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Benchmarks for IT Training Budgets 2013
IT organizations slashed training budgets during the recession, and they have yet to recover. At some point, best-in-class IT organizations will begin to adopt new technologies that require the recruitment and retention of workers with new skill sets. Training budgets will revive. This study provides IT organizations with benchmarks for setting optimal training budgets for their organizations. We provide benchmarks for spending on IT training per IT staff member and as a percentage of the IT budget. We also assess variation in training budgets by organization size and sector, and we look at the change in training expenditures over time. (11 pp., 5 figs.) [Research Byte]
Documentation and Training Staffing Ratios
Documentation and training is a small but important function in the IT organization. In this study, we examine how staffing levels for this function have changed over the past decade. We also provide current metrics for this job function by organizational size, which IT managers can use to benchmark their employee headcount levels. Metrics include documentation/training specialists as a percentage of total IT staff, number of users per specialist, and number of developers per specialist. We conclude with our recommendations for optimizing staffing levels and productivity of IT documentation and IT training personnel. (4 pp., 5 figs.)[Executive Summary]
IT Training Budget and Staffing Metrics by Organizational Size and Industry
An analysis of corporate spending for IT training shows that many organizations are not investing adequately in professional development of their IT staff, the largest single line item in the IT budget. This article reviews IT training budget and staffing benchmarking metrics from 2000 through 2005, with projection for 2006. It also examines the differences in training spending and staffing ratios between organizations of different sizes and in various industry sectors. (6 pp., 5 figs.)
Increasing ROI for Training (Dec 2002)
Training expenditures as a percentage of annual payroll continues an upward trend, while total hours of training per employee continues a downward trend.
IT Contract and Consulting Providers Receive Mediocre Report Cards
A newly released study conducted by Computer Economics indicates that most end user organizations do not feel their contract and consulting service providers are delivering as high a quality of service as they would like.
Wireless Internet Training Terminals
Computer Economics anticipates that within the next few years, private companies, colleges and universities, military organizations, and perhaps a small number of primary and secondary schools will start using wireless Internet devices for education or training purposes. The key advantage of wireless Internet training terminal (WITT) devices is that they provide an anywhere, anytime platform for education because they do not require external power sources or physical connections to the Internet.
The Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program (August 2002)
The Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service (SFS) program provides funding to colleges and universities for scholarships and capacity building in the information assurance and computer security fields. This includes the education of students in information technology security and for institutional or faculty development in the area of information assurance and computer security.
Costs for Instructor-Lead Training
We reviewed programs offered by several commercial training companies to determine costs (low and high) for several software packages and programming languages. Figure 1 provides the level of training, number of days, and low and high costs of training for each software package.