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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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educate

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

We are running a conference on Defense Partnering
in ALexandria Mar 18. Contract, dispute resolution, etc. Interest.

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The Future is Bright

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

Many of the new system approaches drive private industry eventually since people like Bill Gates hawk this stuff. The future is bringing us some awesome systems and you could be on the cutting edge.

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WIDE ANGLE SPRAY OR JET BLAST?

by FluxIt In reply to Has the turnaround begun?

Down economies rarely impact every sector. They almost always target specific sectors. If a consultant is focused on manufacturing or travel those are typically volatile industries today. Moreover, after the Y2K scare and resultant growth in IT there was a down side expected. We are seeing this today.

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TECHNOLOGY FUTURES

by FluxIt In reply to Has the turnaround begun?

Another concern relating to this is the always changing face of technology. N21, Human centric computing, and Ubiquitous Computing are on the horizon with delivery dates of 2010. Some products are already on the market. The need for consultants willdiminish with the advent of these products. IT concepts will be removed from the enduser and information will arrive to him like one uses a toaster - mindlessly.

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Budgeting?

by info In reply to Has the turnaround begun?

Having spent several years in management as well as a team player, I'd like to share my opinion. Increases in budget expenditures for consulting fees, (in my opinion), does not serve as an indicator of "better times". Here's the reasoning: When we were in challenging economic market conditions, it was not cost effective to maintain full time team members. As such the budget points that delt with salary and benefits were reduced. We would then increase the budget points that delt with outsourcing. In the long run that was still cheaper than maintaining salaried or hourly paid individuals.

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upswing

by operatorX In reply to Has the turnaround begun?

I definetly don't see a sign of needing more IT support as a upswing in the economy. This is caused by a lack of training which is caused by lack of spending which is proceeded by a lack of upward moblity in the economy. Employer's still need IT people but the lack of money is forcing them to pay lower salaries which in turn brings in a lessor trained employee. OperatorX

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