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FAA May Ditch Microsoft's Windows Vista And Office For Google And Linux Combo

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Spring Brings Brighter IT Job Prospects
2. Today's Top Story
    - FAA May Ditch Microsoft's Windows Vista And Office For Google And Linux Combo
    Related Stories:
    - InformationWeek's Windows Vista Roundtable, Part Four
    - Apple's New iTunes Update Fails To Fix Windows Vista Problems
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft To Blast Google For Its Copyright Policy
    - Is The Google Phone Its Next Supersecret Project?
    - Feds Investigating Wal-Mart Tech Who Was Fired For Spying
    - Want To Buy Some Cool New Stuff From Microsoft? Not This Stuff, Not Yet
    - Microsoft Threatened To Kill Mac Office To Gain Infamous 1997 Apple Deal, E-Mails Reveal
    - Centralized Identity Management Can Help Curb The Insider Threat
    - Manual Processes Leave Businesses Open To Insider Threats, Study Says
    - How To Set Up A Secure Home Network
    - Red Hat To Produce Open Source Tools With Ajax Partner
    - Intel Introduces Its First RFID Chip
    - Has Social Networking Gone Too Far?
    - User Forgetfulness Leading Cause For Help Desk Calls
    - Image Gallery: Sun's Data Center On Wheels Rolls Into Manhattan
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
    - Journal Report Confirms Rumors That Palm Is Up For Sale
    - Many Mobile Gamers Are Young Professional Women
    - WebEx Lets You Access Your PC Through Your Mobile Phone
5. White Papers
    - Meeting The Demands Of Business-Critical Applications With Next-Generation Networks
6. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
7. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quotes Of The Day: Spring
"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush." -- Doug Larson

"A little madness in the spring is wholesome even for a king." -- Emily Dickinson


1. Editor's Note: Spring Brings Brighter IT Job Prospects

With a nod to spring, here's a hopeful sign of an improving employment picture from Robert Half Technology's Quarterly IT Hiring Index and Skills Report: 14% of the 1,400 CIOs interviewed say they plan to add full-time IT staff in the second quarter. Minus the 2% who are planning staff reductions, Robert Half says the net 12% hiring increase is the second highest since the third quarter of 2002.

Those numbers may pale in comparison to the armies of workers big-name vendors like IBM plan to hire in India and other overseas locales, but the point is, that uptick is about jobs here. It's not an avalanche, but it is a start. And one that dovetails with increasing reports about a tightening pool of IT talent here and the need for IT managers to work harder on retention and be more flexible about recruitment.

Driving the demand for workers is business growth or expansion (36%), increased demand for customer and/or end-user support professionals (28%), and the installation or development of new enterprise-wide applications (14%).

The Mountain region leads in hiring plans, and the finance, insurance, and real estate industry leads the way in IT hiring, with 38% of those CIOs expecting to add personnel and only 1% planning staff cuts. This is especially interesting given that the finance vertical is expected to the next big investor in outsourcing.

And the skills topping CIO wish lists? Most in demand are Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003 administrators, followed by network administration and database management specialists. You can go here for more details and full survey results with charts.

Not sure now's a good time to dust off the resumé? You might want to check out these tips from career experts at Challenger, Gray & Christmas and Monster.com on when to start looking for another job. Their biggest tip could be to wake up and look around. You shouldn't wait until you're miserable to start job hunting, they note, and should really reassess your current situation and career goals annually. And finding a better job doesn't have to mean leaving a company you like. While you are at it, why not check out your salary and make sure you're getting the going rate. For good measure, you could contribute to this year's salary survey to keep the tool's usefulness up to date. And for that, we thank you, and your peers thank you!

Patricia Keefe
pkeefe@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

FAA May Ditch Microsoft's Windows Vista And Office For Google And Linux Combo
FAA chief information officer David Bowen said he's taking a close look at the Premier Edition of Google Apps as he mulls replacements for the agency's Windows XP-based desktop computers and laptops.

