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Is It Getting Harder To Keep Good IT People?

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Is It Getting Harder To Keep Good IT People?
2. Today's Top Story
    - IM Networks Under Daily Attack
    Related Stories:
    - Cisco Upgrades Nation's Primary Law-Enforcement Network
    - Soldiers In Iraq Notified Of Possible Identity Theft
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft Promises Better Server Integration
    - Google To Build Massive Facility On NASA Property
    - GE Snags Homeland Security Privacy Chief
    - Motorola Exec To Congress: Improve Communications
    - Firefox Momentum Slows
    - IBM To Help Companies Cope With Aging Workforces
    - eDonkey Converts To 'Legal' File Sharing
    - IBM Offers Fast SAN
    - Internet Pioneer Andreessen Joins Zend Technologies
    - Microsoft's Gates, Ballmer Get Raises
    - Rollyo Lets You Roll Your Own Searches
    - Korean Firm Claims Most Advanced Fuel Cell
4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews
5. Voice Of Authority: Linux 1.0, The Start Of Something Big
6. White Papers: E-Policy Best Practices
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Is It Getting Harder To Keep Good IT People?

From what I've been hearing from some IT employers and IT workers alike, it sounds like the tech job market has finally improved enough that people who are interested in changing jobs (for more money, better work environment, more challenges, etc.) actually have more and better options to do that now.

And that means companies that want to retain key tech people could begin finding it more difficult to hold onto them. As the baby boomers begin retiring over the next several years, some pundits are expecting an exodus of people who not only have solid tech skills, but also years of industry experience and business know-how. Is your company trying to talk any of those people into delaying their retirement? Are you getting a little bit nervous about who's going to fill that gap?

And what about the always-needed-IT-talent, like security pros? Is it getting harder to keep these people lately? What other IT talent is your company trying to keep -- or afraid of losing? And what are you doing to keep them? Are you stuffing more money into pay envelopes? Are you thinking about bringing back any of the perks that had been shelved since the dot-com boom? (Whatever happened to that air hockey game table, anyhow?)

If you're finding it tougher to retain IT talent, I'd like to hear about it. And if you're an IT pro who's looking at greener pastures, I'd like to hear about that, too. You can E-mail me at MMcgee@cmp.com or go to my blog and post your comments. In addition, you can share your opinions further by taking our survey on this issue. Thank you for your input!

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
MMcgee@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

IM Networks Under Daily Attack
This quarter has brought new parent worms, and September has seen the highest number of IM attacks ever, according to security vendor Akonix.

Related Stories: Security
Cisco Upgrades Nation's Primary Law-Enforcement Network

Moving from a frame relay infrastructure to IP will help the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System exceed existing FBI security requirements, the vendor claims.

Soldiers In Iraq Notified Of Possible Identity Theft
Hard drives stolen from an Army base in Colorado include personnel records of about 15,000 active-duty soldiers.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft Promises Better Server Integration
Commerce and BizTalk Server 2006 will integrate well, a Microsoft exec promises, but how Content Management ties in remains hazy.

Google To Build Massive Facility On NASA Property
The company and government agency will work together to develop data management and computing tools, and to promote entrepreneurial initiatives in outer space.

GE Snags Homeland Security Privacy Chief
Hiring of Nuala O'Connor Kelly could signal GE's intent to make privacy a competitive differentiator.

Motorola Exec To Congress: Improve Communications
Recommendations included making 700 MHz of spectrum available for emergency communications and the use of a network based on the Project 25 standard for first responders.

Firefox Momentum Slows
Firefox gained one percentage point of market share in five months, compared with the one-point-per-month gains after its release a year ago.

IBM To Help Companies Cope With Aging Workforces
IBM's consulting services will help companies cope with the problems caused by having massive numbers of Baby Boom employees retiring.

eDonkey Converts To 'Legal' File Sharing
The firm's CEO said that pressure from the recording industry prompted the change, and also said that many future peer-to-peer startups will be forced to locate outside the U.S. because of the legal pressures.

IBM Offers Fast SAN
The company is touting it as the industry's first "fully enabled" 4-gigabit-per-second storage-area network, with switch modules available in 10-port or 20-port sizes.

Internet Pioneer Andreessen Joins Zend Technologies
Zend sells PHP, a scripting language used for Web development.

Microsoft's Gates, Ballmer Get Raises
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, the world's richest man, is worth $51 billion. CEO Ballmer is worth a paltry $14 billion.

Rollyo Lets You Roll Your Own Searches
Rollyo.com lets users constrain searches to lists of specific sites, to help limit clutter.

Korean Firm Claims Most Advanced Fuel Cell
The methanol-powered, portable cell lasts for more than 4,000 hours--eight times longer than competitive products, according to the manufacturer.

All our latest news

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Also in today's episode:

John Soat with "Technology Pennant Race" in the current episode of "The News Show."

Bruce Broadman with "BSM's 900-pound Gorilla"

Elena Malykhina with "Roam"

Stephanie Stahl with "Oracle's Plate"


----- The latest research, polls, and tools -----

Hard To Find Good IT Help?
Is your company experiencing a shortage of IT professionals? Is it becoming more challenging to retain skilled IT workers? Share your opinions on IT retention with the editors of InformationWeek. The results of this quick survey will be used in an upcoming feature story.

New Perspective
Looking for a new perspective? One-third of companies hire consultants to provide a new perspective. Compare your company's consulting initiatives against the practices of 360 of its peers in Boom Time for Consultants, an Optimize executive research report.

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4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews

Review: Three Wi-Fi Security Providers
The services allow small and medium-sized businesses to secure wireless LANs using consumer-grade wireless access points. Are they any good?

Review: iSCSI Modular SANs Are Ready For Liftoff
iSCSI accounts for only 2% of the SAN market, but its low cost and ease of use are positioning it for growth. Network Computing examined four iSCSI modular SANs; its Editor's Choice ran circles around the competition.

Review: Dell's Next-Gen Windows Mobile PDA Is Persistently Better
Dell's new Axim X51v uses the newly updated Windows Mobile 5.0 platform to create a highly usable, more convenient, and more powerful PDA.

ZyXEL Wi-Fi Finder And Adapter Provide Two Functions In One, At A Great Price
This handy two-in-one device locates wireless networks, provides lots of information about them and enables you to connect easily.

Review: A Do-It-All Remote Control Device
The Logitech Harmony 880 Super Remote -- at a cost of $249 -- will handle all of the items in your entertainment center.

Review: TiVo In Your Pocket
TiVoToGo lets you move your recorded TV programs to your Windows mobile device. It's slow, but it does the job.


5. Voice Of Authority

Linux 1.0, The Start Of Something Big
Linux has come a long way since the first kernel was released by Linus Torvalds in 1991. Few businesspeople had ever heard of it, and early adopters had to do some of the software assembly themselves to get a full-blown operating system. Now that Linux and other parts of the open-source stack are serving a vital role in the IT operations of big companies, it got John Foley to thinking about the early days of Linux.


6. White Papers

E-Policy Best Practices: A Business Guide To Compliant & Secure Internet, Instant Messaging, Peer-to-Peer, And E-Mail Communications
The ePolicy Institute and St. Bernard Software have created this business guide to provide best-practices guidelines for developing and implementing effective workplace E-policies while creating clean and compliant, safe and secure electronic communications that are less likely to trigger a workplace lawsuit, regulatory investigation, or security breach.


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