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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Oct. 2nd) 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. Lighthouse Technology Services provides IT Staffing Services and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.

Court Ruling puts Future of H-1B Lottery in Doubt

The U.S. government’s attempt to stop a lawsuit challenging the legality of the H-1B lottery was rejected Thursday by a federal court judge. The government tried to get this case dismissed on legal technicalities but failed. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon, in Oregon, denied the government’s dismissal motion in a 24-page ruling. This case may now be decided quickly. The plaintiffs are seeking a summary judgment with oral arguments schedule in December. If the summary judgment is granted, the lottery could end — the plaintiffs hope — as early as next year. Read More

Tech Jobs that Will Get You the Biggest Raise Next Year

The biggest raises in 2017 will go to data scientists, who can expect a 6.4% boost in pay next year. That’s well above the average 3.8% increase that’s predicted for tech workers, according to new data from Robert Half Technology. The recruiting and staffing specialist recently released its annual guide to U.S. tech salaries, which finds IT workers will be getting slightly bigger pay bumps than many other professionals. Across all fields, U.S. starting salaries for professional occupations are projected to increase 3.6% in 2017. Read More

InformationWeek 2016 Salary Survey: 10 Best-Paying IT Leadership Jobs

The average IT management professional has been in the business for 20 years and at his current company for nine years, feels intellectually challenged by his work, and is generally secure in his current role. And, yes, he is most likely male. This is the profile we can draw from the results of the InformationWeek 2016 US IT Salary Survey. In 2016, median base salary for IT management professionals — including CIOs, CTOs, and VPs — is $112,000 annually, and has remained flat in the past 12 months. Median total compensation…Read More

Java Developer Tops Most Applied-For Jobs

What jobs are drawing the most attention from tech pros? According to an analysis of the Dice database, the following positions have attracted the most applies since January 2016. For those involved in tech in some capacity, these results shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. From the TIOBE Index to GitHub, Java consistently ranks as one of the top programming languages (if not the top one); as a result, there are a lot of jobs open for those skilled in the language’s use, and an accompanying number of applies. Read More

Bridging the Cybersecurity Talent Gap

According to the Cybersecurity Jobs Report,  there will be 1.5 million global cybersecurity openings by 2019. This shortfall is fueled in part by efforts to combat the dramatic increase in cybercrime, as well as by the constantly shifting the security landscape that makes finding qualified individuals for critical roles difficult. The talent shortfall is a known quantity, but the solution to this crisis is unclear. Why? It’s a known unknown, as Donald Rumsfeld might say. Because the scope of the challenge is broad and growing, it requires a broadening range of skill sets that are yet unknown. Read More

Two Lighthouse Team Members Go Behind the Scenes at New Era Field

Lighthouse has been a Bills season ticket holder for a number of years now, and recently an open invitation was sent out by the Bills organization presenting the opportunity for season ticket holders to tour the team’s facilities. It’s not often you get to see behind the scenes of state-of-the-art facilities like these, so we jumped at the offer. There have been many recent changes to the entire complex, inside and outside, and we were excited to get such an intimate setting for a close look. We started our journey in the ADPRO Sports Training Center…Read More

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