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2008: Virtualization, HR dilemma, Expertise shortage, need Aliens?

Really, technology needs more people in technology. I've seen loads of mates who moved away from IT as they were sick of all the mergers and acquisitions. Some went to school, some went to adjacent industries and some even went into totally different industries. But indeed a lof of them are retiring. 2010-2015 is supposed to spell a sort of "Hiring ciris" across the developed countries.

Obviously virtualization will remain hot through 2013-2015 (I will talk about it tomorrow in the conference in Brussels--you can't apply anymore, you're too late for that).


Anyways quoting CW NZ:


1. The economy A few months ago, in Computerworld US's latest Vital Signs survey, 47% of CIOs polled said they expected their IT budgets to rise; 12.5% was the average predicted rate of increase. But the bill is coming due for shaky mortgages, the dollar keeps dropping, and a business slowdown looks inevitable. Don't slash your budget plans yet, though. Ask how your CEO plans to respond, then map out how IT can help. Cutting costs is one thing, but if your company snaps up a few acquisitions, you'll need more IT budget, not less. First, you need to know the plan. Find out.

2. Virtualisation Ignore how vendors sling this buzzword around. Instead, look at virtualisation — of servers, desktops or storage — in terms of how it lets you respond faster to changes in what users need. That's where business advantage comes from, but it won't come easily, so get started. By 2010, when users need results, you'll be able to deliver them while the business opportunity is still hot.


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