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Has the turnaround begun?

By paul.baldwin@techrepublic ·
IT consultants are often the harbingers of economic change. When consultants can easily find work, conditions are generally improving or already good. When consultants are struggling, the economy is usually beginning a down cycle. Have you begun to see the turnaround, or is there more uncertainty ahead? Join our discussion.
Paul Baldwin
Editor, IT Consultant Republic

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Thinghs are looking up

by DonBauer In reply to Has the turnaround begun?

I am hearing of a lot of projects starting up in January, with 5 offers coming in just this week. Nice change since nothing has come in since July. Rates are lower though than they were before.

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Not until the developers begin work

by tbrow12 In reply to Has the turnaround begun?

I have been in the Technology business for 28
years, including the heady days of Silicon Valley's growth. There is a fear out in the market of creativity. Creativity was what the
growth of Tech was all about. Until the VC world gets over the fact that they made mistakes in judgement about what they invested in during the dot.com period, and let the real creators back in the game things will stay the same.
Creative people don't follow the pattern of today's job market requirements. Those people will not get work until employers are willing to take risks again. Let the players back in the game. You will see things change rapidly, becuase you will see productivity gains. Which represent value. Good money can be spent on value. That will cause the ball to move again. Stay free in your mind!

Tony

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Creativity Crunch

by Murfster In reply to Not until the developers ...

Tony,
I totally agree with you on the creative people deal. Before I was laid off a couple of months ago, I spent a stellar year learning XML and all kinds of web and database goodies. All for what?

Now, I'll be lucky to get a VB/COM job, even with lots of experience.

I hate it when someone takes away my toys. Who knows when I'll get'em back again?
-Murf

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No Upturn in the NYC Metro Area Yet

by cyril_kearney In reply to Not until the developers ...

Traditionally the New York City Metropolitan area is a place where consultants have never wanted for work. I know of dozens of talented consultants that have been on the beach for months. Hourly rates are back to where they were in the mid-1980's. (Experienced ASP developers are settling for 40-50 an hour. SQL Server DBA's are getting 50-60.)

No upturn is in sight as far as I can see.

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turnaround

by gerardj5 In reply to Has the turnaround begun?

not yet but certainly the slope of the declining curve is not as negative as it was. but will have to to flatten and then take off....so some more time.

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My own feeling about this meter...

by fdasnevesgomes In reply to Has the turnaround begun?

At this moment I think it's not one barometer but one accomplice of inestimable economic mistakes and some of the times the first to make or stimulate the wrong move in business. After admit that, I think all of us are the first to climb at this moment, to the good ones have the opportunity to take a look at our real delivery, first proving him self that are not involved with wrong strategies, second proving to the market that they still focus in business success, with no profile that involve your name with stakeholders loose.
To the bad ones have the opportunity to move to other market, probably gambling market.
Obvious I'm talking about global investments consultant, project/business designers with tech support, to the rest of consultants, components consultant, sorry but you/we are in the same boat at this moment, I think it's one consequence of one in house strategy to face the lost of confidence in global market.

Fernando das Neves Gomes
Independent Consultant

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My own feeling about this meter...

by fdasnevesgomes In reply to Has the turnaround begun?

At this moment I think it's not one barometer but one accomplice of inestimable economic mistakes and some of the times the first to make or stimulate the wrong move in business. After admit that, I think all of us are the first to climb at this moment, to the good ones have the opportunity to take a look at our real delivery, first proving him self that are not involved with wrong strategies, second proving to the market that they still focus in business success, with no profile that involve your name with stakeholders loose.
To the bad ones have the opportunity to move to other market, probably gambling market.
Obvious I'm talking about global investments consultant, project/business designers with tech support, to the rest of consultants, components consultant, sorry but you/we are in the same boat at this moment, I think it's one consequence of one in house strategy to face the lost of confidence in global market.

Fernando das Neves Gomes
Independent Consultant

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Yes, the economy is turning around

by Dave Reneau In reply to Has the turnaround begun?

Maybe not as much in the larger ticket projects but there is plenty going on in the network design, modification / improvement 10K and below sector. With all the carrier acquisitions and failures, small and midsized company's are being forced to revisit who they are purchasing network infrastructure from.

The events of late are also causing the small and midsized sector to take a closer look at security, an area they gambled with a lot in the past.

These two issues alone, while not highlyprofitable to the consulting world are garnering much attention and are leading to stronger relationships and larger projects.

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For Department of Defense......YES

by Patrick Fontaine In reply to Has the turnaround begun?

I work for the Government and with the new budget year starting, the amount of money being diverted and ramped-up for IT, Wireless, Security and Training is just amazing.

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Ode to the Security Clearance

by leftyfrizzell In reply to For Department of Defense ...

The majority of those jobs require and active security clearance. The contacts that I have made said that I'm pretty much out of luck getting on with the Government. The current cost of an investigation to get a Secret clearance is now around $35,000.

This is getting just a little old.

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