IT Slashes Budgets, Starts Layoffs: Exclusive CIO Survey\nHow much has IT budget anxiety grown? Forty percent of CIOs plan to cut their budgets from last year's level, with contractors and discretionary technology projects first in line for cuts: that's up from 26 percent in July and 17 percent in March.\n4 Cynical Strategies for Protecting Your Job During a Recession.\nGetting to know your boss, making your contributions known, being a team player and actually get things done can likely save your job.\nFinancial Crisis May Lead to Hiring Freezes, Layoffs in IT, says Gartner\nThe deepening economic downturn prompted Gartner to reduce its IT spending forecast for 2009 and to raise the specter of hiring freezes and job cuts.\nWhich IT Jobs Will Survive the Financial Crisis?\nIT managers at financial services firms may be at a higher risk of losing their jobs than rank-and-file tech workers who service the networks and data centers.\nRecession Increases Security Risks, Particularly Insiders Threats\nAs companies downsize due to economic downturn, they need to keep an eye out for employees disgruntled by layoffs and other cost cuts.\nIT Jobs and the Financial Crisis: What Tech Workers Need to Know\nHow long will the recession last? Will I get fired? Will I get outsourced? Will I be able to find a new job? This story attempts to answer your most pressing questions about the economy and your IT job.\n9 Tips for Taking Control of Your IT Career in the Face of Layoffs\nWith the unemployment rates at their highest level in six years and layoffs planned at some of the biggest companies, tech workers are feeling anxious about their jobs and powerless in the face of economic uncertainty. Two IT staffing experts offer some empowering advice for all IT workers.\n10 Secrets for Searching for a Job During a Recession\nFocusing your efforts on jobs in growing industries and demonstrating how your work has generated revenue are just two simple ways to distinguish yourself from the rest of the job seekers competing for positions in a down economy.\nFinancial Industry Mergers, Acquisitions and Meltdowns: What's in Store for IT Execs and Staffers?\nEconomic chaos has rocked thousands in IT: From CIOs, such as Merrill Lynch's Tom Sanzone and Washington Mutual's Deb Horvath, to tons of jittery IT workers.\nCredit Suisse CIO Jumps Ship to Merrill Lynch Amid Industry Turmoil\nWith the financial services industry in rough shape, veteran CIO Tom Sanzone leaves one company that's in a bit of hot water for another that just suffered its worst quarter ever.\nRecession Worries? Open Source Software Is a Great Way to Cut Costs\nIT budget slashed again? If you need to cut costs, open-source software can save you a bundle-- and it's likely a better application than the proprietary equivalents.\nFive Cheap (or Free) Software Programs You Can Afford During a Financial Crisis\nOpen-source software can save you a bundle; these are five prime examples that are every bit as good, if not better, than their proprietary equivalents.\nCutting Costs: 7 Great Tips for IT\nUsing open source and free software, encouraging telecommuting, and even outsourcing, these tips can help you cut costs, save money, and let you focus on what's really important: the bottom line.\nIT Budget Tips: Relief Strategies to Beat the Budget Crunch\nA solid IT risk and compliance program will lower costs, reduce risk and permt consistent compliance. With better security, lower audit burden, improved leverage of IT resources, fast decision-making and business process optimization, companies can gain some recession relief.\nUnlike Earlier Bubble Burst, This Recession Not Likely to Spur Tech Innovation\nInnovation not always sparked by recession\nRecession Fears, Demanding Workloads Stress IT Pros\nA recent survey shows that increasing workloads and the economic crisis are taking a stressful toll on IT professionals.\nFinancial Crisis Means IT Pros Must Wear Multiple Hats\nIT professionals have to take an additional responsibilities when their departments are initiating hiring freezes or layoffs. While working double duty can be stressful, it can also provide opportunities for IT pros to learn new skills and expand existing ones.\nRecession Increases Security Risks, Particularly Insider Threats\nAs companies downsize due to economic downturn, they need to keep an eye out for employees disgruntled by layoffs and other cost cuts.\n\nIs It a Good Idea to Change Jobs During a Recssion?\nEven during a recession theres a silver lining. Moving on might be better than staying at your current job where your workload piles on, but your salary stays flat.\nRecession? What's Your Plan?\nWhether a CIO is a strategic thinker or a tactical team player, opportunities during a recession do take shape.