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[TechRepublic] Rrecession-proof your IT group; IPv6 being exploited already?

July 23, 2009

Four ways to recession-proof your IT group

Sanity Savers for IT ExecutivesIn a difficult economy, IT becomes invaluable for driving efficiency and cost savings. However, to become perpetually relevant, IT needs to be perceived as a value-generating, strategically active department. Here are four ways that IT can prove its worth and generate tangible business value.

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Poll: IT blocks users from social networking in 71% of organizations
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Train programmers using a pragmatic approach
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