News Scan: Wearables will be all the fashion rage; Chelsea Clinton addresses IT gender gap; more


>> Wearables will be all the fashion rage, study says

Based on all the headlines, wearables will be the rage next fashion season. Indeed, the market is on track to be worth an estimated $18 billion by 2019. That is the prediction of ABI Research. As noted in an article at Datamation, "While wearables, a device category that includes Google Glass and smattering and smartwatches from various device makers, are currently a niche play, they're poised to become the next workplace must-haves in a few short years." If ABI Research is correct, the wearables market will grow at an amazing pace of 56 percent compound annual growth rate. Still, not all wearables are suitable for the workplace, the ABI study notes. "Wearable technology such as smart glasses and those used for healthcare are better suited for the enterprise as corporate-liable devices," Jason McNicol, ABI Research senior enterprise analyst, was quoted as saying.

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>> Chelsea Clinton talk focuses on IT gender gap

The gap between men and women in the information technology field is well known, but there are numerous efforts underway to help close the gap, and gender inequality in IT is getting more attention. One of the latest examples was the visit by Chelsea Clinton to the O.C. tech conference in Newport Beach. "Clinton, who was in town Wednesday for a women in tech conference, knows not everyone, especially girls, has the same access to technology and its career benefits that she had growing up," notes an article at the OC Register. Clinton discussed the under-representation of women in the science and tech fields, and how she and the nonprofit Clinton Foundation are tackling female inequality worldwide.

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>> Categorization key to IT program management success

The key to IT program management is proper categorization, according to research firm Gartner, and the firm will explain its five-type framework to reduce risk, enhance oversight and improve success rates at the upcoming Program and Portfolio Management & IT Governance Summits in National Harbor, Maryland, and London, U.K. "The adage 'the right tool for the right job' is every bit as appropriate to IT programs as it is to carpentry or plumbing," says Michael Hanford, research vice president at Gartner. "Understanding different program types, the characteristics, requirements and benefits involved, and how they should be applied to meet different organizational, structural or governance needs is too often neglected in the early stages of planning."

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>> Infrastructure IT workers ok with flat paychecks

Perhaps it is an indication that the economic recovery is still underway: networking and data center professionals are apparently ok with the fact that their salaries aren't rising very quickly. Having stable work may be more important, notes an article at Network Computing. Noting that infrastructure IT salaries are "flat and happy," the article says "employees in these fields share common positive attitudes about IT as a career path." Citing data from the Information Week 2014 salary survey, the article points out that median total compensation for IT staff was $88,000, which reflects a $3,000 increase from 2013. Total compensation for managers is $110,000 compared to $100,000 for networking. Despite relatively little salary growth from year to year, a majority (61 percent of staff and 65 percent of management) said they were satisfied or very satisfied with all aspects of their jobs.

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