The other day, I received a call from a state representative about the information posted on my site. I was asked about its content. The woman on the phone was completely non-communicative, arrogant and forgetful about the answers given in response to her questions.
After being formally unemployed for more than a year, the last thing I wanted was to jeopardize my UC bennies. The content on my sites is not only intended to convey information to visitors in depth, but also to showcase my special skills and talents. The woman had nothing. The more she talked with, the more it became apparent that she was not an IT person. Her phone call ended with her assuring me of an upcoming follow-up contact from an investigator.
The website content not only speaks for itself, but it is very clear that it is not generating revenue for my personal gain. Although monetization of family, friends and acquaintances is the only benefit to the business and activities that relate to the particular people. The data submitted is primarily intended to assist people in educational, current and past events and employment relationships. The site also helps with my job search and employer exposure in perspective. The intention is to make an impression.
Computer Science Students of color are very underrepresented in the IT workforce.
People of color with degrees are the least represented group prepared for IT jobs in the information technology sector. The implication shows serious disagreement both for higher education and with the IT industry. The limited number of IT staff is not just limited to people of color. Attracting and retaining employers in a particular group represents a major workforce deficit in information technology. Under-represented groups, ie. African Americans, Latin Americans, women and older workers, will benefit from expanding the needs of information technology. The 1998 report by Herman D. Hughes, a professor at Michigan State University, said: “Studies have shown that if the underrepresented groups participated fully in the IT workforce, there would be no IT workforce shortage.
“New legislation, the White House policy and a cybersecurity czar should help the situation. The lack of centralized leadership has hindered information sharing about vulnerabilities and there is still no need for uncertainty about data silos,” according to Mr. J. Nicholas Hoover from TechWeb.com.
Federal agencies reported that various intelligence agencies had information on U.S. attackers of September 9, 2001. This non-communication faux pas helped in gaps in information sharing between these relevant agencies. Sir. Hoover also said no agency had all the pieces needed for a complete information package. However, since then there has been progress from multi-agency sharing agreements with the adoption of wikis and blogs. “Although there are still gaps and gaps, terrorism information has become a government-wide approach to data sharing.
“Mandates and training programs for information sharing are implemented by less than half of the agencies involved,” Hoover says. The Markle Foundation finds “old habits die hard!” All agencies are required to publish details of their stimulus expenditures as part of the U.S. Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This includes all states involved and the jobs created. Consistency is sought by the Ministry of Finance with regard to its financial reports with government-wide government accounts. Improvement within the White House Office of Management and Budget is expected to create cohesive financial management systems in its improvement efforts, according to Hoovers’ report.
The question is, why is it that redundant non-interoperable systems remain normal within public agencies? Hoover says, “Many agencies insist on preserving their independence, and those who want to open up are facing technical barriers to sharing information.” I cite the Ministry of Defense as an example. Military branches resist using the Defense Information Agency Agency (DISA) or the Defense Business Transformation Agency (BTA).
Siled Information has proven to be DOD’s biggest challenge, while slowing down the modernization of departmental business systems as registered by the Government Accountability Office. More than 3,000 nonsense financial systems are replaced and / or connected to 12 ERP systems (Short for enterprise resource planning, a business management system that integrates all facets of the business including planning, manufacturing, sales and marketing. As ERP methodology has become more popular , software applications have emerged to help business executives implement ERP in business operations such as inventory control, order tracking, customer service, finance, and human resources.) with a $ 1 billion annual expense allowance. Countless interfaces require connection of reconciliation errors in these state systems.
“Clearly, the future of information technology is inextricably tied to how well underrepresented students are prepared,” said Bob Reed, vice president of diversity and integration at Cingular Wireless Systems, as reported by Mr. Fred Green Jr., NNPA Technology Writer. “The road to success begins long before a potential employee finishes a job application.”
This reporter’s collegiate investigation has spanned more than 10 years. Attends Philadelphia Community College, began in fall 1996 with Management and Technical Studies and Berean Institute College of Business Administration and Computer Science in Philadelphia PA, accredited by: The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, etc. The later institution is a “HBCU” (historic black colleges and universities).
Three HBCU campuses were given a challenge. The three historic colleges were Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA; North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C .; and Florida University in Tallahassee. Business students on the three campuses were indicted for the development, implementation and marketing plan to reach their colleagues and faculty membership. Cingular Wireless Systems did this challenge, says Mr. Green. The rewards are scholarships, grants and company products. Cingular’s challenge allows a business student to present their skills to demonstrate proficient balance and theory with teamwork concepts as well as individual creativity. (The challenge results will be published at a later date).
Employers are constantly seeking new skills, training and learning. Why is it so difficult for IT and BI (Information Technology and Business Intelligence) students to acquire the jobs and career paths they are seeking? (Especially within government offices!) Why are entry-level hiring positions filled with bureaucracy when it is obvious that applicants have the skills and capabilities to perform IT tasks and responsibilities?
An IT job shortage? Please!
IT-skilled workers often do not have their skills in idle format. They (we) have to keep up with information trends and changes. We are constantly encouraged to continue educational pursuits, even though costs have risen to unavailable heights for the average person. We are encouraged to build and maintain on-line profiles and resumes ‘that will attract employers’ views. We are encouraged to show our skills and talents on the Internet, only to have them investigated, ridiculed, disrespected, misread and misunderstood. Our competition is not of our country, and yet we are constantly encouraged while discouraged from achieving our government’s goal – “The American Dream!”
The competition constantly nurtures its home grown (and not home grown – but – returned home) trained and competent talents who put their IT productions to greater heights! This particular talent (in most cases) does not withstand the pressure of financial stress, not to mention drugs, with the knowledge that the talent used is intended to serve the government it calls home … motherland: for at least one for two years. The competition looks back at us and smiles. Competition is growing with the changing technology trends and changes as we sit screaming “IT workforce shortage!”
The competition goes home with the trophy, and we are sixth and seventh in the world competition IT and BI platform. Look at Beta Max, video, home computers, electronics, etc. Isn’t it time for us to ride high in the saddle, to be first and lead? We did it with the presidency, right? So why can’t we find a way to fill in the “IT workforce shortage” and use all our talent … throughout the free country … the home of the brave? Inclusion is the only way to complete and express freedom and release from our technological bonds. We also don’t have to just run up!
Do employers see your site, your profile (s)? Are they drawing the wrong conclusions? Is the employee contractor / supplier adept at the current challenges in the IT world and its technologies? Is the investigator able to understand simple IT language and its meanings and symbols? Or is it once again “Big Brother” announcing who really has control?
What’s on your site?
Until next time.