CIOs grapple with how to jumpstart innovation amid pandemic

IT leaders turn to emerging technologies from strategic vendors and VC partners to help keep collaboration and innovation humming in a work world gone remote due to the coronavirus.

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred a proliferation of rapid-fire transformations, with IT leaders working through punch lists of priorities aimed at preserving business continuity. But with work from home (WFH) decrees eliminating workplace tête-à-têtes, CIOs are wondering what will happen to serendipitous innovation.

As much as CIOs like to boast about IT staff productivity since they were sent home in March, simulating the water-cooler conversation that can spark fresh ideas is difficult. And humans who have glazed through scripted back-to-back Zoom sessions all day are unlikely to pivot to an ad-hoc meeting to expound on The Next Big Idea. Frustration borne by Zoom fatigue and the lack of face-to-face interaction mounts.

“This is going to prove to be very challenging,” says Craig Williams, CIO of networking company Ciena.

The pandemic could have come at a worse time

It’s hard to argue that a pandemic is well-timed, but when the coronavirus gripped the U.S., CIOs, who had met with their C-suites and boards in late 2019 to strategize their IT roadmap for 2020, were already executing on their digital strategy, says Carol Fawcett, CIO of Golden State Foods, a purveyor of condiments, dipping sauces and other foods for McDonald’s, Starbucks and other brands.

Inspired CIOs and their teams executed on their digital strategy, accelerating moves to Zoom, Microsoft Teams or another equivalent, boosting VPN licenses and network capacity and accelerating migrations to cloud software. They reprioritized projects as needed, Fawcett says.

Fresh research from the 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey suggests this momentum will continue, as 47 percent of 4,200 IT leaders surveyed say COVID-19 has permanently accelerated digital transformation and adoption of emerging technology.

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Direct-hire Network Engineer Opportunity with Great Company in Downtown Dallas, TX

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JOB TITLESENIOR NETWORK ENGINEER

 

REPORTS TO:  Systems Architect

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

This role is part of the IT Infrastructure Team in the Network and Telecommunications Group. The role will include (but is not limited to) engineering, deploying and configuring network systems. This position is an integral part of enterprise network design, bringing industry best practice to the engineering process. It requires a high level of technical aptitude to address network problems and discuss solutions with a technical and/or executive audience. The Senior Network Engineer will ensure a stable and secure networking environment for our client and its affiliates. You will own and resolve network-related incidents and requests within SLA’s as the last level of support during outages or equipment issues. Managing the company’s core network infrastructure, as well as supporting initiatives related to network and telecommunications, will be part of daily tasks. The ideal candidate will have a solid technical background across multiple network vendor solutions as well as exceptional communication and organizational skills. The Senior Network Engineer will be honest, accurate and professional in all their daily interactions with team members, business partners and residents. They will treat everyone with dignity and respect while engaged in company business at the office or offsite.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Responsible for engineering, implementing and maintaining clients’ complex network infrastructure
  • Assumes lead role in the Network and Telecommunications Group
  • Design stable and secure network systems using industry best practice
  • Document procedures for network hardware/software configuration and use.
  • Document technical specifications and operating standards for network and telecommunications equipment.
  • Develop and maintain toolsets that monitor network health and performance
  • Generate concise reports on network health, performance and utilization
  • Forecast network technology costs and growth by performing trend analysis and capacity planning using available data sets forecasting models
  • Manage security incidents and perform Root Cause Analysis
  • Manage enterprise routing, switching and wireless devices
  • Manage firewalls, VPN concentrators, IDS/IPS and other security appliances
  • Manage Cloud Networks, Cisco Nexus and Meraki equipment
  • Manage core infrastructure networks at our data centers
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to identify business requirements for proposed network initiatives and deliver sound technical solutions
  • Work with network administrators and various groups throughout the company to deploy, decommission, or relocate network equipment and devices.
  • Serve as the Subject Matter Expert on network related issues
  • Provide coaching sessions for knowledge transfer in a small group setting
  • Conduct presentation and whiteboard sessions for company executives
  • Document step-by-step procedures to fix known issues, established solutions or processes in the company knowledge base.
  • Engineer solutions to enforce network policies and procedures, assuring users and devices adhere to company security standards.
  • Optimize network performance from the core network to the endpoints
  • Implement network management tools for day to day operations
  • Develop and document network scripts to automate common network tasks

