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The US tech industry is recovering from the down economy, and spending is increasing

The US economy clearly isn’t out of the woods quite yet, but the technology industry is rebounding nicely as consumer electronics sales, enterprise spending, and IT investments are on the rise.

As the tech industry recovers from the down economy, there are new job opportunities opening up – and a growing need for new computers, servers, and IT services.  The current economic recovery process has proven to be more forgiving, with the tech sector improving from 4.4 percent unemployment in Q1 2011 down to only 3.3 percent in Q4 2012.
Companies tend to have a love-hate relationship with the IT world, as a constantly evolving tech market can be sometimes difficult to navigate.  Internal corporate IT departments are often underfunded and over worked, while executives also can be hesitant to recruit a third-party IT firm to lend a hand.
During the dot-com boom, companies seemingly weren’t able to hire workers fast enough – until the market crashed, leaving everyone from C-level executives all the way to administrative assistants unemployed.  Since that time, there have been a number of technological breakthroughs, and the success carriers over to today’s generation of product and service development.
The adoption of cloud computing and mobile technology has drastically complicated the computer landscape, with cost, stability issues and security problems critical for proper day-to-day operations.

Here is what Dan Sanguinetti, President of IT specialist firm PC Professional, said in a statement:
“The IT industry has transformed the delivery of applications to the business community through the use of cloud computing.  The concerns uncovered by the IT community include the need to contain IT costs, better control the migration to new versions of software, and provide access from an assortment of devices – it has ushered in the use of the cloud to improve productivity.  Cloud offerings have helped evolve services to a world of increased reliance of remote access to patch file servers, remote access problems with the workstations, tablets or smartphones, along with the migration of data for backup and offsite storage.”
As companies continue to evolve their business strategies, it’s interesting to note IT departments are now better suited to offer robust data disaster recovery programs.  The addition of cloud computing adds a unique twist, making the technology look extremely appealing, but there are plenty of potential issues that will need to be addressed in the near future.
It’s a brave new digital age out there, and it should be quite a ride…

Sources: FierceMobileIT, PC Professional, Data Center Journal

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IT industry is almost dead no recovery possible
By KOOLTIME on 2/20/2013 4:13:58 PM , Rating: 2

The cloud means consolidation = less people, less hardware = less jobs - so more unemployed.

Companies are looking for single or small groups at most to run the entire business, not hoards of people most IT folks have seen in the past. Everyone as seen in the news is down-scaling, less hardware so less jobs, less software designer's ( most dont have the upper skill abilities, companies want to run the dept with few persons ).

Most jobs are asking for jack-of-all-trades 1 person do to everything, unlike old days when each aspect of IT was broken up into a job form and person to fill the spot.

By Wildstar51 on 2/21/2013 7:33:25 PM , Rating: 2
As a hardware tech for 20+ years, I've noted that almost without fail, the so-called IT personnel I've had the displeasure to deal with were/are grossly under-qualified, overpaid and egotistical. I could ramble on for hours about the inabilities of these "in-house IT pros" who haven't even learned the most basic principles of diagnostic problem solving.

How many times would you try to build something only to have it fail every time, before someone, ANYONE, noticed that there was no foundation! I mean idiotic problems like wasting 4 days trying to remotely mount a missing RAID array only to discover that it was never connected in the first place. C'mon, even my grandma knows you gotta plug it in first!

The problem with the old ways, "every single step in the process requires a specialist" is too inefficient, costly and time consuming. Just ask General Motors. It took 4 different people to install a taillight. A sheet metal worker,(to install the light frame) an electrical worker, (to install the bulb) then a glazier, (to fit the lens), then back to an electrician (to plug it in). Now they're paying over $60,000/yr. to these people for the next 20 to 30 or more years in retirement wages and benefits. By their own numbers their cost for any new vehicle BEFORE it even hits the assembly line is over $6'000!

Same goes for all the "good old IT guys". I've saved the jobs of many of these geniuses with hours of over the phone walk-throughs of basic troubleshooting on systems I've never even seen. If somewhere in their education they would have received a short 6 week course, they would not need a 20 or 30 person IT staff to keep their systems up and running.
So, as far as needing qualified IT personnel, Yes we do, but please, no more of the 90 day wonders the system has tried to off on us for the past 20 years. One qualified IT pro is worth his/her weight in platinum, and a dozen non-qualified ones aren't worth a bucket of dirt.

By Ammohunt on 2/28/2013 2:14:57 PM , Rating: 2
TextMost jobs are asking for jack-of-all-trades 1 person do to everything

So what's stopping you from becoming that one person? I have worked in IT for 15 years as a systems administrator and i never once settle for a speciality. Windows, Unix, application administration and even a little development its your fault if you can't adapt with the changing times i don't have that problem; currently i am morphing into the guy who manages and designs cloud environments and not pining about the good old days of single flavor single technology admins like so many CNE's.

By KOOLTIME on 2/28/2013 3:57:44 PM , Rating: 2
The point being were are not talking about a few folks whom can adapt, we are talking about large quantity numbers of jobs across industry.

To many people think there job spot is ok, or they can adapt, but the larger community cannot, due to all the extended jobs lost when these events occur.

Look at what happened to mining town when the plant closed, not just the miners lost their jobs, the entire community that supported them also went under.

Support beyond a single job, is effecting every community, with all the downsizing.

Understand the available jobs currently is less then the number of unemployed.

Skill or not, if there is not space for a person to work and no place to go.

Skill has nothing to do with money, money greed always over ride skill.

Alot of companies have good skill folks working, but they still fail why with all that good skill ? Good skill means prosperity right ?? That's untrue, the extended jobs lost due to less resource usage, unfolds across and entire community suffers.

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