\nIT Budgets Frozen by Recession, Survey Shows\nThe recent economic crisis has many IT leaders tightening their belts and preparing for sparse spending in the coming months.\nOffshore Outsourcing: What Role Will the Recession Play?\nAs the U.S. economy continues its downward spiral, analysts who predicted lost jobs would cause a surge in outsourcing are eating their words.\nUS Recession May Benefit Indian Outsourcers\nSmaller budgets force US companies to cut costs and send work to Indian outsourcers\nAt Least Microsoft Admits We're in a Recession\nApples Steve Jobs rolls with the punches, while Microsoft at least acknowledges economic caution.\nSurviving the Recession: 9 Sites to Help You Save Money\nFind cheap gas or a less expensive cell phone plan, track your mileage, find a good loan. These sites will help you cut costs for home and office.\n6 Recession-Proof IT Jobs\nNot all jobs are being offshored and outsourced. Some positions in IT are among the most recession-proof jobs across all fields.\nAre You Worried about the Impact of a Recession on Your Job? You Should Be.\nIT likely to join rest of U.S. industries hit with the economic downturn.\nRecession: Will Your Vendors Be Acquired?\nSmart companies will hunt for good merger and acquisition opportunities, with stocks at multiyear lows. Here are the M&As to watch.\nA Response to Recession Fears\nFight a recession with teamwork and extra effort.\nIT Careers: How to Be a Successful Contractor in a Recession\nIT workers facing potential layoffs should consider preparing for life as a free agent now in hopes of finding work in the future.\n5 Reasons Gen Y is Unprepared to Survive Recession, Layoffs\nThe current economic downturn is the first one Generation Y will experience as working adults. There resulting budget and job cuts may come as a complete shock to this entitled, demanding generation. Do they have enough grit, experience and manners to bounce back?\nNine Ways to Get on the CFO's Good Side During a Recession\nIT leaders must prepare to cut costs and communicate their plans with their CFOS in this weak economy. Forrester Research identitifies nine ways CIOs can prepare for the looming recession.\nGot Recession? Think Global.\nA recession in one country doesnt mean you cant start focusing on growing your business elsewhere. First analyze, then strategize.\nVenture Capitalists Wary of Economy, But Don't Expect Another Bubble Burst Just Yet\nAnalysts say Web 2.0 and green tech could see more sluggish funding as venture capitalists worry about exit strategies.\nThe Art of the New Deal\nTake it from the masters of vendor management: Despite a looming recession, now is the right time to push vendors for a better deal and to make industry consolidation work for you.\n5 Reasons Gen Y May Survive Recession, Layoffs Better than Gen X and Boomers\nGeneration Y is known for being high-maintenance in the workplace. So when an economic downtorn brings Gen Y workers pink slips instead of promotions, you might think they'll wither like flowers. In fact, they may be better positioned for surviveal than their older co-workers.\nAttitude Adjustment: 5 Things Gen Y Can Do to Survive Recession, Layoffs\nWorkplace experts agree that Generation Y professionals may have a difficult time surviving a recession because they're not used to having to make sacrifices and because they've never lived lived through an economic downturn before. Here's what members of Generation Y can do to prove those experts wrong.\n20 Tips for Surviving a Layoff, From Someone Who's Been There\nAn IT manager who lost his job earlier this year offers his advice for getting back on your feet and into the IT job market after a layoff.\nHow CIOs Are Responding to the Economic Downturn\nThough many IT leaders are making weekly and monthly adjustments to their IT budgets, they continue to focus on the long-term and make investments in virtualizaion and business intelligence.\nInnovating Through an Economic Downturn-Don't Hibernate, Innovate!\nIT Leadership: Best Practices for Surviving an Economic Downturn\nAn economic downturn means upping the ante. Consolidating projects, fair layoffs, remembering customers and thinking twice will help get you through.\nIndia Adds 10M Mobile Subscribers Despite Economic Downturn\nSome mobile subscription gains due to waning of fixed line connections.\nSun Says Q4 Profit Drops, Warns of US Economic Downturn\nU.S.-based companies make up 40 percent of Suns revenue, many affected by recession.\nWill the U.S. Tech Industry Continue to Defy the Economic Downturn?\nAT&T, Apple, Microsoft and others report strong demand, remain optimistic despite downward economy.\nTSMC Sees Big Revenue Drop, Spending Cuts As Downturn Bites\nTSMC cutting its spending by 20 percent in hopes to thwart affects of economic crisis.\nIDC: Economic Crisis to Bolster Cloud Computing\nCloud computing lets businesses gain and maintain IT affordably.