Stories by Sharon Watson

Lowdown on Linux Skills

What does it mean for IT professionals now that Linux is finding its way into a growing number of corporate settings? For systems administrators—the corporate IT people most likely to be affected by Linux adoption—it means they'll have another operating system to learn as their companies capitalize on Linux savings by retraining staffers.

Return of the dot-goners

Next to glamorous dot-coms, which offered IT professionals the chance to change the world and become millionaires while wearing bluejeans to work, some corporate IT organizations seemed like mousy country kin, especially as the companies competed for the same limited pool of IT talent.

Making magic on the Web


When he was a young boy, David Holland used to dream about a magic book. "The pictures on its pages moved, and the people in it talked," he says. "Maybe that influenced me somehow."
Maybe. Today, as a Web application developer at Dark Horse Comics Inc. in Milwaukie, Ore., Holland makes comic books come alive for the thousands of fans who visit the company's six Web sites.

Feature: The evolving IT worker

Key technology workers may not come from IT at all, as managers rethink where they look for new talent. It's the critical need for both business and technology skills that has many IT pros on the ropes, fighting off business peers for choice IT jobs

The Evolving IT Worker

Don't call Tom Zavos an IT guy. "I'm a business professional with IT expertise," he says.

Why Staffers Stay

PalmPilots and wine and food pairings. This odd couple is a key reason why Alan Atkinson, manager of information technology at Franciscan Estates, a winery in Rutherford, California, is a satisfied IT professional.

Is This the End of Job Loyalty?

Two weeks after Damon Remy joined a hospitality company, his boss quit and almost all of the IT department was outsourced to a consulting firm.