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Top Tips & How-Tos of the Week for Buffalo, NY IT Pros (Aug. 23rd 2017) Feature

Here are the Top Tips & How-Tos of the Week for Buffalo, NY IT Pros (Aug. 23rd) as based on the story’s likes, shares, and interactions from our social media sites. The content provided is mainly for Buffalo-Based IT Professionals to help keep them informed as they continue to impact and grow Buffalo’s tech reputation. We provide IT Resources and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.

Climbing Your Way to a Tech Management Role

Not every tech pro wants to end up in management. Nonetheless, there are good reasons to aim for that particular brass ring. At larger companies, for example, managers with technical skills often get to lead the most interesting projects. And then there’s the money factor: managers can get paid more—the average pay for tech management hit $136,934 in the most recent Dice Salary Survey (PDF)—and receive some fantastic perks. But succeeding as a manager, particularly in a higher-level executive role, requires a set of tools…Read More

How to Bridge IT’s Growing Generation Gap

Do millennials make up a substantial portion of your IT staff? If not, they will soon. Within a few years, millennials — roughly defined as people born after 1981 — will comprise the biggest demographic in the country, overtaking the baby boomers, who are today’s most populous generation. By 2020, one-third of U.S. adults will be millennials, according to researchers at the University of Southern California. PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that they will also account for more than 50 percent of the workforce by that time. Statistics like those matter…Read More

Underpaid? 6 Ways to Play Salary Catch-Up

If you stay at one company for too long, or accept a low salary to break into a new specialty, it’s easy to find yourself in a situation where you are paid below market value. In fact, companies frequently pay new hires more than current employees, resulting in a situation called salary inversion or pay compression. Since many companies are unlikely to dole out big raises, and a future employer may base an offer on what you made at your last job, the only viable solution is to play salary catch-up in your current position. Here are some ways to get…Read More

IT Success means Improving ‘Time to Value’ For The Business

What is digital thinking, and how does IT adopt it? That’s what I’ve been asking every CIO I talk to. So, when DTE Energy’s Steve Ambrose described digital thinking as improving “time to value,” I had to learn more from the CIO of the electric utility serving more than 2 million customers in southeastern Michigan. We started with the foundation, which was to nail our operational performance. As a utility, DTE Energy is an operator and spends a lot of money on big projects, like power plant builds. Even though IT projects are smaller, they need…Read More

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