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Dowling To assure flexibility and lasting value, information system designs and product selection must be guided by an architectural plan for infrastructure and applications systems. The Art of architecture design is in extracting business requirements; the Science is translating them into technology solutions.
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This information flood has been hastened by the Internet, writes Kevin Maney. He explains that data growth has been fiercely competing with Moore's Law--the tenet that computing power doubles every 18 months--but warns that Moore's Law is in danger of falling behind, which could lead to a situation in which massive amounts of information cannot be exploited because computing technology has hit a wall.
At its current stage, Blue Gene is about the size of a dishwasher and is ranked as the 73rd fastest computer in the world. Maney writes that by the time a consumer version of Blue Gene is introduced, the amount of information generated annually could conceivably surpass 15 exabytes. Kate Kaiser, a charter member of the Wisconsin chapter of SIM and an associate professor at Marquette University, says there has been a need for IT professionals to pick up business skills for some time, but employers now want them to have business and industry knowledge much earlier in their careers.
Companies cited business-related capabilities as five of the 10 skills they need to retain. They also said there are not enough project managers with skills in project planning, leadership, and risk management, adding that entry-level employers often lack communication skills.
The report says employment numbers for the IT industry, including in-house, independent contractors, and third-party provider full-time equivalents, will remain largely the same from through And outsourcing will have little impact on employees in the United States.
At the 26th International Conference on Information Systems in Las Vegas, Frederico Fonseca, assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences and Technology ISTand James Martin, a professor emeritus of the Penn State psychology department, presented their argument for having designers and users act as teammates during the development process.
In their paper, "Play as the Way Out of the Newspeak-Tower of Babel Dilemma in Data Modeling," they suggest that a back-and-forth dialogue between designers and users will ultimately allow for the development of IT systems that meet the various needs of its users.
Of the IT managers who identified the most important talents to keep in-house throughmore than 77 percent of respondents cited project planning, budgeting, and scheduling; followed by 75 percent who listed functional-area process knowledge; and 71 percent who noted company-specific knowledge.
Three technical skills topped 60 percent in systems analysis at 70 percent, systems design at 67 percent, and IT architecture and standards at 61 percent. And 55 percent of IT execs mentioned security skills.
Pickett describes IT as an umbrella that allows someone with IT skills to see more of a company.
More employers are starting to demand business-technology professionals who have "customer-facing, client-facing" skills and understanding, the survey also reveals.One popular argument for expanding private school choice is that public schools will improve their own performance when faced with competition for students.
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