Layoffs and budget cuts ruining many IT projects

Recession-related IT budget slashing and layoffs are taking their toll on IT project success rates, according to the results of the latest CHAOS Summary 2009 report from The Standish Group. The Boston, Mass.-based

Published on: June 23rd, 2009 Meridith Levinson

Optimism rises among Canadian IT workers … pay raises likely for some

While hiring at many Canadian firms will be slow this summer, industry insiders say IT personnel in certain positions are likely to get pay raises. They include application developers, database managers and top

Published on: June 18th, 2009 Nestor Arellano

Eight tips on how IT folk should deal with finicky users

Those damned users. They're always whining about how people in IT don't get them, don't know how to communicate, and need to "align" to their interests. As if only IT pros have to

Published on: June 17th, 2009 Lisa Schmeiser

7 ways to keep employees peppy and productive

In these tough economic times, even workers at stable organizations might be finding it hard to stay motivated. This can make it difficult for managers to maintain a positive, productive work environment. Strong

Published on: June 16th, 2009 Dave Willmer

Despite recession, many IT posts still difficult to fill

CIOs and security executives looking to add IT staff in the coming months say they are challenged to fill positions, despite the recession and unemployment statistics.In the U.S., survey data from ISC-squared and

Published on: June 8th, 2009 Denise Dubie and Joaquim P. Menezes

Eight simple steps to successfully manage a project

Businesses of all sizes embark on thousands of projects for new products and services every year. Unfortunately, most projects are doomed to fail outright, or at launch, because the original success criteria were

Published on: June 3rd, 2009 Ron Ponce

IT hiring will pick up again by year’s end, recruiters say

Information technology (IT) recruiters in Canada and the U.S. are cautiously optimistic that the end of the market decline is in sight, and by year end firms are going to start hiring again.

Published on: May 26th, 2009 Patrick Thibodeau and Joaquim P. Menezes

Unethical managers cause Canadians to quit their jobs … even in a recession

Every indicator points to tough job market, but a recent Canada-wide workplace survey reveals many employees would rather leave their safe positions than work for a boss they can't trust.The poll of 1,600

Published on: May 25th, 2009 Nestor Arellano

Opportunities “abound” for self-employed IT professionals

Self-employment among Canadian IT professionals is growing, and tech industry observers hail this as a good sign."We're seeing many more IT folk willing to work on a consulting basis," said Rod Miller, regional

Published on: May 13th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

Top tips for effective, hassle-free telecommuting

Telecommuting provides employees with the flexibility and quiet they need to optimize their productivity. You don't have to repeat others' expensive mistakes.  This article presents input that several telecommuting IT professionals shared via

Published on: May 13th, 2009 Esther Schindler

Skills that help Canadian IT professionals find work in a turbulent market

While the employment situation in Canada's IT sector is as turbulent as in other industries, there are many "bright spots" that IT professionals can take advantage of, industry watchers say."In general, candidates who

Published on: May 4th, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

Fired IT worker blackmails former company for money, references

A systems administrator pleaded guilty in a federal court yesterday to charges that he tried to extort an undisclosed amount of money and even forcibly secure good job references from a New York-based

Published on: April 30th, 2009 Sharon Gaudin

Top IT skills that could get you more money in a recession

IT professionals with expertise in PHP, Java/J2EE, unified communications and Microsoft SQL server technologies should see pay for their skills increase, according to Foote Partners' latest research into IT skills pay. Related stories:Nine

Published on: April 22nd, 2009 Meridith Levinson

Heavy workloads, recession fears stress IT professionals

IT professionals taking on more work in light of the current economic climate identified rising workloads as the greatest source of workplace stress, according to research from Robert Half Technology.The IT staffing and

Published on: October 31st, 2008 Denise Dubie