HP Wednesday announced updates to its business service automation suite designed to help customers cut the cost of managing virtualisation and improve service quality.
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The U.S. technology sector suffered 84,217 job cuts in the first quarter, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, which reported the figure is a 27% increase over the previous quarter and the largest total since the end of 2002.
With project budgets shrinking, network professionals are spending less time planning new purchases and more time trying to cut costs and squeeze more value out of existing IT resources.
Global IT spending is expected to decline nearly 4% in 2009 over the previous year as industry watchers confirm the current recession will see more losses than the dot-com bust in 2001, Gartner reports.
IBM's news that it will shed some 5,000 North American jobs and potentially send more positions overseas has stirred up some bad sentiment toward Big Blue as the U.S. economy continues to languish.
The high-tech rumor mill churned at high speed Wednesday as industry watchers debated the good, the bad and the ugly about a potential pairing of IBM and Sun, if Big Blue does indeed acquire its long-time rival.
As Cisco makes an aggressive play for data center market share with its California blade server, industry watchers speculate whether the vendor might also consider acquiring one of the big four management software makers to strike a potentially bigger blow to competitors HP and IBM.
IT executives polled separately by IT staffing and consultancy firm Robert Half Technology and staffing firm Bluewolf revealed that the need for specific IT skills doesn't lessen because the economy is bad. Robert Half Technology surveyed 1,400 CIOs about their hiring plans for the second quarter (8 percent intend to add staff) and discovered the skills considered most in demand right now.
HP chairman and CEO Mark Hurd this week said the vendor would reduce base pay and some benefits across the company in the wake of disappointing earnings and in an attempt to stave off mass layoffs.
Companies flocked to IT outsourcing vendors as the recession unfolded last year and industry watchers expect more of the same as companies seek to slash fixed costs and deliver services with smaller staffs.
IBM plans to help customers broaden IT's reach beyond the data center and into managing physical environments, cloud services and virtual resources with one set of tools that improves efficiencies, reduces costs and cuts back on manual labor.
Archer Technologies announced it had acquired for an undisclosed sum Brabeion Software, a maker of IT governance, risk and compliance software.
Nearly half of companies working to reduce costs attempt to avoid permanent layoffs, according to recent survey results, opting instead to freeze salaries and cut travel expenses.
Tech industry stalwart Gartner cancels its cornerstone event scheduled for this spring, reduces its workforce by more than 100 and proves that IT watchers aren't immune to the economic turmoil that the vendors they cover and the clients they serve are facing.
HP Thursday introduced an expanded software suite designed to help data-center managers rapidly and accurately deploy new technologies and more quickly recover remote servers in the event of a failure.