IBM will debut its first four Power7 systems this week for the high-end server market in a direct competitive move aimed at Hewlett-Packard and Sun. It's the kickoff of a new level of competition, according to industry watchers. "We're seeing three very big vendors sharpening their elbows a bit," said Charles King, an analyst with Pund-IT Research.
Certification vendors are expanding courses and programs that promise to provide new career paths for tech professionals. New programs, such as Certified Ethical Hacker from the Academy of Computer Education, are aimed at meeting new enterprise technology skill requirements.
There are more than a few challenges facing government IT leaders, and clearing the hurdles will require revamping management strategies and the use of Web 2.0 technologies. To move forward, tech leaders must embrace change, according to federal technology professional survey.
The younger generation of IT workers are more acclimated to high-tech devices, but also accustomed to doing things their own way, according to a survey by Accenture. Gary Curtis, chief technology strategist for Accenture, writes that companies must come up with a balancing act that will accommodate and integrate these workers while protecting the company's technology and information assets.