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science or Engineering
  • Minimum eight (8) years of experience supporting large multivendor networks, ten (10) years experience is preferred
  • Minimum four (4) years of experience engineering and supporting large multivendor voice and data networks
  • CCIE Certification is desired; CCNA a minimum
  • Experience with large, multi-site enterprise network systems
  • Solid experience designing and implementing virtualized networks
  • Solid experience designing and implementing networks using interior and exterior routing protocols
  • Solid experience designing and implementing IP network delivery services for voice, video and other types of application data
  • Ability to discuss network component capabilities and perform advanced integration with multiple 3rd party products and services.
  • Experience with telecom/data carrier provisioning, billing, and troubleshooting procedures
  • Experience with current best practices in IT standards, principles, and security practices
  • Expert knowledge of core networking concepts including switching, routing, and wireless technologies
  • Expert knowledge of network principles, design, security and implementation
  • Expert knowledge of network security, firewalls, IDS/IPS systems, wireless Access Points
  • Expert knowledge of MPLS, QoS, VPN IPSec and SSL technologies
  • Expert knowledge of TCP/IP, EIGRP, BGP, HSRP and VRRP
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving ability
  • Respond effectively and in a timely manner to sensitive inquiries and complaints.
  • Individual accountability and contributions within a team-based environment
  • Use metrics and establish KPI’s to identify common problems
  • Perform root cause analysis to pinpoint deficiencies in design
  • Maintaining company standards and ensuring they are adhered to, as well as establishing new standards when there is a gap in policy
  • Work proactively and cooperatively to increase capabilities of the operations team
  • Ability to take initiative and move projects forward with limited direction
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to work at a swift pace with minimal supervision
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ease with building/establishing rapport with people and teams at all levels of the organization
  • Professional demeanor, goal-oriented, self-motivated, creative, flexible and adaptable to new situations
  • Passion for learning, trying new things, understanding what works and quickly adjusting what doesn’t

 

TECHNOLOGY SKILLSET:

Cisco Switches, Routers and Firewalls

LAN, WAN and WLAN

MPLS, EIGRP, BGP

Cisco Call Manager and Avaya IP Office

VoIP Design and Implementation

Capacity planning

 

WORK SCHEDULE:

This role is based in our corporate office located in Dallas, Texas; primary schedule will be 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM; after hours availability and on-call rotation is required on an as-needed basis.

 

 

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BENEFITS:

 

Other benefits of the Senior Network Engineer role include:

 

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Vacation and Paid Time Off
  • Sick
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Holidays
  • Training for CEU’s Credits

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Direct-hire On-boarding Specialist Opportunity with a Great Company

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Direct-hire On-boarding Specialist Opportunity with a Great Company in Richardson, TX

Overview:

  • This position will be heavy in systems
  • Will be the first onboarding person hired
  • Will help in designing and implementing the onboarding system/process
  • ADP is currently used to onboard employees
  • Devise a systemic way to touch every new hire
  • Will be pulling all resources together to on-board new hires
  • This person is expected to make processes more efficient

 

Job Description:

Fundamental Responsibilities:
* Partner with Human Resources leadership to design and implement process around on-boarding new employees, effectively acquiring new employees and off-boarding.
* Work with the Human Resources Business Partners, managers, and new employees to collect accurate onboarding documents that enable new hires to begin employment in a timely manner.
* Guide new hires through the onboarding process and assist them in matters such as paperwork collection, benefits enrollment, orientation, culture assimilation, training etc.
* Build relationships with individuals across all departments as you work with them to expand their teams
* Create innovative procedures to boost engagement among new hires
* Contribute to a fun, positive work environment!

