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Weekly recap: 2013 IT salary survey, tech trends for developers, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on the 2013 salary survey, tech trends for developers, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Long term tech trends developers need to know
I particularly liked the author’s take on the mobile market in this article: “The mobile market is a merciless meat grinder, a never-ending battle for vendors, consumers, and developers.” He makes a great point. With all of the turnover in the mobile market, we can’t possibly know which platform or device will be popular in even two years time. Kind of makes native app development seem a little risky from a business standpoint…

2013 IT Salary Survey
Computerworld just released their annual IT salary survey, and it’s fairly comprehensive. It lets you compare IT salaries by position, industry, region, and job level. I find these surveys are useful not only for individuals, but for companies as well. Do you want to see what skills other companies in your industry deem important? You can find all that (and more) in a survey like this.

Banks must ditch legacy IT
Banks (and many other companies) are facing a big question: How can we grow and adapt our business while running on an old system? If you’re asking that question, here’s something that might help.

Almost half of workers use consumer services behind IT’s back
In the past, the IT department controlled technology. They were the gatekeepers–ultimately controlling hardware and software access in the business. Those days are gone. Now, end users regularly bypass the IT department altogether, often behind IT’s back. Why? This article lists three reasons for this growing trend.