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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

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Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 9, 2009 / 22 Tishrei 5770

Tech services sector shines, trade group exec says

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you're looking for work in the tech services sector, Todd Thibodeaux has good news for you: there are jobs to be had, and the sector is poised for continued growth.


"Other than health care, information technology has more jobs open than any other sector," Mr. Thibodeaux, who's completed 15 months as president and CEO of CompTIA, said over breakfast at the Grand Hyatt Washington last Monday.


The trade group he heads counts computer service firms, distributors, vendors and others which bills itself as "the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry." The group also offers a range of "vendor neutral" IT certifications that are well regarded as job-boosting credentials.


Though based on Oak Brook, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, Mr. Thibodeaux is no stranger to Washington, having spent 17 years with the Arlington-based Consumer Electronics Association, most recently as that group's senior vice president of industry relations.


Although the first two quarters of 2009 were, for CompTIA's members, "very poor," with the second quarter "the worst in history," there are bright spots, Mr. Thibodeaux said. Managed service providers, or MSPs, particularly those serving small- and medium-sized businesses, have "held up" in the tight economy, he noted. In fact, these firm's "haven't touched the tip of the iceberg" when it comes to bringing in new business. And that, he said, is where employment opportunities may be found.


Such a development would be rather timely: the U.S. Department of Labor October 1 said initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 551,000 last week from 534,000 in the previous week, meaning 17,000 people became newly unemployed in the period. As companies move from having in-house IT departments to contracting out to an MSP, some IT professionals who've only worked inside will be job-hunting, however.


"If you've been providing value all along" to an employer, Mr. Thibodeaux asserted, "you'd have the skill set of tools to adjust very well to an MSP." However, he added, today's programmers "needs a more diverse skill set than they had ten to 15 years ago."


Dislocation and "reinvention" can be tough for anyone - ask a Saturn automobile worker about that prospect - but in the IT field, the shift to a different workplace, where you're dealing with a host of clients, can bring satisfaction, he said.


Joining an MSP, Mr. Thibodeaux said, can give a once-isolated IT worker "the opportunity to be part of a team, and potentially a more fulfilling career," and one where your horizons are more broadly "professional and more technical rather than being pigeonholed."


The market is large enough, Mr. Thibodeaux asserts: spending on IT products and services in the U.S. totals about $120 billion a year, one-third the world's total. Dell Inc.'s recent purchase of Perot Systems, and Xerox's $6.4 billion move last week to grab Affiliated Computer Services, both show growth in the sector, he agreed.


And, employment potential isn't limited to newly minted college grads, either. As the workforce starts to shrink as "baby boomers" begin to retire, Mr. Thibodeaux predicts a "high demand" for those with certain skills on legacy and other systems, including lots of part-time opportunities for those retirees wishing to keep a hand in things.


"There will be chances for retired 'boomers,'" he said. "There will be an opportunity for someone to come in." He ticked off a list of potential projects where IT help will be needed: smart buildings, the next-generation power grid and, of course, the health care sector, which, he said, "will be one of the strongest."


While government IT spending may or may not eclipse health care, Mr. Thibodeaux said such spending "will be extremely strong" in the coming years, especially since "sixty percent of [economic] stimulus money will be spent in 2010." What CompTIA is looking for is a "better [framework] for how small companies can participate in all of this."


What that means, of course, is that Mr. Thibodeaux, who said he misses the diversity of dining in the D.C. area, likely will return here often to press his association members' cause. More information on the group can be found at www.comptia.org.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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