Related Stories:

InformationWeek's Windows Vista Roundtable, Part Four
IT pros debate the technical pluses and minuses of the new operating system. Plus: The released version is much, much better than the beta. Minus: lingering driver issues. Also: Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Apple's New iTunes Update Fails To Fix Windows Vista Problems
Apple said the iTunes 7.1 software fixes a number of unspecified Windows Vista compatibility issues but leaves several potentially major problems unresolved.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft To Blast Google For Its Copyright Policy
Microsoft is set to launch a blistering attack on rival Google for what the software maker argues is the Web search leader's "cavalier" approach to copyright protection.

Is The Google Phone Its Next Supersecret Project?
Insiders believe Google is planning to build distribution relationships with multiple carriers to help develop voice and data services.

Feds Investigating Wal-Mart Tech Who Was Fired For Spying
The systems technician was fired for intercepting text messages and recording telephone conversations without authorization.

Want To Buy Some Cool New Stuff From Microsoft? Not This Stuff, Not Yet
Microsoft Research's TechFest featured 50 public demonstrations of things that might eventually make their way into products.

Microsoft Threatened To Kill Mac Office To Gain Infamous 1997 Apple Deal, E-Mails Reveal
The coercion was revealed in court records as part of an Iowa antitrust case.

Centralized Identity Management Can Help Curb The Insider Threat
More than 64% of the 627 IT pros surveyed by Ponemon say their companies use identity and access management technology, but few respondents have centralized systems.

Manual Processes Leave Businesses Open To Insider Threats, Study Says
Almost 60% of respondents say their companies are unable to effectively focus an identity and access management system on areas of the greatest business risk.

How To Set Up A Secure Home Network
We'll walk you through the details of installing and securing a wired and Wi-Fi local area network, which can connect four to eight people in a 600-square-foot workspace.

Red Hat To Produce Open Source Tools With Ajax Partner
One project will more closely integrate Java, with its many platform APIs and complications, with the simpler world of scripting languages and browser interactions with end users.

Intel Introduces Its First RFID Chip
The move by the world's largest chipmaker lends credibility to the fledgling technology.

Has Social Networking Gone Too Far?
Critics suggest USA Today's redesign and Cisco's acquisition of Utah Street Networks means we're either building a thriving social network or a forum ghost town.

User Forgetfulness Leading Cause For Help Desk Calls
Can't remember your password? Well, you're certainly not alone, according to a new study.

Image Gallery: Sun's Data Center On Wheels Rolls Into Manhattan
Once it's in full production, customers will be able to order directly from Sun their own shipping container and select from a mix of servers, storage devices, and networking and communications gear.

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Who wouldn't be interested in a technology that allows your company to become more agile, to service customers better, to increase agility? That's the promise of a service-oriented architecture, and plenty of innovative companies are reaping the benefits. So why are some CIOs resistant? Join InformationWeek executive editor Stephanie Stahl in a discussion with the experts on the benefits, myths, and challenges surrounding SOA. Find out why James McGovern, chief security architect at The Hartford, thinks SOA is part of the IT organization's fiduciary duty; why Bruce Richardson, chief research officer at AMR Research, thinks CIOs are ready to strangle their ERP vendors; and why InformationWeek editor-in-chief Rob Preston urges business-technology executives to stop hiding in their silos.

Salary Survey: Your Chance To Weigh In!
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CIO Agenda: IT Culture
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4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
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Journal Report Confirms Rumors That Palm Is Up For Sale
Last week rumors broke that Palm is looking for a buyer. In the Wall Street Journal those rumors were confirmed by a report.

Many Mobile Gamers Are Young Professional Women
It looks like all those smartphone users out there are doing more than just sending e-mail. According to a new study by researcher Telephia, young professionals make up 40% of mobile phone game players. That means many of you know about Jamdat Bowling 2.

WebEx Lets You Access Your PC Through Your Mobile Phone
Everyone probably knows how frustrating it is to be stuck out of the office without access to a vital file that's sitting on your home or work PC. It's even more frustrating when you're on the go and there's no way to dial into your company's VPN. A new partnership between WebEx and SoonR will allow you to use your mobile phone's browser to get into your PC remotely.


5. White Papers

Meeting The Demands Of Business-Critical Applications With Next-Generation Networks
Meeting the demands of business-critical applications that run over next generation networks, such as voice, requires application service management tools to proactively identify and rapidly resolve application performance degradation before users and business processes are seriously impacted. Read this white paper to learn more.


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