Ten IT Things to Be Thankful For in 2011 - Slide 5

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During challenging economic times, it becomes easy to overlook the things that bring us some measure of joy and comfort. That’s especially true when IT budgets are tight and companies are asking their IT staffs to do a lot more with less.

At the same time, the last year has seen broader adoption of a raft of IT technologies without which things in the land of IT would be decidedly worse than they currently are. Those notable technologies include everything from virtualization management tools and private cloud computing platforms to emerging in-memory computing and business rules management technologies.

What should unify all these technologies in the minds of IT professionals this Thanksgiving is that there is no shortage of demand for people who have skills in these areas, which is something that IT folks should be especially thankful for in these challenging times.

Of course, the real challenge facing the IT industry as a whole is figuring out how to get more people trained in these and other emerging technology sectors that show as much promise. The sooner that happens, the more people there will be that are gainfully employed in a job that pays a decent salary.

While not everyone always appreciates the fact that working in IT generally means having to reinvent one’s self every five years or so in order to stay current on the latest technology, the best thing about IT is that it presents the opportunity to do that. By comparison, other fields simply don’t have the same pace of innovation to allow that to happen.

So please check out this year’s list of IT things to be thankful for, because, chances are, you’ll be working more closely with one or more of these technologies in 2012.

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