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
- 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
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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
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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.
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CIO Agenda: IT Culture
Learn what more than 150 CIOs and VPs said about their companies' IT culture in this recent InformationWeek Research report, CIO Agenda: IT Culture. Use this report to evaluate your IT organization's culture and examine how you might become more aggressive in your quest for innovation.
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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