Top 20 Tech and Channel Trends of 2009

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    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2010-01-04

12. Skills Shortage Amid High Unemployment
Solution providers and vendors alike complained over the last year about not being able to find the technical, sales and management talents needed to run their businesses. These complaints came as the national unemployment rate climbed past 10 percent amid IT vendors and end user organization laying off tech workers by the thousands. In the first six months of the recession, more than 160,000 IT jobs were lost to the recession. The problem often wasn’t a lack of talent in the jobseeker pool, but rather a combination of disjointed expectations, wage conflicts and location. Many jobseekers had a skill, but not multiple skills to fill the newly consolidate jobs. Applications were often spread across the country at a time when relocation was cost-prohibitive. And, of course, many applications often sought salaries higher than what companies are willing or could afford to pay.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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