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IT Managers Appear To Be Everywhere

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: IT Managers Appear To Be Everywhere
2. Today's Top Story
    - Intel Ships Dual-Core, 64-Bit CPU For Notebooks
3. Breaking News
    - Japan Orders Apple To Investigate Flaming Laptops
    - Fraudsters Jump On 'Ernesto' Domain Names
    - Brief: Google CEO Joins Apple Board
    - Wi-Fi Alliance Breaks Ranks On 802.11n Testing
    - Intel's New Tulsa Chip Bolsters Fight With AMD
    - Revamped AOL Unveils Web-Based Music Store
    - Oracle Upgrades PeopleSoft Toolkit
    - Parents Send Kids Back To School With Cell Phones
    - Oracle Updates Free APEX Application Express Tool
    - Intel Exec To Head CIA's Investment Arm
    - SpiralFrog, Universal In Free Music Download Deal
    - Hypergrowth Web Era Gives Way To Media Deal-Making
4. Grab Bag
    - The Sleazy Life And Nasty Death Of Russia's Spam King (Wired)
    - Why Proprietary Software Is Dangerous For Business-Critical Applications (NewsForge)
    - How To Protect Your Privacy When Running Online Searches (Lifehacker)
5. In Depth
    - Amazon Posts Vista Prices, Claims Jan. 30 Delivery
    - Microsoft Doles Out 100,000 Copies Of Vista Pre-RC1
    - Microsoft To Test Windows Live Bundle
    - Microsoft Offers Unlimited Support For Legacy Products
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Getting Smart About Smart Phones
7. White Papers
    - The Remote Access Imperative In Disaster Recovery
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work." -- Peter Drucker


1. Editor's Note: IT Managers Appear To Be Everywhere

Look around your IT department. Doesn't it seem that every other person is a manager? That feeling isn't too far-fetched. The number of IT managers in recent years is way up. In mid-2006, the government classified 390,000 IT professionals in the United States as managers, up 119,000, or 44%, from mid-2001.

At midyear, 11.2% of employed U.S. IT pros were managers, up from 7.8% in mid-2001, according to an InformationWeek analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Why the shift? I have a few theories:

  • The reliance on packaged software and offshore outsourcing means there's less of a need for companies to employ programmers and systems analysts, but the need to coordinate the use of packaged wares within an organization requires supervision.

  • The Internet changed how we deal with business partners, whether contracted outsourcers, vendors and suppliers on the supply chain, or joint-venture partners. Tech-savvy pros are needed to help manage those relationships.

  • IT is woven into the fabric of every inch of the enterprise, and an IT manager is needed to help coordinate the collaboration among a company's units. An example of this: The use of IT-knowledgeable project managers are on the rise.

  • Certain IT skills are rare, and those holding them demand big bucks. In some companies, top pay goes only to managers. Some highly skilled IT staffers, with no supervisory responsibility, are designated managers to get the high salary.

What do you think? Are there other reasons for the growth in IT managers?

Also, are you one of these new IT managers? If so, I'd like to hear from you. I'm writing a story explaining this trend in new managers and am looking for people to be profiled in the story. E-mail me or leave a message on the InformationWeek Weblog.

Eric Chabrow
echabrow@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Intel Ships Dual-Core, 64-Bit CPU For Notebooks
Merom offers about 20% more performance than Intel's existing dual-core notebook chip, called Yonah, without requiring more battery power.


3. Breaking News

Japan Orders Apple To Investigate Flaming Laptops
The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry ordered Apple's Japan branch to look into troubles with Sony batteries, the same issue it demanded Dell to examine last week.

Fraudsters Jump On 'Ernesto' Domain Names
A security firm thinks possible fraudsters have been busy registering domains with the name "Ernesto," hoping to cash in on another Katrina-style disaster.

Brief: Google CEO Joins Apple Board
Eric Schmidt brings a deep resume in the tech industry. He was formerly CEO of Novell and CTO of Sun.