Requirements:
* Outstanding communication and organizational skills
* Exceptional attention to detail, especially under time constraints
* Ability to prioritize competing priorities effortlessly
* Utmost sensitivity with confidential data and information
* Experience in Six Sigma methodology and Human Resources or handling of employee data strongly preferred
* Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google software
* 3+ years of experience in Six Sigma field. Focus on Human Resources a plus

Additional Benefits:

On site café

On site gym

Close to major highway

Competitive benefits

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Data Storage: Big Data Analytics Is Just Starting to Reach Its Potential: 10 Reasons Why

Big data—and the demands that its collection, processing and security put on IT resources—is on about every IT decision maker’s mind right about now. The so-called Four V’s of Big Data—volume, variety, velocity and value—are holding true as defining terms for this relatively new IT phenomenon. The amount of data is growing faster than we know, the types of data formats continue to increase, the data is moving faster than ever before and the analysis of it is proving to be surprisingly valuable for businesses in categories many had never dreamed of. This slide show touches on 10 important trends in this sector, particularly with regard to the popular batch-processing system Apache Hadoop. Our main resource is RainStor CEO John Bantleman, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the management of software companies, joined RainStor as chairman in 2004, and became CEO in 2007. RainStor is a database designed to manage big data for large enterprises.

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Data Storage: Big Data Analytics Is Just Starting to Reach Its Potential: 10 Reasons Why

Big data—and the demands that its collection, processing and security put on IT resources—is on about every IT decision maker’s mind right about now. The so-called Four V’s of Big Data—volume, variety, velocity and value—are holding true as defining terms for this relatively new IT phenomenon. The amount of data is growing faster than we know, the types of data formats continue to increase, the data is moving faster than ever before and the analysis of it is proving to be surprisingly valuable for businesses in categories many had never dreamed of. This slide show touches on 10 important trends in this sector, particularly with regard to the popular batch-processing system Apache Hadoop. Our main resource is RainStor CEO John Bantleman, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the management of software companies, joined RainStor as chairman in 2004, and became CEO in 2007. RainStor is a database designed to manage big data for large enterprises.

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IT Workers Are Happy, But Will Still Leave for Something Better

IT Workers Are Happy, But Will Still Leave for Something Better

Despite overall satisfaction with their current job situation, IT workers still show a readiness to jump ship when the next best thing comes along.

CIO — The majority of IT employees are engaged at work, loyal to their employers and inspired to do their best everyday, according to new survey findings from Randstad Technologies and Technisource. However, despite that, more than half (53 percent) are open to new employment opportunities, Think of it as the IT sector’s version of The Five Year Engagement, a new film about a couple that is happy to be engaged but put marriage plans on an indefinite hold.

"The takeaway for employers is that they use whatever means to create a strong bond with their employees by engaging, recognizing and empowering them in order to minimize attrition," said Bob Dickey, executive vice president of technologies at Randstad U.S.

The latest Randstad Engagement Index findings, conducted in February, surveyed 3,000 IT workers, nationwide. The Randstad Engagement Index measures the attitudes and perceptions impacting employee engagement within companies.

Looking at IT sector’s response to Randstad’s six components of engagement, the survey found the following:

  • 76 percent of IT employees are proud to work for their company
  • 63 percent of IT employees enjoy going to work every day
  • 75 percent of employees feel inspired to do their best each day
  • 68 percent of IT employees feel their efforts at work are recognized and valued
  • 67 percent indicate they trust their company leadership to make good decisions for the workforce
  • 67 percent of employees believe their company shares their values

Not only did the survey indicate that IT employees are clearly satisfied with their jobs and employers but 80 percent feel secure in their jobs, and they’re optimistic about the future:

  • More than three-fourths, or 77 percent, believe their company has a great future
  • 64 percent believe their company is making the right investments in their workforce for the future
  • 60 percent report being only a little or not at all concerned about having to take a pay cut

IT Workers Looking for the Next Best Thing

Despite the rosy relationship with their current job situation, IT respondents still showed a readiness to jump ship when the next best thing comes along. And, survey results indicate that 59 percent of respondents believe that those opportunities are on the horizon as more than half believe that the job market will pick up in 2012.

According to Dickey, opportunities in the IT sector are opening up with increasing pressure to find top talent. In fact, recent job demand in IT is for higher-level positions, such as project mangers, business architects and data analysts.

"What this tells us is that the economy is picking up as more companies start new project initiatives and make investments in infrastructure and development," he said. Dickey noted that improvements in IT job hiring is often a bell weather for overall employment growth.

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Modernization of IT: Solving a Legacy of Business Problems & Applications

Modernization of IT: Solving a Legacy of Business Problems & Applications

Are we building applications or supporting the business?

I talk to a lot of CIOs. I met with one in early May who oversees the IT operation of a $6 billion yearly entertainment-related company with about 7,000 employees. This top-notch exec was all about transforming a huge investment in existing IT infrastructure into a new dynamic, extensible and agile platform that would propel the business forward – not hold it back. This guy is busy figuring out how to keep a Boeing 777 up in the air while simultaneously re-fitting aircraft to make it best-in-class.

