Is Your IT Job Safe? - Networking Skills

 
 
By Deb Perelman  |  Posted 2008-01-28
 
 
 

Is Your IT Job Safe?

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Is Your IT Job Safe?

Is Your IT Job Safe? - Networking Skills

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As the IT department has become increasingly responsible for supporting a remote workforce through BlackBerrys, Treos and other smart phones, the need for networking skills has become non-negotiable.

"Networking skills had been No. 2 in previous hiring index results and recently took over top position-

Is Your IT Job Safe? - Networking Skills

Is Your IT Job Safe? - Business-Facing Roles

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Even in a recession, companies need to grow and keep their customers happy, said Jim Lanzalotto, vice president of strategy and marketing for Yoh Services, a talent and outsourcing company. Project roles related to customers and company growth are "less susceptible to recession angst," he said.

"We're projecting even higher IT requirements in meeting business priorities. We're seeing much more effort around IT/business projects and less around operations."

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Is Your IT Job Safe? - Business-Facing Roles

Is Your IT Job Safe? - Quality Assurance Testing

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Companies cannot afford to put out faulty products.

"As we continue to develop more and more products, they have to be tested. There was no bigger scare than Y2K, [and that showed] problems that can come up when there is oversight."

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Is Your IT Job Safe? - Quality Assurance Testing

Is Your IT Job Safe? - IT Security Specialists

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Ensuring IT security is non-negotiable in enterprises. IT security is "not just a nice-to-have technology, but one that is mission critical," said Yoh Services' Lanzalotto.

"Companies-

Is Your IT Job Safe? - IT Security Specialists

Is Your IT Job Safe? - Consultants

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On the one hand, consultants could be brought in to fill gaps if full-time employees are laid off. But Forrester vice president and principal analyst Andrew Bartels warns that CIOs are very reluctant to cut full-time staff-

Is Your IT Job Safe? - Consultants

Is Your IT Job Safe? - Legacy Programmers

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A recession could be just what it takes to get enterprises to expedite plans to move past systems that cost too much for what they are delivering.

"It is fairly clear to us that those that are the most vulnerable are involved in upgrading or maintaining assets that are beyond their period of depreciation, such as legacy systems."

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Is Your IT Job Safe? - Legacy Programmers

Is Your IT Job Safe? - System Administrators

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Virtualization may put many systems administrators out of work in the long run, but a recession could speed this process up.

"Virtualization and other software management technologies will help reduce the number of people who need to man the machine."

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Is Your IT Job Safe? - System Administrators

Is Your IT Job Safe? - IT Managers

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What will put any IT manager's neck on the line is redundancies, as these are the first things companies cut when they have to scale back their spending.

"[Companies are] not going to have two or three individuals doing a job if they can avoid it. They're going to want to reduce overlap and redundancy-

Is Your IT Job Safe? - IT Managers

Is Your IT Job Safe? - Help Desk

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CIOs will look to positions that have historically been deemed offshore-able.

"[CIOs will] be asking, can we outsource? Can we get it for a lower cost? With so much help and support services being offshored, there is a lot of risk in these roles."

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Is Your IT Job Safe? - Help Desk

Is Your IT Job Safe? - You

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Don't fall within any of the categories above? Multifaceted, skilled pros-

Is Your IT Job Safe? - You

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