10 Things IT Pros Should Be Thankful For

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10 Things IT Pros Should Be Thankful For

During this time for giving thanks, here are 10 things IT professionals should be grateful for.By Michael Vizard

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10 Things IT Pros Should Be Thankful For - 1.

Personnel ShortagesWith IT organizations across the country short-handed, the laws of supply and demand are working in favor of IT workers.

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More RegulationsYes, regulations can lead to a lot of busy work, but they also have a knack for keeping the minds of business executives wrapped around IT issues.

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The Decline of the DollarWhen it comes to offshore development work, the decline in the value of the dollar makes it a little tougher for companies located outside the United States to compete.

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Thin ProvisioningEMC and IBM may be slow to the table on this front, but with Dell buying EqualLogic, IT shops should expect to hear a lot more about saving money using this form of storage virtualization.

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New Provisioning Tools for Virtual ServersWith more potential virtual servers to manage than you can shake a stick at, a raft of new management tools should arrive just in time to avert total chaos.

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The Rise of GoogleAs a force within the enterprise, Google is, at best, nascent. But the company's mere existence does serve as a nice balance against Microsoft, which, for inexplicable reasons, seems a lot more flexible these days.

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Multicore ProcessorsMore application stacks per machine makes it easier to manage more software across fewer machines. That's kind of critical when you're short-handed as it is.

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Smart PhonesAs more businesspeople rely on smart phones to access e-mail on the road, there should be fewer calls to the help desk about issues related to notebook PCs.

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The Return of Hewlett-PackardOnce seemingly headed the way of DEC, a resurgent HP balances out the hardware universe alongside Dell and IBM.

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Managed ServicesIT services companies are increasingly delivering the right remote options at the right time to augment overworked and understaffed IT departments.

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