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What's Hot In IT Jobs

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: What's Hot In IT Jobs
2. Today's Top Story
    - First OpenOffice Macro Virus Appears
3. Breaking News
    - Trend Micro Gives Away Windows Vista Security Pack
    - Enterprises Should Ditch Skype: Gartner
    - Secure, Mobile E-Mail Bows For Shared PCs
    - Lenovo Debuts Subnotebooks For SMBs
    - Apple Starts Free Computer Recycling
    - AMD Live! Home Entertainment Platform Expanded With Services
    - Microsoft Taps New Office Chiefs
    - Five Low-Cost Web Site Analytics Services
    - Where The Jobs—And Bucks—Are In IT Now
    - Businesses Tap Into Social Networks, Blogs, Video Sharing
    - Lenovo Unveils Portable Widescreens
    - China Fighting For Its Wireless Standards Against Intel-Backed 802.11i
4. Grab Bag
    - Nintendo Looks To Bring In New Gamers (BetaNews)
    - Dell Launches XPS M2010 Laptop-Desktop Computer (Laptop Logic)
5. In Depth: Microsoft
    - Microsoft Adds Database Developer Software To Visual Studio Tools
    - Ballmer: Focus On Microsoft's Opportunities, Not Misfires
    - Microsoft Debuts Windows Live OneCare Security Service
    - Microsoft's Security Rivals Talk Up OneCare Killers
    - Trojan ID Thieves Pose As Microsoft Patches
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Do The Math: EU E-Mail Tax Doesn't Add Up
7. White Papers
    - Meeting The IT Change Management Challenge
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for—in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it." -- Ellen Goodman


1. Editor's Note: What's Hot In IT Jobs
Do you have technical expertise in automated inventory management, forecasting, or replenishment systems? If so, there's good news: You may just be one of the hottest commodities in the IT profession.

That's according to some new analysis of IT career trends from Robert Half Technology.

Half also finds that CIOs in the retail industry currently have the most bullish perspective on hiring IT professionals, so you may want to pay extra attention to retail openings when checking your various sources of job listings.

As for the technology-specific skills such retailers are seeking, there's strong demand for Windows administration, wireless administration, and data management professionals, among others.

One major conclusion we can draw from these findings is that it's great to have baseline technical skills in areas such as Windows and wireless, but it's also critical to populate your resume with projects and experiences involving systems that are specific to particular industries (i.e. inventory management) to keep yourself truly competitive and to ensure that you can capitalize on opportunities such as those presented by a thriving vertical industry.

Looking at the overall IT job market, starting salaries are expected to increase strongly in fields including IT auditing (11%) and lead applications developer (5.3%). If you're an IT newbie, these may be good places to start that job search.

These are just some data points that should help arm you with the knowledge you need to compete in a robust but highly competitive job market. As tech recruiter Katherine Lee Spencer advises, check in with a number of job boards, salary sites, and other sources to make sure you understand your value in the marketplace.

We've got just such a source of information in the newly launched TechCareers, the site that produced the Robert Half Technology interview cited above. In addition to current news and trend information, it's also got a huge job database that lets you seek out employment by state, city, or area code, as well as by industry and by company. You may have noticed we've begun to include a group of its job listings directly in this newsletter.

Because we think such information is so important to you, later this month we'll be launching a careers newsletter in partnership with TechCareers so that we can proactively send all the latest career insights directly to you. We'll let you know as soon as we're ready to start accepting subscribers.

Tom Smith
tsmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

First OpenOffice Macro Virus Appears
A virus that targets StarOffice and OpenOffice is out and about, multiple security companies said Wednesday.


3. Breaking News

Trend Micro Gives Away Windows Vista Security Pack
A Vista edition of Trend's PC-cillin anti-virus program is immediately available for download.

Enterprises Should Ditch Skype: Gartner
Because of the VoIP provider's recent security issues, Gartner is repeating its earlier advice that enterprises stay away from Skype entirely.

Secure, Mobile E-Mail Bows For Shared PCs
The new service, called MobilityEmail.net, uses a memory stick. No browser is used in accessing the e-mail service, so no information related to the user is left on the computer.

