Looking to grow career? Stay away from small enterprises, says research firm

The belief that you can flex your power and have more impact in smaller organizations doesn't ring true for IT professionals, according to a recent study.  Info-Tech Research Group's Indaba Division reports that in smaller enterprises, decisions on IT department acquisitions tend to rest in the hands of senior, non-IT executives.

The belief that you can flex your power and have more impact in smaller organizations doesn't ring true for IT professionals, according to a recent study.  Info-Tech Research Group's Indaba Division reports that in smaller enterprises, decisions on IT department acquisitions tend to rest in the hands of senior, non-IT executives. "In companies with more than 200 employees, the balance of power shifts and more than 50 per cent of purchase decisions are made by executives in the IT group," according to Ed Daugavietis, senior research analyst with Info-Tech. The takeaway is that if you are seeking a career with major impact on a business, you should focus on companies with 200 or more employees.  But small enterprises may offer an ideal experience for the IT professional who enjoys hands-on management of the IT infrastructure and does not aspire to management, said Daugavietis.

You can find out more about the Info-Tech study study at Tekrati.

Meanwhile, there is good news for you regardless of what size organization you work at. Robert Half Technology, a leading recruiter of both contract-based and full-time IT professionals, reports that IT professionals can expect starting salaries to increase an average of 2.8% next year. The Robert Half Technology 2007 Salary Guide also finds that software developers, web developers, and data warehouse managers will do best of all. Head over to Dice to read more.