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Happy Thanksgiving / Register Now For ITPalooza

Happy Thanksgiving / Register Now For ITPalooza

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and colleagues. May you enjoy the peace and happiness of this family oriented celebration.

I also wish to thank the tireless work and support that the ITPalooza organizing team is pouring into the event to make it a great success.

The ITPalooza Organizing Committee will be hosting a Sponsors, Speakers, Volunteers dinner on Wednesday December 11th.  Please click here to register.

ITPalooza 12/12 still FREE with Unwapped Toys donation

ITPalooza 12/12 still FREE with Unwapped Toys donation

Marine-Toys-For-TotsITPalooza is just 2 weeks away and still FREE with your donation of New Unwrapped Toys.  Marines Toys For Tots will be on hand to collect and marshal your Toy Donations to spectacular Toy Wall the volunteers build each year. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the fun. ITPalooza honored the Marines Toys for Tots program by donating more than $15,000 of Toys and Fun to the cause. Toys are needed for children of all ages boys and girls – indoor and outdoor. Also sports accessories like baseball gloves and basketballs are welcome.

ITPalooza: South Florida IT hiring and salaries keep rising, survey says

ITPalooza: South Florida IT hiring and salaries keep rising, survey says

There’s a growing demand for information technology professionals in South Florida, according to a survey by Miami Beach-based staffing firm SherlockTech.

Sixty-one percent of companies surveyed said they have immediate plans to hire additional IT staff in 2014. That’s up from 57 percent in 2013.

The survey identified the most demand for the following jobs:

• Enterprise-level mobile application developers ($105-$150,000)

• Cloud infrastructure engineers ($100-$105,000)

• IT security analysts ($80-$150,000)

SherlockTech said it surveyed more than 500 IT professionals and local companies, in conjunction with the upcoming ITPalooza event being held at NSU’s Graduate School of Information Sciences on Dec. 12.

On average, starting salaries increased 10-18 percent for the jobs in the most demand.

“There is a new paradigm emerging in the information technology arena,” said Alex Funkhouser, CEO of SherlockTech Staffing, in a news release. “It used to be the IT department in the driver’s seat; now, it is sales and marketing calling the shots as IT supports brand building and business development.”

The survey’s results also showed a change in attitude from local IT professionals. Sixty-nine percent said they were open to new opportunities as compared to 67 percent last year and 16 percent in 2011. Funkhouser has seen turnover rates increasing significantly compared to 20 percent during the height of the recession.

Call to CIOs – Bring you staff to ITPalooza

Call to CIOs – Bring you staff to ITPalooza

“You did a great job with ITPalooza last year. This year I will encourage all of my staff to attend.” Greg Taffet, CIO US Gas and Electric.

If you are a CIO or Senior IT Manager, please follow the example of CIO Greg Taffet and encourage all your staff to attend ITPalooza 12/12/13.

As A bonus, CIO’s are invited to participate in our Invitation only CIO Insights track. If you are a CIO or Sr. IT Manager and you did not receive an invitation, please email Alex@SherlockTech.com.