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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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