For my final vacation post, I have to turn to my friend again for inspiration. We were out to lunch and he noticed that I appeared to be gazing, which I tend to do when I am thinking. "OK, what's on your mind", he asked?I remembered that he said he had a junior administrator backing him up while he was away on vacation. I asked whether he was concerned that he had someone with so little experience backing him up. He immediately saw where I was going with my question. He knows me all too well, and admitted that it was a less-than-ideal situation. Although he supports a small organization -- less than 100 users -- what they do is fairly critical and has to be kept up and running.He noted that he was only about an hour and a half from work and if worse came to worse, he could drive back. In addition, he had Internet access. I told him that was no way to work.He said that they were having a hard time finding qualified people, so the company decided to bring on a person with some practical experience and then train him. When searching for administrators, the company tended to get a lot of "paper-certified" candidates, meaning they had passed certification tests but had little practical experience. The company did consider looking at an H-1B option, but decided that training its own administrators internally made more sense. He also pointed out that you can't really check the credentials and work experience of most H-1B workers, and that was a big concern. Also, there is a lot of paper work his company didn't want to get involved in and, of course, there are the lawyers to deal with. I did point out asIT BusinessEdge blogger Ann Alldid that there arethat they should look into.We discussed other strategies such as outsourcing,and a managed service provider, but still came back to the fact that the company had a very specific set of needs and none of them really fit the bill.I guess next year he will reconsider vacationing with me for the summer.I have had many H-1B workers on my staff throughout the years and have had very good results. Is your company hiring more or fewer H-1B workers?