Lenovo Debuts Subnotebooks For SMBs
The V100 addition to the 3000 Series features a 12.1-inch screen, a built-in optical drive, 4.4 hours of battery life, and a weight of 4 pounds.

Apple Starts Free Computer Recycling
The company is offering to recycle customers' old machines, even non-Macs, and said all systems will be recycled domestically.

AMD Live! Home Entertainment Platform Expanded With Services
The collection of services and applications is designed to make it easier to view, record, manage, secure, and store TV programs, photos, music, and movies on Web-connected devices.

Microsoft Taps New Office Chiefs
Two executives—Kurt DelBene and Antoine Leblond—will divide Steven Sinofsky's old job as head of the Office team.

Five Low-Cost Web Site Analytics Services
If you want to understand what makes your site successful, you need to analyze its traffic patterns. These five packages let you do that at low (or no) cost.

Where The Jobs—And Bucks—Are In IT Now
Nearly 10% of CIOs are planning to add IT staff this quarter. The industry with the greatest optimism for IT hiring is retail, and CIOs there are spelling out key skills in demand. Among them: retail-specific apps and networking.

Businesses Tap Into Social Networks, Blogs, Video Sharing
Their interest is driven in part by the impact that blogs and social networking sites are having on consumer decisions and purchases.

Lenovo Unveils Portable Widescreens
The notebooks, targeted at SMBs, include integrated optical drives for watching movies, playing music, or installing software; new multimedia features; and 802.11 wireless LAN and 10/100 Ethernet on all models.

China Fights For Its Wireless Standard Against Intel-Backed 802.11i
Chinese officials say the approval process for a wireless security standard was unfairly stacked against its WAPI. It could be the start of more such disputes.

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4. Grab Bag

Nintendo Looks To Bring In New Gamers (BetaNews)
Continuing a strategy by the game maker to expand the video gaming market, Nintendo said Tuesday it was introducing a new brand to highlight games that are easy to play.

Dell Launches XPS M2010 Laptop-Desktop Computer (Laptop Logic)
The Dell XPS M2010 is a unique kind of computer that transforms from a desktop computer to a portable computer.


------- Now Hiring ----------------------
Technical Focus, Inc. seeking Database Administrator in Irving, TX

Eaton Coporation seeking Embedded Software System Architect in Milwakee, WI

Acentron Technologies seeking Data Center Manager in Columbia, SC

PairPoint Group seeking Application Architect in San Francisco, CA

JWT seeking Information Technology Analyst in New York, NY

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.

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5. In Depth: Microsoft

Microsoft Adds Database Developer Software To Visual Studio Tools
The new edition, slated for preview release next month, is supposed to bridge the gap between application developers and database developers.

Ballmer: Focus On Microsoft's Opportunities, Not Misfires
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, in a rare meeting with financial analysts Wednesday, offered few comments about the problems buffeting the company.

Microsoft Debuts Windows Live OneCare Security Service
The service is designed to guard against attacks and crashes. Microsoft faces stiff competition from established security companies Symantec, McAfee, and Trend Micro.

Microsoft's Security Rivals Talk Up OneCare Killers
McAfee is planning a summer launch for a multi-edition set of security subscriptions, while Symantec said it will release a beta version of its contender this summer, with the final release slated for March 2007.

Trojan ID Thieves Pose As Microsoft Patches
A pair of Trojans posing as Microsoft patches or updates is on the loose, security firms said Tuesday.


6. Voice Of Authority

Do The Math: EU E-Mail Tax Doesn't Add Up
Eric Hall says: Comes now that a French MEP is proposing a tax on SMS and e-mail messages as a way to partly supplement the European Union's general fund. Every time I hear one of these proposals, I have to wonder if people have even done the math on this stuff.


7. White Papers: Change Management

Meeting The IT Change Management Challenge
Discover the solutions that are available today to provide the foundation for effective IT change management and to vastly improve the efficiency of how IT services are delivered to your business.


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