Computerworld recession News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:32:26 GMT 2014-07-28T11:32:26Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. U.S. Mac sales slump in Q2, says IDC Apple sold fewer Macs in the U.S. during the second quarter than it did in the same period a year earlier, its first decline in three years. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:05:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2012-07-13T11:05:00Z IT Layoff Tracker Search and sort <i>Computerworld</i>'s database of announced staff cuts at IT companies, with entries starting in autumn 2008 Wed, 09 May 2012 16:00:00 GMT (Computerworld staff) 2012-05-09T16:00:00Z Expecting a recession, Gartner urges 'creative destruction' Research firm Gartner Inc. sees another recession coming that will lead to tightened IT budgets at the same time that technology is being forced to respond to social and collaborative computing trends. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:22:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2011-10-17T18:22:00Z Age bias in IT: The reality behind the rumors The recipient of an ASBPE Award of Excellence, this story delves into why IT workers over 50, or even 40, are having a tougher time than their younger colleagues staying fully employed. Is it age bias or something more complex? Thu, 01 Sep 2011 10:00:00 GMT (Tam Harbert) 2011-09-01T10:00:00Z Temp tech wages stall after earlier gains After two straight quarters of gains, the wages paid to tech workers at temporary jobs have stalled, according to Yoh Services, a technology staffing firm. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 10:00:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2011-08-04T10:00:00Z Fears rise in IT circles over new economic downturn The IT sector has done reasonably well coming out of the recession. More IT budgets this year were up than down and hiring is rising. But after months of gains, there are new worries that the U.S. economic recovery is in trouble. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:00:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2011-07-14T10:00:00Z Downturn hits older tech workers hardest Older IT workers have been more likely than younger ones to lose their jobs -- and stay unemployed -- since the latest economic recession began in 2008, according to new U.S. government data. Mon, 07 Feb 2011 11:00:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau and Sharon Machlis) 2011-02-07T11:00:00Z Career Watch: Have your employees checked out? As the recession winds down, many employees are anxious to start looking for new jobs, having lost the bonds of trust that once existed with their current employers. Mon, 07 Feb 2011 11:00:00 GMT (Jamie Eckle) 2011-02-07T11:00:00Z Recession hit older tech workers harder, labor data shows Unemployment rates for older IT workers increased during the recession faster than they did for younger employees, according to new government labor data obtained by <i>Computerworld</i>. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 10:58:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau and Sharon Machlis) 2011-01-27T10:58:00Z Job prospects improve for some tech workers Job prospects appear to be looking up for IT professionals, as multiple surveys suggest that large companies expect to slowly add staff next year. IDG Insider Wed, 22 Dec 2010 21:30:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2010-12-22T21:30:00Z Recession hit IT wages across U.S. The recession that officially ended last year hit tech wages across the U.S., with Silicon Valley IT workers seeing the biggest drop. Thu, 09 Dec 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2010-12-09T11:00:00Z Infosys financial results signal rebound in offshoring market Indian outsourcers are reporting strong financial results as customers place orders that had been shelved by the recession. Mon, 25 Oct 2010 10:00:00 GMT (John Ribeiro) 2010-10-25T10:00:00Z It's All About the Top Line As the economy recovers, CIOs have to help drive revenue growth, not just maintain profits through cutbacks and increased efficiency. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 22:09:00 GMT (Michael Friedenberg) 2010-08-30T22:09:00Z The new IT The old way of running IT is not coming back -- ever. What is the profession going to look like? Mon, 09 Aug 2010 10:00:00 GMT (Scot Finnie) 2010-08-09T10:00:00Z Top 10 Ways CIOs Can Prepare for Recession No. 2 As Gartner warns IT leaders to be ready in case a second recession hits,'s Thomas Wailgum shares his thoughts on how CIOs can actually slash pesky budgets. Hint: Unpaid interns, meet Russian hackers! Fri, 30 Jul 2010 17:44:00 GMT (Thomas Wailgum) 2010-07-30T17:44:00Z CIOs should plan for a second recession, Gartner says Gartner says CIOs should develop a list of IT projects that could be postponed or canceled -- if there's a second recession in the next 12 to 18 months. Mon, 26 Jul 2010 10:00:00 GMT (Mitch Betts) 2010-07-26T10:00:00Z Intel's success signals a 'refresh' for tech industry When Intel Corp. posted its best quarter ever this past week, industry watchers noted that the good news extends beyond the chip maker and touches on the high-tech industry and possibly the U.S. economy. Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2010-07-19T10:00:00Z The great churn The typical tools of employee retention -- raises, promotions and perks -- are unlikely to address the anxiety created by the confluence of economic reality and technical culture. Mon, 21 Jun 2010 01:36:00 GMT (Paul Glen) 2010-06-21T01:36:00Z Career Watch: The IT labor market: Volatile, and no tranquillity in sight The IT labor and skills markets have become highly volatile, says David Foote, and that is not entirely because of the recession. Mon, 07 Jun 2010 10:00:00 GMT (Jamie Eckle) 2010-06-07T10:00:00Z Final tally: IT lost 250,000 jobs last year The U.S. tech industry lost about 250,000 jobs last year, about 4% of its total workforce, but is seeing signs of a hiring turnaround, particularly in software services, according to TechAmerica, an industry group. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2010-04-28T11:00:00Z What you should look for in a rent-to-own employee Hiring a contractor that you might keep on as a permanent employee is very different from hiring other sorts of contractors, Paul Glen cautions. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 10:00:00 GMT (Paul Glen) 2010-04-19T10:00:00Z Prepaid wireless market hot in U.S. during recession The hottest segment of the U.S. wireless communications market is made up of customers who prepay for their service, with that group accounting for 65% of all net new subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2009, research firm IDC said. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:06:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2010-03-15T11:06:00Z IT hiring jumps in January The TechServe Alliance industry group said that the addition of 12,900 IT jobs in the U.S. is "better than incremental" and a sign that corporate demand for such workers is finally growing again. Mon, 08 Feb 2010 22:12:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2010-02-08T22:12:00Z Subtle tips for standout interviews Columnist Dave Willmer offers some advice to help job candidates fine-tune their approach to interviews with potential employers. Mon, 08 Feb 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Dave Willmer) 2010-02-08T11:00:00Z Opinion: Recession is over, and it's time for IT to restart the engines Scot Finnie says IT has to get into gear now, before the recovery is in full swing. Mon, 08 Feb 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Scot Finnie) 2010-02-08T11:00:00Z Job Search Secrets: Targeting Done Right If your job search centers on your resume and scattershot networking, you may never find a new job, says career coach Vicki Brackett. Here, she proposes the targeted job search as the most effective job hunting strategy in a recession. Wed, 27 Jan 2010 18:22:00 GMT (Meridith Levinson) 2010-01-27T18:22:00Z Help desks under siege Help desk pros are taking on more responsibilities with less assistance than ever. Will the skills they gain help them in the future? Here's hoping. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Cara Garretson) 2010-01-25T11:00:00Z Tips for providing low-cost security training A resourceful CISO arranges low-cost training for his staff by working with a local security company. Another tip: Take a cop to lunch. Mon, 21 Dec 2009 11:00:00 GMT (Julia King) 2009-12-21T11:00:00Z Is federal stimulus money being used for IT hardware, not hiring? Congress allocated $787 billion earlier this year in a stimulus package President Obama signed in an effort to jump-start the economy. So where are the IT jobs? Mon, 23 Nov 2009 22:14:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2009-11-23T22:14:00Z Opinion: Prepare now for an employee exodus Workers might have been willing to deal with unsatisfactory employment situations when there were no other options, says Yoh's Adam Lawrence. But now that the economy is starting to turn a corner, employees are on the move. Mon, 16 Nov 2009 11:00:00 GMT (Adam Lawrence) 2009-11-16T11:00:00Z For CIOs, a silver lining in the recession A survey from the the Society for Information Management finds a lot of interest among companies in how IT can be used to reduce the cost of business. Tue, 10 Nov 2009 21:18:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2009-11-10T21:18:00Z More Jobs Vanish: IT's Gains Are Real People's Losses Improved IT means many jobs cut in this recession have been cut forever, some job hunters are now learning. While long-sought efficiency improvements have arrived, not everyone is celebrating. Mon, 02 Nov 2009 18:08:00 GMT (Thomas Wailgum) 2009-11-02T18:08:00Z Opinion: IT is not the mailroom Paul Ingevaldson predicts that the companies that underperform when the economy recovers will