As a manager, you are responsible for your team’s success. You need to take active steps to keep your employees engaged and help them thrive, and that requires more than just delegating tasks.
While there are many ways to enhance engagement, certain points are more critical than others. If you want to make sure you succeed as a manager, here are four areas that deserve your attention.
Site reliability engineers (SREs) have actually been around for longer than DevOps specialists. The concept was created by Google in 2003 and, when the initial project was successful, other organizations added the SRE role to their ranks.
For many, the idea of becoming an SRE is intriguing. The work comes with many engaging challenges, and the positions are typically very lucrative. In Silicon Valley, the average SRE annual salary comes in around $145,000. Those in the upper tiers can even cross the $200,000 mark, which shows just how much you can earn once you have a substantial amount of experience in the field.
SREs do need a strong skill set, and typically a very diverse one. If you are wondering what skills you need to bring to the table to become an SRE in Silicon Valley, here’s what you need to know.
Regardless of where you are in your tech career or your IT specialty, having a strong personal brand is a must. When you can articulate your capabilities and demonstrate that you are an authority in your field, it increases the odds that you can get noticed for all of the right reasons, making it easier to advance your career.
Social media is an ideal platform for crafting a personal brand that can help you achieve success. If you want to make sure your efforts deliver the best results with the lowest amount of energy, here are some personal branding tips to get you started.
Companies are fiercely competing for top talent, including highly skilled foreign workers. Much to the chagrin of American IT pros, some businesses have begun offering green cards to foreign professionals who are willing to come to the US through the H-1B visa program.
Some of these companies are simply offering green cards to foreign workers. Others are going a step further, beginning the process on behalf of H-1B visa holders during the first year of employment with the organization.
If you are wondering why businesses are taking this step, here’s what you need to know.
Essentially every company in the country (and even the world) is increasingly focused on cybersecurity. New threats emerge on a near-daily basis, and a single exploited vulnerability can be a disaster for a business. As a result, organizations are looking for skilled cybersecurity professionals with the right know-how to keep their systems secure.
By acquiring the right certifications, you can stand out in the eyes of employers. Here’s a look at the top ten cybersecurity certifications for 2019.
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has already led to trouble for one major American tech firm. Google will have to pay a €50 million fine after a privacy watchdog noted that the company was not properly informing users about how the company was using their data.
While Google intends to appeal the decision, the incident showcases how privacy is taking center stage in 2019. This is especially true as new privacy regulations begin to take effect and more are considered to be on the horizon.
Here are the privacy regulations that need to be on every tech pros radar.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is making waves in nearly every industry and country. President Donald Trump’s recent “American AI Initiative” aims to make the United States a forerunner in the area of AI research, taking on challengers like China to make sure the geopolitical landscape favors the US in this arena.
Onboarding is a critical, but often overlooked, part of the hiring process. When employees are introduced to the company properly, they are better prepared to thrive in their roles and the environment. However, when onboarding is neglected, even the most skillful new hire may not be completely comfortable or left with unanswered questions, making it harder for them to reach full productivity quickly.
By examining the best practices of leading companies like Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter, you can learn from their onboarding successes. Here’s what you need to know.
In the epic words of Bill Gates, “Everyone needs a coach.” Most employee learning takes place on the job, and usually not through formal training programs. As a result, managers need to be ready to step up, guiding the development of their team on a daily basis.
However, many leaders do not spend much time coaching their staff. If you want to help your team and company get ahead, here are some tips to make you a better coach.
The digital news landscape has changed dramatically over recent years. Previously, increased interest on the part of readers allowed sites like BuzzFeed and Huffington Post to thrive, as demand for their content made creating more profitable. Social media played a massive role in the success of digital news media, as the sharing of articles and posts by readers enhanced a company’s visibility, often for much less money than traditional advertising mechanisms.
However, the landscape has shifted dramatically. Everything from Facebook’s pledge to focus more on posts from friends and family to rising interest in other mechanisms, like video, is playing a role. Buzzfeed ultimately decided to lay off around 15 percent of their staff as they prepare to adjust their model.
The Rise of the Online Video Star
Sites like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube have made posting videos about as easy as possible. As a result, nearly anyone could potentially try their hand at being a star. Plus, the masses were becoming increasingly enamored with video, often favoring it over other mechanisms, like written posts and static images.
As a result, many companies began to pivot, looking for ways to profit in the video category while shifting away from other approaches. This was especially true once the digital news sections of many companies began to become less profitable, decreasing their cost-effectiveness from a business perspective.
Facebook as a Publisher
Many digital news organizations relied on social media to gain readership. Facebook was often a preferred platform, but a variety of revelations – including the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and presence of Russian fake news sites – lead many users to doubt the validity of what was being posted. Additionally, Facebook itself was forced to pivot in response, altering what forms of content could be promoted by digital news organizations, limiting organic reach, and changing what users would see on their feeds.
Further, some users began to pull away from platforms like Facebook. They began to doubt the social media giant on a primal level, and that impacted how many people would be exposed to posts from digital news organizations. Others started to question the validity of nearly all digital news sources, as uncertainty about who is fake became an increasing concern.
The changes on Facebook’s side made digital news less profitable, and some digital news organizations ultimately did not survive. Skeptical readers also began pulling away, further harming readership numbers and impacting profits.
Is Digital News in Trouble?
In reality, digital news likely is not in trouble across the board. However, that does not mean companies will not need to change to survive in the shifting landscape, and those who refuse may disappear, either voluntarily or when readership dwindles to a point that they are no longer viable.
Those who change and adapt will likely remain, at least for the next few years. In the end, it is not unlike any other business segment where those who refuse to keep up with the times fade into obscurity while those who embrace the need for change have a chance to remain strong.
If you would like to learn more, the team at The Armada Group can help. Contact us with questions today and see how our expertise can benefit you.