesses are adequately prepared to defend themselves.

“Modern IT infrastructures are more complex and sophisticated than ever, and the amount of virtual ground that we’ve got to safeguard has also grown exponentially,” explains Jesse Rothstein, CTO of online security provider ExtraHop. “From mobile to desktop interactions, cybercriminals can launch thousands of digital attacks designed to compromise your operations at every turn, only one of which ever needs to connect to cause serious disruption.”

In terms of the cost of a security breach to an organization, the article states “the consequences of cyberattacks continue to grow, with digital incidents now costing businesses of all sizes $200,000 on average, according to insurance carrier Hiscox. Sixty percent go out of business within six months of being victimized.”

The article suggests a multipronged approach to defense against cybersecurity attacks, since threats can come from internal staff as well as external sources. “It’s important to take a multi-faceted approach to cybersecurity,” explains Dan McNamara, chief technology and security officer at MedReview. “As our organization has grown, so has the number of cyberattacks it faces. … In the last two quarters alone, we saw 12 to 15 million breach attempts, many of which take place during early morning hours and weekends. [To safeguard ourselves,] we try to embrace AI and autonomous services; implement real-time cybersecurity tools; and encourage every person on staff to play a role in combating online threats.”

Adequate training for staff, in addition to advanced digital safeguards can help small businesses protect themselves from cyberthreats and thrive in an age of ongoing digital transformation.

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Cloud Computing – Making the Move to AWS

Posted by Mike Boyle, TCC Director of Business Development, 317.625.2547

Everyone today is talking about cloud computing. The worldwide public cloud services market is forecast to grow by almost 27 percent in 2021, compared to 2020. The software-as-a-service market alone was expected to expand past the 150-billion-dollar revenue mark by the end of 2020.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/258718/market-growth-forecast-of-public-it-cloud-services-worldwide/#:~:text=The%20cloud%20system%20infrastructure%20services,single%20digit%20annual%20growth%20rates

Many organizations are asking what is the cloud and why would it be good for me? Simply put, cloud computing is computing based on the internet. In the past, people would run applications or programs from software downloaded on a physical computer or server in their building. Cloud computing allows people to access the same kinds of applications through the internet. When you post a photo on Instagram, you’re using cloud computing. Checking your bank balance on your phone? You’re in the cloud again.

Cloud computing is transforming businesses across industries and creating a paradigm shift by delivering hosted services through the internet with cost benefits and business innovation. The private sector is building on cloud computing’s myriad benefits, but government organizations have also aggressively begun to capitalize on them. Increasing financial constraints have deeply affected how agencies deploy their solutions. Agencies are pressed to seek optimized business models while measuring their performance and service deliveries more closely — hence their inclination towards shared services.

Cloud is fast becoming the new normal in both the private and public sector and organizations are moving to a cloud computing platform such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) because cloud computing increases efficiency, lowers the burden on the agency’s IT department, increases flexibility, and reduces overhead costs. But there are more benefits that you may not have considered. Here are several reasons that government agencies should move to the cloud:

  • Greater Flexibility

Cloud-based services such as AWS are ideal for organizations with growing or fluctuating bandwidth demands. If your needs increase it is easy to scale up your cloud capacity, drawing on the service’s remote servers, or if you need to scale down again, the flexibility is baked into the service. It is not surprising that CIOs and IT Directors rank “operational agility” as one of the main drivers for cloud adoption.

  • Improved Disaster Recovery

Organizations of all sizes should be investing in robust disaster recovery, but this is often more an ideal than the reality. Hosting systems and storing documents on the cloud provides a smart safeguard in case of an emergency. Man-made and natural disasters can damage equipment, shut off power, and impair critical IT functions. Supporting disaster recovery efforts is one of the important advantages of cloud computing for most organizations.

  • Automatic Software Updates

In cloud computing the servers are off-premise, and suppliers such as AWS take care of them for you and roll out regular software updates – including security updates – so you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself. This leaves you free to focus on the things that matter, like taking care of your core business.

  • Boosts Cost Efficiency

Cloud computing reduces or eliminates the need for organizations to purchase equipment and build out and operate data centers. This presents a significant savings on hardware, facilities, utilities and other expenses required from traditional computing. Reducing the need for on-site servers, software and staff can also reduce the IT budget.

  • Increased Collaboration

Cloud-based workflow and file-sharing applications give dispersed teams of people the ability to work together easily and efficiently and improve document control. Staff can make real-time updates, see what other team members are doing and communicate effectively. This level of collaboration can speed up projects and improve customer service.

  • Improved Security

Lost laptops are an expensive business problem. Potentially greater than the loss of an expensive piece of equipment is the loss of the sensitive data it contains. Cloud computing gives you greater security when this occurs. Your data is stored in the cloud so you can access it no matter what happens to your machine. You can even remotely wipe data from a lost laptop, so it does not fall into the wrong hands.

  • Measurable Business Outcomes

According to the AWS website (https://aws.amazon.com/cloud-migration/) there are measurable business benefits from migrating to the cloud, illustrated below.

AWS

Making the Move

Moving to the cloud sounds like the right thing to do for your organization, but it also sounds pretty daunting. To satisfy the mandates for innovation and achieving a lower total cost of ownership, it is important that government agencies choose a cloud provider that fits their needs. Government, education, and nonprofit organizations face unique challenges to accomplish complex missions with limited resources. Public sector leaders engaged in true cloud computing projects overwhelmingly turn to the power and speed of Amazon Web Services (AWS) when they want to serve citizens more effectively, achieve scientific breakthroughs, reach broader constituents, and put more of their time and resources into their core missions.

Over 5,000 government agencies use AWS, because AWS understands the requirements U.S. government agencies have to balance economy and agility with security, compliance, and reliability. AWS has been among the first to solve government compliance challenges facing cloud computing and has consistently helped customers navigate procurement and policy issues related to adoption of cloud computing. AWS provides commercial cloud capability across all classification levels: Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret making it possible to execute missions with a common set of tools, a constant flow of the latest technology, and the flexibility to rapidly scale with the mission.

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Most Important Benefits to Tech Employees– 2021

Posted by Kelly Grant, Senior Technical Recruiter

This is the third in a series of posts that look at the trends in The Dice 2021 Tech Salary Report. https://marketing.dice.com/pdf/2021/Dice_2021_Tech_Salary_Report.pdf

According to the report, benefits desired by employees in the tech sector changed since the Dice 2020 Tech Salary Report. In response to the pandemic, more traditional benefits such as health insurance and paid vacation days became more important than “emerging” benefits such as wellness programs, and paid volunteer opportunities. 

The report notes that “Health insurance ranked the highest of all benefits that technologists consider important in 2020 (88 percent), which comes as no surprise amidst a global pandemic. Paid vacation days closely followed (87 percent), which hints at a greater desire for work-life balance at a time when remote work can threaten to blur the line between professional and personal life. Dental and vision insurance came in at 82 percent and 75 percent, respectively.”

This is important for companies to consider as they market themselves to potential employees in a tight market for technology hires.

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