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  • Ballmer: IT has opportunities from economic recovery

    Posted May 13, 2009 - 1:06 pm

    Growth will have to come from higher productivity and innovation when the economy begins to recover, says Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
  • Best sectors in economy for IT

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 2:38 pm

    Which sectors are most likely to be a safe harbor as we ride out the financial crisis?
  • Will weak economy boost on-the-job Web surfing?

    Posted February 26, 2009 - 10:53 am

    Nearly a quarter of U.S. workers spend three to five hours a week surfing the Internet while on the job, according to survey of 200 U.S. office workers released this week.
  • Timewasters: Wild webcams, bailout game, weird gadgets

    Posted February 13, 2009 - 11:02 am

    Sure, you could be refinancing your mortgage at shockingly low rates, polishing up your resume, or doing actual work. But no. You're going to spend it here poking a panda.
  • Meltdown 101: How tech companies are taking a hit

    Posted January 22, 2009 - 10:14 pm

    The economic recession is hurting every industry, and technology is no exception -- big names like Microsoft, Intel and Dell have had layoffs as they try to cut costs and stay competitive amid declining sales. But the effects of the meltdown haven't been spread evenly across the sector -- even within companies, sales of certain products may fall while others are more resilient. It seems that the health of tech companies has a lot to do with what they sell, and who their customers are.
  • Ballmer provides grim outlook as economy 'resets'

    Posted January 22, 2009 - 6:23 pm

    Speaking to financial analysts on the heels of Microsoft's announcement of layoffs and a disappointing second quarter, CEO Steve Ballmer referred to current economic conditions as an entire recalibration that means the economy likely won't return to its previous prosperity.
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act could be a boon to VARs

    Posted January 20, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    During the Depression, economic stimulus came in the form of the WPA, which put people to work around the country building things. Some of the structures are still standing today, including a decorative riverfront stone fence right here in my hometown.
  • Forrester forecasts decline in global IT spending

    Posted January 13, 2009 - 5:16 pm

    Global spending on IT products and services will drop by 3 percent in 2009 to US$1.66 trillion when measured in U.S. dollars, but subsequently rebound by 9 percent in 2010, according to a Forrester Research study released Tuesday.
  • How to save money by converting your old desktops into terminals

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 12:26 am

    The economy is a wreck! Organizations across the spectrum are looking for ways to reduce costs in any way possible. Help your organization navigate these murky financial waters by extending the life of your existing desktops. Besides savings some green, doing so helps with greening the environment.
  • Cutting costs, Microsoft backs away from office space

    Posted January 7, 2009 - 5:33 pm

    Because of the deteriorating economy, Microsoft has halted negotiations over a new office building in downtown Seattle.
  • Five CIOs talk about managing IT costs in a weakened economy

    Posted December 30, 2008 - 4:23 pm

    ITworld asked five CIOs in various industries to discuss how they're planning to weather the softening economy and balance the needs of the business with shrinking IT dollars; what three projects they're currently doing or plan to do over the next year; and what projects have fallen off their lists completely because of the economy.
  • Wall Street Beat: IT crawls to end of a tough year

    Posted December 27, 2008 - 11:45 am

    Amazon and Red Hat provided a few glimmers of sunlight as the tech sector suffered through a turbulent week, with no signs of letup soon.
  • Economic trouble driving green IT initiatives

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 6:19 pm

    Economic recession is causing many companies to ramp up the speed of green IT initiatives, while a much smaller number of companies have decided to slow down their green activities.
  • Top 10: Money woes redux, more malware, shopping jam

    Posted December 5, 2008 - 4:59 pm

    We're just about out of another woeful week as far as economic news goes, what with AT&T and Adobe joining the ever-growing list of companies slashing jobs and RIM and AMD giving notice that quarterly revenue either will not reach forecasts or will drop. New malware targeting Firefox users was in the news, too. One positive note was that early online holiday-season shopping was robust. But there was a negative side to that as well -- the influx of e-shoppers caught some major online stores off guard and their systems couldn't handle the traffic.
  • Wall Street Beat: Hardware taking brunt of recession

    Posted December 4, 2008 - 6:02 pm

    It is clear that the now-official U.S. recession is hitting all sectors of IT, though so far it looks like hardware and components will get the worst of it.
  • Wall Street Beat: Clouds loom for IT despite holiday break

    Posted November 26, 2008 - 8:52 pm

    Forecasts of declines for semiconductors, mobile devices and online retail sales mean that it will be a while before clouds are lifted from the tech sector.
  • Five top spending priorities for hard times

    Posted November 19, 2008 - 12:12 pm

    So which technologies get funded rain or shine? Those that can save companies money or reduce expenses. Here are the five technologies must continue to invest in despite the recession.
  • Google's Schmidt: Innovation must come first

    Posted November 18, 2008 - 5:27 pm

    The U.S. government needs to pump billions of dollars into alternative energy efforts, broadband infrastructure and research in an effort to rebuild the nation's economy, Google's CEO said Tuesday.
  • You really can do more with less

    Posted November 17, 2008 - 12:26 pm

    Cutting costs in IT does not necessarily mean laying staffers off, deferring projects or reducing support. There are simple steps every company can take to significantly save money and improve the bottom line during these turbulent economic times.
  • 8 reasons tech isn't dead ... yet

    Posted November 17, 2008 - 11:47 am

    The global economy is in as bad shape as we've ever seen, but most IT industry experts are predicting that sales of computer hardware, software and services will be growing at a healthy clip again within 18 months.
  • The 2009 IT career survival guide

    Posted November 12, 2008 - 5:03 pm

    Although tech jobs are under increasing pressure, the reality is that the technology jobs market overall is still doing better than the market for other types of jobs. That doesn't mean you're immune from layoffs, stagnant salaries, or increasing workloads, but it does mean you have more options than many other workers -- if you're willing to be flexible.
  • How recessions make good people do bad things

    Posted November 12, 2008 - 4:38 pm

    Greed, anger or desperation are what motivate insiders to attack their own companies. Here are some of the insider issues to look out for during a recession...
  • New regulations will soon swell IT workloads

    Posted November 12, 2008 - 11:44 am

    New regulations stemming from the financial industry meltdown will put IT in the hot seat, much as the post-Enron Sarbanes-Oxley and other such rules did in the early 2000s.
  • The hottest IT skills survive a cool economy

    Posted November 11, 2008 - 12:02 pm

    Even in a down economy, the IT worker who demonstrates his value in multiple areas is the one who's most likely to be rewarded financially. So which technology areas should IT workers look at when deciding which new skills to seek?
  • 7 Secrets for Surviving a Layoff in a Down Economy

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 10:35 pm

    It's easy to view a layoff as an end-of-the-world situation, but it doesn't have to be. Here are seven tips for thriving after a layoff, even in a bad economy.

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