March Madness Causes Headaches for IT Professionals

March Madness may be an exciting time for college basketball fans around the country, but it is a stressful season for IT professionals whose job it is to maintain network security and functionality. In fact, in a recent survey of 500 IT professionals conducted by Braun Research on behalf of Modis, 42 percent of IT professionals say March Madness historically has impacted their network. Of those affected, 37 percent report their networks have slowed down, while 34 percent report March Madness activity has essentially shut down their networks for a period of time.

March Madness is the NCAA’s Men’sDivision I Basketball Championship. It ranks as one of the most popular annual sporting events in the nation. Because many games occur during standard business hours, fans often attempt to monitor their favorite teams real-time by watching the games online at work. The increase in web usage can put added stress on the stability and operation of office networks.

In response to the increase in streaming content, some IT departments institute procedures that block or slow down web video. Other IT professionals, specifically those who do not block or slow down/throttle streaming content and video within their organizations (35 percent) say March Madness has impacted their network (55 percent) with 48 percent saying it has slowed it down and 43 percent saying it caused their network to shut down.

“With the increasing popularity and availability of streaming video, it has become easier than ever for workers to watch sports games at their desk—and March Madness is a time when streaming sports content consumption is at an all-time high,” said Jack Cullen, president of Modis. “It’s an event that boosts office morale and builds camaraderie for many American workers, but it can put a significant burden on office networks, and the IT professionals responsible for maintaining them.”

For more survey findings, click here to view a press release.

Top 12 Cities to Find an IT Job

As the economy continues to recover, companies are investing in IT projects that had been put on hold during the recession, according to Modis, a national IT staffing firm.

The firm rated the top 12 cities to find an IT job in the current economic environment, with Houston topping the list for the second year in a row. They are:

  1. Houston
  2. Toronto, Ontario
  3. Orlando, Fla.
  4. San Francisco
  5. Minneapolis
  6. McLean, Va.
  7. Walnut Creek, Calif.
  8. Detroit
  9. Jacksonville, Fla.
  10. New York
  11. Denver
  12. Boston

“A strong, up-to-date IT infrastructure is crucial to businesses, and so with increased confidence in the economy, many companies are reinvesting in IT initiatives, beginning with talent,” said Jack Cullen, president of Modis. “Given the geographical spread of cities on this list as well as the breadth of skills needed, there is opportunity across North America for IT professionals who are looking to get ahead and further their careers.”

Regulations Lead to Demand for Health Care IT

 

With government regulations such as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the health care industry will need IT personnel more than ever before, according to an article from eWEEK, which provides enterprise technology news and reviews.

“It’s reached a perfect storm stage and is one of the last industries to go through a total IT transformation,” Eric Marx, vice president of health care IT for Modis, an IT staffing subsidiary of Adecco Group, said.

Health care organizations are looking for IT workers with vendor-specific experience, he says. That means the skills to operate EHR platforms from companies such as Cerner or Epic.

In addition, security, business intelligence and data warehousing professionals will be the most demanded, he notes.

“There’s a premium on security folks and on folks that can take large amounts of information and get some value out of it, so business intelligence and data warehousing are significant,” Marx says.

For more information about the demand for health care IT professionals, read the entire article by clicking here.

IT Workforce Optimistic About Future, Survey Finds

 

A new survey of IT professionals conducted by Modis, a leading provider of information technology staffing solutions, shows a large majority (89 percent) of IT professionals are happy at their current job and two-thirds (64 percent) intend to stay where they are presently employed.

This widespread career contentment may be the result of survey respondents feeling that the things they find most critical to their job satisfaction are being fulfilled, according to Modis. These factors include having a boss that does not micromanage (70 percent), having a good salary and benefits (62 percent) and having opportunities to receive training in new technical skills (61 percent).

“These results are consistent with what we are seeing and hearing on a day to day basis at Modis,” said Jack Cullen, president of Modis. “IT professionals are generally happy in their current roles and are cautiously optimistic about what 2012 may bring.”

Braun Research, Inc. conducted the telephone survey on behalf of Modis with 502 IT professionals.

To read more about the survey and its findings, click here.