As a hands-on IT worker, I don't think my job could be outsourced, although the brief on how the 65,000 cap for H-1B visas had already been hit for 2005 makes me wonder ("Cap On H-1B Visas Quota Reached," Oct. 18, 2004).
I've always been of the mind that sending American jobs overseas was somehow an act of treason, but I'm not a Fortune 500 VP, CFO, or CIO. I can still remember when Made In Japan applied to cheap toys, Commies lived in Russia, and India was an exotic, far-away place that made lots of rattan furniture and copper knickknacks.
Network Analyst, California State University Long Beach
No Problems With Upgrade
I've installed SP2 on all three of my machines and experienced no problems ("Windows XP Service Pack 2: Is It Time Yet?" Oct. 19, 2004). Without realizing I was going through the checklist, I did all the steps except No. 4.
I left Norton Internet Security running. As the install was wrapping up, it gave me a message box that indicated that Windows saw Norton was active and offered to replace it. I chose no.
Lead Programmer, American National Insurance, La Marque, Texas
I enjoyed Herbert W. Lovelace's article on outsourcing, particularly his comments about using technology as a tool rather than the solution ("Outsourcing Isn't Always The Answer," Oct. 4, 2004). I see many instances where technology and automation aren't utilized correctly. Automation is used to enhance a job and make an employee more productive, not do away with the employee completely.
Information Assurance Manager, Defense Information Systems Agency, Ogden, Utah
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Infographic: The State of DevOps in 2017Is DevOps helping organizations reduce costs and time-to-market for software releases? What's getting in the way of DevOps adoption? Find out in this InformationWeek and Interop ITX infographic on the state of DevOps in 2017.
IT Strategies to Conquer the CloudChances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.