IT pro's revitalization guide 2015

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Happy New Year, tech pros! Why not take a moment to recalibrate your personal and professional goals with some of our most insightful IT management articles?

For seasoned and new IT leaders alike, the new year is a good excuse to pause and take stock of your professional and personal progress in our always interesting, always chaotic industry.

Take a few moments to read through all the best of Computerworld's management and career articles, or click a link below to skip directly to your chosen topic.

Hone your tech skills

10 hottest IT skills for 2015
Programmers and project managers rejoice: Your skills are bankable assets.

10 hot cloud computing skills
As more companies embrace shared services, staffers with cloud computing chops are watching their fortunes rise.

Fast, cheap and easy: Five IT certifications that won't break you
Here's a shortlist of relatively easy-to-obtain and inexpensive certs that are valued by employers.

Free and cheap ways to learn about network administration
Here are ways to get hands-on network administration experience, even at home -- and most don't cost anything.

7 great MOOCs for techies -- all free, starting soon!
These seven free online courses can help you refine your existing skills and pick up new ones along the way.

Security skills shortage is real, and it's not going away anytime soon
Companies face a number of short-term challenges, RAND Corp. says.

Track hot tech titles

8 new tech job titles -- grab 'em before they're hot
With change the only constant in the IT jobs market, savvy tech pros are keeping their eye on these emerging specialties.

Tech hotshots: The rise of the QA expert
Long undervalued, quality assurance is in the limelight, and QA pros are in demand.

Chief analytics officer: The ultimate big data job?
As organizations seek to not simply corral data, but apply it strategically across the business, analytics experts are making their way into the C-suite.

Ambitious IT pros seek COO role
To effect truly strategic and visionary change, motivated tech leaders are looking at operations rather than IT.

Take control of your IT career

11 ways to re-energize your IT career
Mid-career blues, begone. Here are 11 actionable items tech pros can tackle to keep moving on up in IT.

The top 10 paying IT jobs: IT careers can prove fruitful
Android developers saw a 6% salary increase, but it was only a 1% hike for iOS developers, survey finds.

5 questions to ask before you take a tech job
IT positions don't always match up to their interview hype. Ask these questions to ensure you know what you're getting into before saying "yes" to your next job offer.

3 secrets to CIO longevity
Most CIOs stay in their positions only about five years, but others manage to stick around longer. Here's how long-termers remain effective.

Compare your compensation with Computerworld's Smart Salary Tool
Use our Smart Salary Tool to compare your pay with IT workers in similar jobs from across the United States.

Be a better boss

IT Salary Survey: What do IT workers want?
Smart employers know the score: Take-home pay still matters, but so do company culture, praise and challenging work.

How to fish for (and land) IT talent
CIOs who are good at hiring talent are involved in the process from the outset rather relying on HR to take the lead.

How to attract and retain talent with the right benefits
It can be tricky to navigate offerings when recruiting and hiring talent. But ignoring the issue could leave businesses without a crucial tool for attracting and retaining top talent.

How to build a more diverse IT workforce
Here's one tool that helps identify, attract and hire talent from diverse, underrepresented populations.

IT puts millennials to work, as mentors
Reverse mentoring helps senior tech execs brush up on social media, mobile skills.

Make the most of your introverts
It’s not news that a lot of IT folks are introverted. Savvy managers acknowledge what a good thing that is.

Best Places to Work in IT: What employees want
Bountiful benefits, top-notch training and, yes, generous compensation top the list.

Boost your business savvy

Do you understand your company's personality?
To be effective, IT leaders must deeply understand and fully engage with the culture of their organizations.

3 ways for CIOs to understand their company's bottom line
Tech execs who aspire to be CEOs or COOs someday must commit to understanding the financial aspects of their field and their company.

IT reorganization: 4 CIOs share expert advice
IT reorgs are never easy, but frequently necessary. Here's how to get the job done with minimal disruption.

IT power grab: Should you be a Machiavellian manager?
Ready to toss aside that meek service mentality and step up your game? Several savvy CIOs explain how to grasp the reins of IT power.

Blowing the whistle without blowing your career
How tech pros can bring data mishandling and abuses to light without putting their careers in jeopardy.

Ditch instinct: Why data drives business
Is your business running on top executives' opinions or cold hard data? Be prepared for vast cultural changes if you choose to start making decisions based on analytics, not instinct.

How to make the most of an IT buyer's market
Big changes in the vendor landscape are creating unexpected fringe benefits for users. Here's how to seize the opportunities.

How to recover after a cloud computing misstep
Early adopters share their lessons learned on ramping up, scaling back and avoiding disasters in the cloud.

Why IT needs to drive the risk conversation
No one is having an honest conversation about risk -- and that's putting IT between a rock and a hard place. Here are seven ways to change the dialogue.

Keep pace with emerging tech

The data center of 2025 revealed
IT managers have an optimistic outlook on renewable energy, cloud.

Techies see future where Web flows like electricity
In honor of the World Wide Web's 25th anniversary, technology experts offer their expectations for the Internet of 2039.

4 things to do now to get ready for the Internet of Things
Loads of IP-addressable sensors are descending on the enterprise. Here's how you'll need to pull them all together.

8 big trends in big data analytics
Big data technologies and practices are moving quickly. Here's what you need to know to stay ahead of the game.

3D printing makes its move into production
As businesses begin adopting 3D printing in production, IT departments need to get ready.

Where giant companies are on their cloud journeys
CIOs at Humana, Progressive, Vanguard, Western Union and other huge companies talk candidly about where they are with cloud computing.

8 technologies that are on the way out -- and one that we'll never be rid of
In the blink of an eye, a technology that's on top today can be made obsolete by the next big thing. Six futurists predict which of today's common technologies are headed for the scrap heap, and what will replace them.

7 hidden dangers of wearable computers
Wearable computers like smart clothes and smart watches offer a myriad of benefits, but also raise security concerns. Here are 7 worries associated with wearable devices.

Cloud computing claims a pivotal role in 2015
Not yet dominating enterprise IT, but progressing at a steady rate, cloud continues its ascent.

How automation could take your skills -- and your job
A new book by Nicholas Carr should give IT managers pause about the rush to automation.

Manage your work/life balance (or not...)

8 CIO moms share tales and tips from the IT trenches
Top IT leaders reflect on how parenting has changed their management style. (Hint: Don't sweat the small stuff.)

10 'geek dads' share tales and tips from the IT trenches
Tech pros weigh in on fatherhood, workhood and how they balance the two. (Hint: Make time for fishing trips.)

The 'always-on' IT culture: Get used to it
Around-the-clock accessibility is now expected for a broad range of IT roles. Here's how to cope.

Vacation, what vacation? Expect to work while you're away
The interrupted vacation is now the norm for some tech professionals, but many CIOs are doing what they can to mitigate its effects for their employees.

10 tech pros who push their downtime to the limits
As if IT leadership isn't challenging enough, some tech pros choose not to kick back when the day is done. Here's how flying a stunt plane or birthing a llama can make you a better leader.

10 great places for techies to 'pay it forward' (you can too!)
Why not kick off the New Year by putting your awesome IT skills to work for the greater good? Here are just a few of the many organizations that can use techie assistance.

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