Wi-Fi Alliance Breaks Ranks On 802.11n Testing
The decision to speed up the testing process for 802.11n specification equipment was made because of expected delays in the IEEE's ratification process.

Intel's New Tulsa Chip Bolsters Fight With AMD
Major server manufacturers Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM all announced new systems based on Tulsa.

Revamped AOL Unveils Web-Based Music Store
AOL Music Now is open to any online visitor—unlike previous offerings from the company, which were available only to AOL subscribers—and features more than 2.5 million songs and videos.

Oracle Upgrades PeopleSoft Toolkit
New features include those for enterprise planning and compliance management, as well as the introduction of reporting and analysis tailored to colleges and universities.

Parents Send Kids Back To School With Cell Phones
Although the phones are off-limits during school hours, more children are showing up with the devices, creating a new challenge for educators.

Oracle Updates Free APEX Application Express Tool
While noting the improvements aren't "earth-shattering," the company cited as one major update the ability to allow all the files needed to run an application to be distributed in a bundled package and installed through a wizard interface.

Intel Exec To Head CIA's Investment Arm
Christopher Darby, who was a vice president and general manager of Intel's Middleware Products Division, will become In-Q-Tel's new president and CEO as of Sept. 18.

SpiralFrog, Universal In Free Music Download Deal
The new advertising-supported service, due to launch later this year, will offer Universal's music catalog for free, legal downloading.

Hypergrowth Web Era Gives Way To Media Deal-Making
The eBay-Google linkup announced yesterday is just the latest in a long string of media partnerships. Here are the highlights of the past year.

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4. Grab Bag

The Sleazy Life And Nasty Death Of Russia's Spam King (Wired)
He withheld pay from employees, boasted of his sexual adventures, enraged government officials, and flooded Russia with 25 million e-mails a day. Then one morning, Vardan Kushnir's mother found his bloodied body on the bathroom floor, skull bashed in.

Why Proprietary Software Is Dangerous For Business-Critical Applications (NewsForge)
Robin "Roblimo" Miller writes about a friend who works at an online retail business. A server at the friend's business starts showing signs of failure, so he wants to install his credit-card processing software on a new server. But the company that owns the software won't let him—even though he's a licensed user.

How To Protect Your Privacy When Running Online Searches (Lifehacker)
AOL's recent "doh!" release of more than 500K user search records has prompted many people to examine their search methods. While no one approach is absolutely foolproof, using a combination of commonsense searching strategies will make it harder for engines (or anyone else) to put together a detailed profile of you.


5. In Depth

Amazon Posts Vista Prices, Claims Jan. 30 Delivery
Upgrade prices for Vista will range from $99.95 for a Home Basic version to $259 for the Ultimate. Amazon says it got the prices from Microsoft.

Microsoft Doles Out 100,000 Copies Of Vista Pre-RC1
The company said it was making the software available for a limited time in order to get feedback from testers to help identify and track issues before RC1 is designated for release.

Microsoft To Test Windows Live Bundle
Bloggers report that beta testers are being solicited for Windows Live Essentials, Microsoft's answer to Google's Pack.

Microsoft Offers Unlimited Support For Legacy Products
New contracts can extend service for as long as the customer needs it—but not all products will be covered, Microsoft says.


6. Voice Of Authority

Getting Smart About Smart Phones
Elena Malykhina says: With the number of enterprise mobile data users expected to grow to 269 million by 2010, as forecasted by research firm Yankee Group, businesspeople will need reliable and functional mobile devices that can serve up everything they need while traveling. For this reason, smart phones are growing in popularity because they offer a choice of mobile operating systems and the types of applications they can support. Read on and take a poll to tell us which smart phones are most popular at your company.


7. White Papers

The Remote Access Imperative In Disaster Recovery
As organizations prepare a disaster recovery plan, it's important to include remote access as a fundamental part of the disaster recovery infrastructure. This document explores best practices for disaster recovery and the role of SSL VPNs in that process.


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