Which IT Projects Are Still Booming?

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IT temporary firm SmartSource has experienced an increase in both the number of temporary IT professionals it deploys and the number of resumes it receives. The resume increase, however, is outpacing the job increase.


SmartSource operates in three divisions—long- and short-term contract work, contract-for-hire and project-based staffing.  As the recession has worn on, contract-for-hire requests have dropped sharply as project-based staffing requests have been booming.

"No one is doing full-time hires," says Iovinelli. 

And three technology types are booming right now—VOIP rollouts, POS (point-of-sale) installations and desktop refreshes, according to Iovinelli. While Gartner is forecasting PC unit sales to experience their steepest decline in history, Iovinelli is seeing a spike in desktop rollout project work requests. Those rollouts are coming from two vertical industries—health care and banking.

"The banks are huge because they have so many branches, and there’s no other way to get a deployment done except by visiting the branch," says Iovinelli.  "You can’t ship desktop refresh jobs oversees."

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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