Crowdfunding to Double
The industry is booming, creating jobs, leveraging sales
The crowdfunding industry is booming. More than 1,250 online platforms worldwide raising $16.2 billion last year, up 167% from 2013, according to crowdfunding research firm Massolution. And global crowdfunding is projected to reach $33-34 billion in 2015, with $6 billion of that in the US, double that of last year.
The benefits to companies go beyond the actual funds raised through the revenues that are crowd funded; there is a marketing benefit that translates into sales. Crowdfunded companies (via rewards, equity or debt) increased quarterly revenues by Read more »
Cyber Crime & Internet/Email Security Costs & Solutions
The tenth annual 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study, conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by IBM, reports that the average cost for each lost or stolen record with sensitive or confidential information as grown from $201 to $217, and the average cost paid by companies located in the U.S. has gone from $5.9 million to $6.5 million. That is an 11% increase in the total cost of data breach, and there has been an 8% increase in the cost per lost or stolen record. 49% of data breach incidents are malicious or criminal attacks, 19% caused by negligent employees, and 32% result from Read more »
The Tech Market in a Nut Shell
Tech Sector Employment Trends & Numbers
The U.S. tech industry totaled 6.5 million employees at the end of 2014 according to CompTIA’s Cyberstates report. The top five states by tech industry employment are: California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Massachusetts.
Payroll / GDP
The tech industry’s impact on the U.S. GDP is 7.1%. Tech salaries tend to be double Read more »
Tech salaries leading the way overall, but not so much for women.
Technology professionals have higher salaries overall
In San Francisco, which is a leading are for top pay in tech, health care, and finance, even for new grads the pay is rising faster than other areas. Annual full-time salaries in San Francisco increased by an average of 2.8% from the first quarter of 2014 to 2015, whereas nationally the increase was only 1.8% during the same time.
Glassdoor’s top three highest-paying positions in the City are all in tech Read more »
An exciting billion dollar sector with bleeding-edge technology and amazing career opportunities.
Data Security is a billion dollar issue. There’s never a shortage of date breaches and compromises, hacks and mistakes in the news. As technology permeates every nook and cranny of our lives, and devices become further interconnected, and more and more data about every aspect of consumers is stockpiled, the risks of that data being exploited malevolently multiply.
Web business have been especially hard-hit: Ebay was hacked and had 145,000,000 records stolen this year Read more »
Redfish on the #BPTW List for the Third Year Running
POPULUS has named Redfish Technology among the top ten Best Places to Work in Idaho for the third year in a row. The award is given for the company’s efforts and commitment to creating engaging workplaces.
Redfish Technology is thrilled to announce it has been honored as a ‘Best Places to Work’ in Idaho honoree for the third year running. In 2013 and 2014, Redfish won first place in the micro employer category. On April 16, the rankings for 2015 will be revealed, stay tuned to see if Redfish makes it to #1 for a third year!
Being honored as a BPTW company is important because the recognition attests to a company’s commitment to its staff, customers, and community. “We truly care about our Redfish family and our community,” affirms Heidi Clark Read more »
Tech Salary Trends
Salaries Continue to Rise, Especially in Key Sectors, for Key Skills
There’s great news in the tech industry as far as salaries go! US Tech Salaries and Bonuses are on the rise. The latest Dice Salary Survey reports a 2% annual salary increase over last year on average. Bonuses were also up for 37% of tech professionals, with a $9,538 bonus on average. Over the last five years, average tech salaries have grown each year – 2010: 0.7%, 2011: 2.4%, 2012: 5.3%, 2013: 2.6%, Read more »
Top Certifications for 2015
Security, Business, Networking, Software/Hardware
Tech skills and certifications are important for all roles from the engineering side to project management. There are several recent surveys that highlight the certifications that are most in demand or that provide the best pay off. This article highlights a few of those surveys (with links to them) as well as discussed general skills trends that Redfish Technology has identified.
According to the UCLA Extension, tech certifications that make the most impact on your career and pay scale are the Microsoft Certified IT Professional, and the Cisco Certified Network Associate. A+, Server+, ACMT are the top hardware/software certifications requested in IT job postings.
The IT professionals merit badge is Read more »
The Network Technology Revolution
What is it?
Jobenomics defines the Network Technology Revolution as “the next generation in digital technology that will transform society and economies. The NTR is characterized by a perfect storm of highly advanced technologies, processes and systems, including big data (zettabytes of data stored in “clouds”), semantic webs (thinking websites), machine learning (systems that can learn from data), mobile robotics (automated machines capable of movement), ubiquitous computing (embedding microprocessors in everyday objects to communicate information without requiring human interaction), national broadband system (bringing high-speed networks to everyone ), and the “Internet of Things” (a world where more things are connected to the Internet than people).”
IDC posits that the Internet of Things Market value could reach $2.3 trillion by the end of 2014, and then grow to over $3 trillion by 2020. According to Gartner the Internet of Things will grow exponentially to 26 billion devices by 2020 Read more »
The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends to Focus on in 2015 from Gartner
The Gartner symposium showcases analysts’ strategic technology trends with the most potential for impact over the next few years. These trends fall into three broad categories: the merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technology impact of the digital business shift.
As David Cearley, vice president & Gartner Fellow stated: “We have identified the top 10 technology trends that organizations cannot afford to ignore in their strategic planning processes. This does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the trends at the same rate, but companies should look to make deliberate decisions about them during the next two years.”
These top strategic technology trends are: Read more »