include those that outsourced IT. Mon, 02 Nov 2009 11:00:00 GMT (Paul M. Ingevaldson) 2009-11-02T11:00:00Z iPhone satisfaction rating 'on a different planet,' says survey Apple iPhone users are almost twice as likely to say that they're "very satisfied" with their smartphone than second-place RIM and its BlackBerry, research firm ChangeWave Research said today. Tue, 27 Oct 2009 18:00:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2009-10-27T18:00:00Z Facing big budget cuts, county turns to thin clients, SaaS Hoping to save money in the face of big budget cuts, Wisconsin's Milwaukee County considers outsourcing mainframe work and moving to a software-as-a-service environment. Thu, 08 Oct 2009 16:27:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2009-10-08T16:27:00Z Software engineering jobs decline -- slightly IEEE-USA finds some positive news in the third-quarter software engineering employment figures compiled by the federal government. Wed, 07 Oct 2009 19:53:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2009-10-07T19:53:00Z Career Watch: Asking for training when money is tight Even in bad economic times when budgets are tight, you can still approach your employer about training opportunities. Author Katy Piotrowski tells you how to justify your request so your boss sees it in a positive light. Plus, a recent survey shows that IT salaries are mostly lower than they were a year and a half ago. Mon, 05 Oct 2009 10:00:00 GMT (Jamie Eckle) 2009-10-05T10:00:00Z Slashing IT maintenance budgets: Sign of the times Sometimes things stay broken until IT staffers, or even end users, can figure out a solution for themselves. People turn to eBay to find parts or cheap replacements. Tue, 22 Sep 2009 10:00:00 GMT (Todd R. Weiss) 2009-09-22T10:00:00Z Opinion: Beware of neglect of the future Thornton May warns IT organizations not to forget about the future while they're hunkered down trying to survive the present. Mon, 21 Sep 2009 10:00:00 GMT (Thornton A. May) 2009-09-21T10:00:00Z Career Watch: Bad work habits can hold you back in tough times Breaking the bad habits that are holding you back; and the techiest area in the U.S. Mon, 21 Sep 2009 10:00:00 GMT (Jamie Eckle) 2009-09-21T10:00:00Z Smart and cheap: How to improve business intelligence on a tight budget Consolidating your BI tools, and making better use of existing data, can help you make smart business decisions without new expenditures. Mon, 14 Sep 2009 10:00:00 GMT (Robert L. Mitchell) 2009-09-14T10:00:00Z Career Watch: Coping with the recession Advice on how to survive the recession; some unusual job-hunting tactics. Mon, 07 Sep 2009 04:01:00 GMT (Jamie Eckle) 2009-09-07T04:01:00Z Career Watch: Millennials, make the most of this recession Author and management consultant Bob Jennings thinks hard times will bring out the best in the youngest workers. Mon, 31 Aug 2009 17:07:00 GMT (Jamie Eckle) 2009-08-31T17:07:00Z Inventory optimization saves working capital in tough times Supply chain management can help companies cut costs and preserve working capital during the economic downturn and beyond. IT has a key role to play in synchronizing supply with demand, but analysts worry about underinvestment. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 04:01:00 GMT (William Brandel) 2009-08-24T04:01:00Z The high cost of ethics compliance Running IT systems that promote and comply with ethical standards can be costly -- and therefore harder to justify during a recession. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 04:01:00 GMT (Mary K. Pratt) 2009-08-24T04:01:00Z CIOs' job satisfaction increases despite recession Despite having to cope with massive budget cuts, salary freezes and demoralized staffs, most employed IT executives are more satisfied with their jobs this year than they have been in previous years, according to the results of a job satisfaction survey conducted by ExecuNet. Fri, 21 Aug 2009 17:28:00 GMT (Meridith Levinson) 2009-08-21T17:28:00Z 5 recession-era strategies for software vendors (and their customers) Clamping down on pirates, simplifying licenses, and boosting layoffs and outsourcing are among the recommendations that Accenture has for software vendors struggling in this economy. Mon, 17 Aug 2009 10:00:00 GMT (Eric Lai) 2009-08-17T10:00:00Z Career advice: Dealing with the recession, and its aftermath One of <i>Computerworld</i>'s Premier 100 IT Leaders tackles questions on dealing with the recession and preparing for what will follow it. Wed, 12 Aug 2009 16:02:00 GMT (Nicholas D. Evans) 2009-08-12T16:02:00Z CIOs: Get ready for the economic recovery ahead It's not too soon to prepare your IT operation for better times ahead. Mon, 10 Aug 2009 04:01:00 GMT (Michael Fitzgerald) 2009-08-10T04:01:00Z Something big in works at EDS: smaller paychecks Something big is happening at EDS. Problem for some is that it involves making their paychecks smaller. Thu, 06 Aug 2009 00:11:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2009-08-06T00:11:00Z