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In case my recent post about the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3011.html"]stress levels of IT workers[/URL] made you want to start looking for a new job, the least I can do is offer you some tips. Here are three things you need to do right now: [B]Get a sense of the market[/B] - Make sure you have your finger on the pulse of the IT industry, especially if you haven't been job-hunting in many years. You'd be surprised at how much things have changed. CIO.com took a look recently at [URL="http://www.cio.com/article/444626/_Secure_IT_Jobs_"]16 jobs in IT[/URL] that aren't going away anytime soon. From information security experts …

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Is there a stimulus package on the way for those who use Linux and Open Source Software? You bet there is but it might not come from where you'd expect. Too many wasted stimulus dollars have already rained down upon those who wasted their own money but this time it'll be different. Sure, it will. I hear you. But this time it will be different. Let's say for a moment that Vivek Kundra, the new Federal CIO and Open Source Software proponent, manages to shake this whole FBI investigation and bribery scandal that is taking place in his former office …

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An new [URL="http://www.deloitte.com/dtt/press_release/0,1014,sid%253D2834%2526cid%253D237066,00.html"]study[/URL] by London-based Deloitte and the Cranfield School of Management validates what CIOs have known all along: "You're out of the loop, and when we want your opinion we'll tell you what it is." CIOs are caught in a tough situation right now. Technology is emerging at a lightening pace and many business owners think early adoption is the key to getting a leg up on the competition. CIOs are charged with deploying everything from virtualization green IT solutions despite shrinking budgets and downsized staff. Unfortunately, when something goes wrong, the ax falls on the neck of the …

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I'm sure this will come as a total shock to you, but a [URL="http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2008/10/20/daily54.html"]recent survey[/URL] by IT consulting firm Robert Half Technology has identified what causes CIOs the most stress. Too much work. Really? To discover this fun fact, researchers interviewed the CIOs of over 1,400 medium- to large businesses based in the U.S. More than 36% said they're stressed out because they simply have too much to do. Frankly, I'm surprised the number was that low. Also on the Best Stressed List was the evolution of technology (22%), office politics (18%), and balancing work/life issues (11%). As companies hemorrhage …

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NASA is looking for organizations to become members of its CIO Executive Board, which serves under the Corporate Executive Board. Now that's a job I can get behind. According to the [URL="http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=29280"]official solicitation[/URL], "The membership includes unlimited accesses to proprietary council research for staff designated by the member CIO; a series of Annual Executive Retreats offering a unique opportunity for CIO's to interact with other Council principals; on site presentation of research of the most progressive IT departments; customized to the Council member's organizational requirements. " The whole idea of IT at NASA just boggles my mind. I mean, how …

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A couple of weeks ago, [URL="http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2008/07/whos_the_boss.html"]InformationWeek[/URL] ran an interesting piece reporting on a Forrester Research survey. The crux of the survey is that CIOs tend to report to a lot of different people, including CEOs, CFOs, COOs and heads of business units. It’s interesting that the chain of command differs according to the industry of the organization. In business services, for instance, 46 percent of CIOs report to the CEO. That percentage is down to 37 percent in financial service and 35 percent in manufacturing. Though the numbers are interesting, the conclusion – that CIOs report to a bunch of …

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This is the first post in my new series called Crystal Ball Sunday. These Sunday posts are where I take out my Linux, and related technology, crystal ball and give you my predictions for the coming months. This week I am focusing on corporate conversion to Linux. I foresee companies starting to take a serious look at Linux for their corporate server and desktop infrastructures. As our economy slides quietly into recession, corporate check writers are going to engage to CIOs and technical managers to find ways to lower costs for power, cooling, software, and hardware. Turning to Linux will …

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IT is going through a period of great change, a transition which will see organisations shift focus dramatically from technology to business processes and relationships. That's what Gartner Research Vice-President John Mahoney has told DaniWeb. He warns that by no later than 2010 as many as 50 percent of IT organisations will be refocussing on brokering services and shaping business demand, instead of delivering IT services directly. This is a huge leap from the 5 percent figure reported by Gartner in 2004. Such a fundamental change in focus will inevitably drive new styles of IT organisations and new roles for …

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