Should your IT department consider switching to Macs? Perhaps, if the only criteria is the cost of management. That's because according to a new survey by the Enterprise Desktop Alliance, IT admins feel that Macs have lower management costs than PCs.
The survey pinged 260 IT admins from large organizations with both Macs and PCs, and in some categories -- such as troubleshooting, user training, and help desk calls -- three times as many respondents said that Macs are easier on the wallet to manage.
"Administrators in organizations that have both Mac and PC platforms have the experience to determine whether managing Macs is less expensive," said T. Reid Lewis, CEO of Group Logic, and president of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance. "The members of the Enterprise Desktop Alliance provide products and services that make deployment and management of Macs easier to do."
Perhaps most surprising is that the respondents rated every category in the Macs' favor, including system configuration. You can read the full survey results here (PDF).
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Jobs aren't exactly easy to come by these days, but for those employed as security professionals, 2009 wasn't all that bad, a new survey suggests. According to ISC Squared, 55 percent of U.S. security pros said their salaries went up in 2009.
ISC Squared pinged more than 3,000 global technology security pros, over half of which were from the U.S. Of those, 800 claimed to have hiring authority, with 50 percent saying they expect to hire either full-time help or contractors in 2010.
"The results from our latest Career Impact Survey show that in a very difficult economic environment, organizations are placing an even higher value on the work that information security professionals do," W. Hord Tipton, executive director for ISC Squared, said in a statement. "It's a sign of the private and public sectors' ever-increasing dependence upon the stability and security of the online world, providing a plethora of career opportunities for knowledgeable, qualified, motivated security professionals."
The respondents represented a wide range of industries, including government, IT, professional services, and banking.
In its heyday, the Comdex trade show brought in over 200,000 visitors and 2,300 exhibitors. It was the biggest baddest tech show in Vegas. In 2003, with the tech bust having run its course, the IT focused Comdex faltered and was shut down. Now UBM, which acquired the Comdex name in 2006, have announced plans to relaunch the fabled event as a virtual trade show.
UBM believes they can provide value in the show by learning from the original Comdex’s mistakes. “The original Comdex died because it stopped serving its core customers. We are giving Comdex a future by going back to its past," said UBM CEO David Levin. The show will continue to be focused on IT, software vendors, and business solutions.
The event itself will be packaged up like a live event with keynote speakers, an exhibition hall, and even a media room for journalists and analysts. These will all be accessible on the Comdex website. You can already see the promo flash animation complete with extremely awkward video rundown. Though details are scarce right now, we expect a mix of streaming content and virtual environments. Do you think this can work, or should the memory of Comdex not be tainted?
Boeing last week sent out 60-day layoff notices to 1,000 employees, about 800 of which went to employees of Boeing's engineering, operations, and technology unit. Most of those 800 are in IT, said Tim Healy, a company spokesman.
By the time the 60-day deadline rolls around, there's a chance retirements and other forms of attrition cold scale back some of the job cuts, "although it's impossible to predict how often that could happen or how many employees will leave the company," Healy added.
The most recent layoffs are the latest in Boeing's plan to cut some 10,000 jobs overall. Boeing employees about 158,500 people, including 18,000 in its engineering and technology group. Last month, the company reported record revenue for 2009 at $68.3 billion, up from $60.9 billion in 2008.
Think about it for a second. Do you care if your programs are open-source? Do you care if companies whose services you frequent are built around open-source technology or not? Do you care whether their developers, in turn, support other open-source movements or not?
If you're not a decision-maker at a company when it comes to IT requirements or business operations, then no, open-source doesn't matter. If you're not a developer who has the knowledge--but more importantly, the time--to invest as much into an open-source project as you receive back from its functionality, then no, open-source doesn't matter either. If you're a typical computer user who wants programs that offer more than what you'd otherwise find in a vanilla Windows installation, then the concept of open-source really has no bearing on you.
Open-source matters as a concept. In its execution, however, a vast majority of enthusiasts, average folk, and neophytes could honestly care less. But why is that? Why aren't we all raising the flag with Linus Torvalds' head on it and parading through the aisles of our local electronics stores in support of the open-source movement?
You probably know Staples as the local go-to shop for office supplies, but the Massachusetts-based retailer isn't just about selling ink and printer paper. Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, announced the launch of Staples Technology Solutions, a new venture the outfit hopes will help it tap into IT dollars.
"At Staples, we've built our world-class reputation by making it easy for businesses to buy office products and services," said Jay Mutschler, senior vice president of Staples Advantage. "Staples Technology Solutions combines expert service, great product selection, and our low cost-to-serve model to satisfy customers who increasingly depend on technology to run their businesses. By launching this new line of business, Staples Advantage now not only makes it easy to buy everyday office products, but becomes a reliable and cost-effective supplier of network services, data center solutions, and more."
Staples envisions its new unit acting as an extension of an in-house IT department, but says they're also capable of running an organization's entire IT operations. Some of the services offered will include managed services like on-site and remote server and desktop support for Apple, Mac, Microsoft, and Linux platforms, printing solutions, data center assessments and solutions, and more.
An increasing number of SMBs and other enterprise software customers are getting fed up with paying for software features they may never use, suggests a new IDC report. The solution? Usage-based software pricing.
According to Konary, software vendors need to start looking at pay-per-use models "where real value is in the ease, intuitiveness, and seamlessness of the experience." She likened the idea to the music industry, in which customers are no longer forced to buy a CD in order to enjoy one or two songs.
On the flip side, vendors fear they would lose revenue by switching to a pay-per-use model, and Konary concedes this is a valid concern. However, she suggests a compromise like the tiered pricing used by cell phone carriers.
Good news for IT admins. Intel last week announced a new vPro platform for its Core i5 and i7 processors designed to make remote maintenance and management of PCs an easier task in the enterprise.
"Businesses, particularly those that haven't purchased PCs for several years, face a computing environment that no longer handles the applications many workers and IT are adopting," said Rick Echevarria, vice president, Intel Architecture Group, and general manager, Business Client Platform Division. "The integration of intelligent performance along with smart security and cost-saving manageability features in the Intel Core vPro processor family provide IT and SMBs a no-compromise platform. We also are excited about how Intel vPro Technology gives IT the flexibility to look at client virtualization, consumerization and rich cloud applications"
The new platform based on Intel's Core vPro processors consists of the new Intel Q57 Express chipset, Intel 82577LM Gigabit Network Connection for notebooks, and Intel 82578DM Network Connection for desktop PCs.
As the tech recession rages on, there aren't a whole lot of enterprise data centers being built. That's led to a bunch of companies opting to lease data center space from third parties, InfoWord.com reports.
"Anyone moving forward with new space has to consider a third-party operating," says Michelle Bailey, an analyst with market research firm IDC.
Bailey added that few IT departments have the funds to build new data centers, leading to an large number of firms renting out space. So much so, in fact, that all the space that was created during the dot-com boom is now starting to be filled up. And why not, considering that financing a new data center can potentially run over $100 million.
"They're all spooked. They don't want the risk of having debt increase," says Carl Weddle, director of IT at Quality Trailer Products Inc.
In a report issued earlier this week, market research firm IDC said it expects worldwide IT spending to grow by 3 percent in 2010, fueled in large part by emerging markets like China and India.
"Despite pent-up demand for upgrades and new applications following the deep spending cuts of the past year, economic uncertainty will combine with capital and credit constraints to inhibit spending in mature economies," IDC analyst Stephen Minton said.
IDC predicts global IT spending will hit $1.48 trillion by the end of the year, which is a good chunk less than what Gartner is expecting. According to Gartner, spending will grow by 4.6 percent, to $3.4 trillion.