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By eweek  |  Posted 2007-11-16
 
 
 

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

10 Things IT Pros Should Be Thankful For

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Personnel Shortages

With 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 Regulations

Yes, 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 Dollar

When 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 Provisioning

EMC 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 Servers

With 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 Google

As 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 Processors

More 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 Phones

As 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-Packard

Once seemingly headed the way of DEC, a resurgent HP balances out the hardware universe alongside Dell and IBM.

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Managed Services

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

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