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IT budgets caught between a rock and a hard place

In recent months, talk of the IT job market has tended to focus on highly-skilled workers and the equally high salaries that they’re going to command in 2007. What we haven’t heard much of is how that’s going to effect the IT budget and, by proxy, the rest of us. It seems that CIOs are going to be in a tough spot this year: they’ll be forced to pay up in order to hire on star talent while …

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IT job market will continue to grow in 2007

After a few solid years of growth, predictions have been all over the map for the IT job market in 2007. IT professionals are nervous, CIOs are optimistic and analysts can’t seem to agree. Here’s what I think: the job market will only continue to grow in 2007. After all, the security needs of major companies continue to increase and as more business processes go online (and in some cases, mobile) more hands will be needed on deck on the IT ship. What’s more, the release of Vista could …

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IT job market: IT Pros wary; CIOs optimistic

The funny thing about studies is that for every study out there, you can probably find one that proves the exact opposite. Just yesterday, we reported that the majority of IT professionals fear that the “bubble” in the IT job market will soon burst. Today, however, we have news of a contrary nature: it appears that CIOs–the folks who do most of the hiring–anticipate that they’ll hire more new talent in 2007 …

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Go green with IT: save the planet and your budget

Let’s face the facts: IT is a power hog. Even an environment with just a few desktops and servers can draw large amounts of power if not properly managed. If recent research from Intel is to be believed, a staggering eighty percent of businesses have never conducted an energy audit and only 29 percent of businesses are investing in energy-efficient hardware. So what’s keeping IT from reducing power consumption? According to Daniel Fliescher, a senior research analyst at IDC, it may be the …

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Publisher’s Note

As you know, information technology is transforming the healthcare industry and swallowing more and more healthcare spending — $40 billion by 2008. To help hospital CIOs and healthcare administrators maximize ROI on their IT investments, FierceMarkets today launched a new newsletter called

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SPOTLIGHT: Dazed and confused: Data law disarray


Is a missing tape (or hard disk or portable memory key) just misplaced or mislabeled–or is it stolen? Was a hack just a harmless script kiddie or someone taking invaluable data? Whose rules should CIOs obey in which circumstances? Perhaps we need an new perspective so that IT shops and customers know what to expect when the unexpected happens. Op-Ed

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Sun pushes eco-friendly tech with SWaP metric

Last month, Sun Microsystems announced its new metric for assessing IT environmental factors. They call it SWaP, standing for “Space, wattage and performance.” The idea is to help everyone from accountants to CIOs to the IT rank-and-file determine the real-world cost of adding, removing or reconfiguring data center gear. Industry analysts have mixed reactions, with some saying it’s a step forward and others asserting it’s got too many variables to be truly helpful.

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Tags: Sun Microsystems   Merger   CIOs   Apple  

ALSO NOTED: Sun CTO: Microprocessors about to die; CIOs: IT services key to globalization; Dems release tech agenda; and much m

> Sun CTO: Microprocessors about to die. Article

> CIOs: IT services key to globalization. Article

> Democrats release technology agenda. Article

> AMD expedites quad-core road map. …

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C&L: Nortel names new CEO

Bob Young, a co-founder of Red Hat, resigned from its board of directors. He now plans to focus on a dot-com firm in the publishing field.

Nortel hired Mike Zafirovski to replace outgoing CEO Bill Owens. Owens only had the job for 18 months and much of his staff left as well.

Ward Cunningham, …

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ALSO NOTED: Study: Concurrent-user licenses preferred; IBM, Novell make Linux blade bundle; F5 puts security into app switches;

> Study: Concurrent-user licenses preferred. Article

> IBM, Novell make Linux blade bundle. Article

> F5 puts security into application switches. Article

> Are hard disks in the autumn years? …

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Tags: Novell   Linux   CIOs   Blade Servers  

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