That’s what IT should be all about.

But in some organizations, it’s not. Either the message from the top gets lost as it percolates down through the IT organization, or the message from the top isn’t the right one to begin with. Either way, for those unfortunate IT organizations, IT is a ball-and-chain that holds the enterprise back, rather than gives it the capability to move forward.

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IT News March/April 2012

Creating culture of IT innovation includes rewarding failure – Computerworld lnkd.in/mfGKif

In IT Projects, More Needs to Be Less Too – Information Management Blogs Article lnkd.in/rFZ3CK

Personal and Enterprise IT Gains – Information Management Blogs Article lnkd.in/fu9VKq

Attention tech sales people: Don’t go around the CIO :: Editor’s Blog at WRAL Tech Wire lnkd.in/SbT5YF

IT Must Provide Enterprise Collaboration Tools Employees Will Use lnkd.in/nf6qa9

When Will the Offshore Flow of IT and Finance Jobs End? CIO.com lnkd.in/YcF2vP

Bring your own tech: IT’s missed opportunity | Byod – InfoWorld lnkd.in/sHUXmm

Offshoring Shrinks Number of IT Jobs, Study Says CIO.com lnkd.in/553iN6

CIOs Overcome Shortage of Business Analytics Talent lnkd.in/ukwwzv

India’s IT Firms Hire U.S. Workers As They Fight for Visas CIO.com lnkd.in/fDhir8

Small Business Data Backup Plans Found Lacking – Small and Medium Business IT – News & Reviews – Baseline.com lnkd.in/yHWPaZ

Execs to IT: Take these cloud services and manage them | Cloud storage – InfoWorld lnkd.in/t6AMGu

How to Get a Hot Job in Big Data CIO.com lnkd.in/DWHzEX

Getting A Recommendation From A Past Employer lnkd.in/AnAXJE

Offshoring Shrinks Number of IT Jobs, Study Says CIO.com lnkd.in/8RnBUz

Why the ‘personal cloud’ is no PC killer | Cloud computing – InfoWorld lnkd.in/7byGYH

Direct-hire Manager Networking & Communications Opportunity with a Great Company in Dallas, TX

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Direct-hire Manager Networking & Communications Opportunity with a Great Company in Dallas, TX

Manager Networking & Communications

Job Description:

This position will report to the Director of Technical Services and Operations and will be responsible for the Networking and Communications team. Accountability includes but is not limited to; the on time delivery of projects, day to day operations, outage resolution, employee development and budget planning and tracking.

· Manage the day to day activities of the Network and Communications team. This includes performance appraisals, career development and mentoring team members

· Responsible for Network and VoIP architecture, Standards and Practices

· Responsible for Network Security (PCI)

· Responsible for managing budget for equipment and ongoing expenses for data circuits and etc.

· Negotiate and manage contracts with third party providers and vendors.

· Responsible for maintaining all network systems, applications, security and configurations.

· Test and evaluate network systems to eliminate problems and make improvements.

· Creates and maintains disaster recovery plans.

· Responsible for evaluating and ensuring all upgrades, patches, and new applications and devices are deployed properly.

Requirements:

· Bachelor’s degree and 8-10 years experience in the field or related area.

· Must have experience with both Juniper and Cisco devices.

· Advanced knowledge of firewalls, wireless devices, routing principals, and network architecture along with knowledge of  Voice over IP (VoIP)

· 3+ years in a leadership role.

· 3+ years managing capital and expense budgets

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Contract Backup Administrator Opportunity in Dallas, TX

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Contract Backup Administrator Opportunity in Dallas, TX

POSITION SCOPE: We are seeking an experienced Backup Administrator to define, design and implement ITIL-Compliant Processes for regular backup and recovery of Windows/Intel Servers. Manage execution, monitoring, and reporting of regular backup jobs and works with systems administrators to ensure reliability and integrity of installed equipment.

Experience:

5+ years as Backup Administrator or Systems Administrator in a Windows environment

3 years experience with VMware

3 years experience with Symantec Net Backup or Tivoli Storage Manager or Commvault

Education:

BS Degree or Equivalent Experience

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