In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Can The IT Career Choice Be Saved?
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft Plans 9 Patches This Week
- CA Calls New Dangers In Its Software 'Very Limited'
- New Sober Slams Users, Quickly Slumps
3. Breaking News
- IT Services Employment Remains Strong...
- ...As IBM User Group President Warns Of IT Personnel Shortage
- Review: Microsoft Windows Vista's Next Beta
- Firefox 1.5 Makes Progress
- SuSE Linux 10 Releases, Downloads Hard To Get
- Warner Reportedly Joining Blu-Ray DVD Backers
- EU Names Briton To Monitor Microsoft Compliance
- Robots Compete For $2 Million Darpa Prize
- AOL Offers AIM License To Bloggers, Podcasters
- Marconi Society Honors Gordon Moore, Claude Berrou
- Researcher Eyes 'Ambient Intelligence'
4. In Depth: Health-Care IT
- U.S. Awards Contracts To Spur Development And Use Of
Interoperable And Secure Health IT
- U.S. Wants To Make It Easier For Doctors To Adopt Health IT
- Steve Case's 'Revolution' Acquires Health And Tech
Companies To Flesh Out Consumer Offerings
- Disaster Births A Network
5. Voice Of Authority
- Google Plays Politics
6. White Papers
- Storage Virtualization
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Quote of the day:
"It's the most unhappy people who most fear change." -- Mignon McLaughlin
1. Editor's Note: Can The IT Career Choice Be Saved?
InformationWeek writers have been getting a blogful of reader
responses about why people are leaving the IT fold and why new
talent is so slow in entering.
Readers are saying that, among other things, outsourcing, long
hours, and bosses' unrealistic expectations have proven deadly to
morale. And who wants to suggest a career path to young
people--their own kids or others'--that they wish they themselves
could escape from? You can read more about what readers have to
say in the blog entry of my colleague, Mitch
Wagner. He shares some of the E-mail he's gotten on the
subject and points to a few other editors' blog entries on the
topic that have received related feedback.
It's certainly enlightening to read why so many people are
disaffected with a career choice that they presumably felt
positively about at least at some point in their lives. It's also
profoundly sad to me to see so many people so full of negativity
about their life's work.
It's a fact, though, that the environment has certainly changed,
that working in IT (and pretty much everywhere) is more
stressful, and that fewer people are entering the field than
before. So what to do?
Robert Rosen, president of the IBM Share user group and a
longtime member of this industry, has some interesting ideas.
He's on a mission to help retain existing IT
professionals and help recruit new ones, and says he believes the
field is still a "fun" place to be. One of his suggestions is for
people at or near retirement age to return to their companies--or
go to others--as consultants. Often they can get involved in more
interesting projects than the ones they left. Companies don't
have to pay full benefits to "consultants," so everyone wins.
Another idea: Given today's higher gas prices, the ability to
work from home a few days each week can be a very real and
powerful benefit. A couple of companies recently offered tips on how to make telecommuting successful
for all involved.
At this point, we pretty much know why people are leaving or are
unhappy in their IT careers. And so the question becomes, what
can we do to get them to stay? I'm thinking that if bright,
articulate, successful IT managers and staffers put their heads
together, they can and will come up with different ways of
retaining and attracting good people.
Let's try to advance the discussion. I invite you to take part by
checking out my blog entry and letting us all know what
Review: Microsoft Windows Vista's Next Beta
The "Community Technology Preview" of Vista isn't Beta 2 yet, but
speed is up, the Sidebar is back, and it has more new features
like Live Thumbnails, Flip 3D, and peer-to-peer MeetingSpace.
Firefox 1.5 Makes Progress
Mozilla releases the second beta of its next browser, Firefox
1.5. It's expected to go final in November or December.
EU Names Briton To Monitor Microsoft Compliance
The appointment of Neil Barrett ends two out of three points of
dispute between EU regulators and the software maker. Still open
is the question over Microsoft's providing rival software makers
some cost-free, additional access to part of its code.
Researcher Eyes 'Ambient Intelligence'
An executive at a European research group told conference
attendees this week of his goal: "secure, trustworthy computers
and communications that are in everything and everybody." This
could include everything from smart homes and automobiles to
personal assistants and insulin sensors.
SOA And Web Services
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architecture and Web services with the editors of InformationWeek
by taking our short and confidential survey, available now online.
Disaster Births A Network
Long considered an IT laggard, the health-care industry is banding
together to help Hurricane Katrina victims by creating a data network
that facilitates secure Web access to evacuees' prescription-drug
histories by authorized doctors and pharmacists nationwide.
The company has hired its first lobbyist. Thomas Claburn has a
problem with that because, as he says in his blog entry, Google
is engaging in hypocrisy--the firm advocates free speech here in
the United States but knuckles under to censors abroad.
Like the Internet, virtualized storage aims for simplicity,
transparency, flexibility, scalability, and resilience. But
unlike the Internet, which is dispersed, storage virtualization
is designed to allow for centralized control.
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