What’s in your wallet?
It’s a good time to be an application programmer. Codejockeys saw the
largest jump in salaries compared to other IT staff positions for the second
year in a row. App programmers average about $56,500 per year, up 6.6 percent
over last year. What’s more, their average base salaries have risen by
almost 15 percent since the beginning of the decade.
Although their salaries are higher on average (about $67,150) than app programmers,
systems programmers are having the toughest year financially. They’ve
seen their salaries slip about 5 percent compared to last year. Salaries for
this position have remained relatively stagnant since 2002.
How do we know? This issue, we’re reporting on the results of Enterprise
Systems’ annual IT salary survey (ADT and ES are owned by 101communications).
We aren’t able to print the entire survey in the magazine. There’s
a tremendous amount of additional fascinating stuff at www.ADTmag.com
and ESJ.com. Take a look when you have time.
Also in this issue, Stephen Swoyer, in his usual inimitable
style, reports BI today
is a more expensive proposition than it was just a few years ago, when enterprises
built their own reporting and analysis solutions. For a number of reasons, enterprises
are doing far less building and much more buying today, Swoyer writes. The consequences
of this transition have helped cloud BI’s once clear ROI picture.
Alan Earls checks
in with a piece on the software change and configuration management tools app
dev managers are using to manage globally dispersed development teams. And
John Waters wraps up the Java tools scene with a piece on how
the new face of the Java IDE will bear a closer resemblance to a lean plug-in
environment than the traditional feature-stuffed tool suite. The catalyst for
this transformation is Eclipse and its commoditizing effect on the basic components
of the Java IDE, Waters
Michael Alexander is editor-in-chief of Application Development Trends.