\nVenture Investor has High Hopes Despite Economy\nEven during a recession startups still take shape, thus keeping venture capitalists in business.\nInternet Economy Looks Strong, Some Experts Say\nRecession hits some industries badly, but not the Internet economy--online advertising and e-commerce both remain strong.\nCIOs Trim Spending, Desktops Make a Comeback and More\nThis issue of Trendlines from the 9\/1\/08 issue of CIO magazine covers IT budgets, the return of the desktop, SaaS and the fight against cancer, why developers think the CIO is clueless and recent changes in the C suites around the country.\nRecession Proof Your IT Budget\nAn economic downturn in one market sector will leave some people proceeding more cautiously in others.\nWall Street Financial Crisis to Lead to Layoffs in IT\nIT consulting firm Janco Associates estimates that 13,000 IT jobs at Lehman Brothers\nRecession-Proof Yourself: How to Save Your Job When Layoffs Are the Order of the Day\nWhen times get tough, it pays to communicate your worth. Also valuable: diplomatic skills, teamwork and some detective work to anticipate what's happening at your organization.\nWorried About a Recession? How to Hold the Line on Your IT Budget\nThe recession may not be official, but companies aren't waiting to rein in costs. Here's how to get smarter about what you spend on IT.\nDoes Your Work in IT Matter to Wall Street?\nThe truth is that IT matters a lot when systems and networks go horribly and publicly wrong. And that IT run very well is difficult for Wall Street analysts to notice.\nCredit Suisse CIO Jumps Ship to Merrill Lynch Amid Industry Turmoil\nWith the financial services industry in rough shape, veteran CIO Tom Sanzone leaves one company that's in a bit of hot water for another that just suffered its worst quarter ever.\nWhat You Can Learn about Risk Management from Societe Generale\nWeak IT access controls cost the French bank $7.2 billion. The case should prompt you to rethink how you balance IT security with employee access to critical systems.\nHow to Keep Wall Street Analysts Happy\nMost financial analysts aren't experts on technology, but they know how to spot an IT-induced financial fire. Here are three hot spots to avoid.\nCredit Suisse's Balancing Act\nGame-changing IT projects require time and investment. Wall Street likes quick wins and cost savings. How one public-company CIO balances the two.\nHow IT Executives Can Help Speed Up Financial Reporting\nWhen it comes to closing the books, the benefits of speed are undeniable. And CIOs are uniquely positioned to help their organizations reap them.\nCIO Job Search: A Real-Life Chronicle\nJob-hunting CIO Mark Cummuta offers advice and insight on navigating the ups and downs of a job search.\nManaging IT in a Recession\nWhat should CIOs and other IT leaders be doing to prepare?\nIT Value Metrics: How to Communicate ROI to the Business\nCIOs are always faced with pressure to justify their IT expenditures. Now, new research can help correlate those IT dollars spent with business value accrued.\nHow to Present Your IT Budget\nHere's how to make your next budget presentation a winning proposition.\nTaming Telecom Costs\nMost companies mismanage telecom expenses and planning...and are now asking the CIO to fix the problem. Here's how to take stock and clean up the mess.\nWhat Service-Based Costing Really Means\nA concept from ITIL could make a huge difference this budget cycle.\nHot IT Jobs: Head of IT Finance\nWhat you need to know about the requirements and responsibilities for this position.\nPenny Pinching All-Stars\nEight CIOs share their tips on how to do more with less.\nGood Stuff Cheap\nCIO's tour of the secondary market\u2014its characters, its characteristics, the products and the prices that are insane!.\nBest Practices for Surviving an Economic Downturn\nTips to avoid making hasty\u2014and bad\u2014decisions when being asked to cut costs.\nManaging Your IT Staff Among Rampant Layoffs\nWhat's in store for CIOs as you manage IT staffs? Less spending and more managing, for one thing.\nWhat It Means to Run IT Like a Business\nThis mutual mandate from the CEO, the CFO and the CIO will turn IT from a credibility-damaged cost center into the aligned business partner it needs to be\u2014and always should have been.\nThe Best Best Practices\nWith the mandate to run the IT function like a business, you also have to be a CEO: planning and executing IT financial controls, marketing campaigns, HR strategies, customer service efforts and all the other disciplines that make a business run.\nIT Spending: Your Budget Playbook\nBlindside your CEO with a simple plan that benefits you while telling him what he wants to hear...spending money on making people more productive, not adding computers.