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From bust to boom — with a catch. Study suggests skilled and innovative workers may defect to other communities because of the Bay Area’s (California) costly homes, creaky transportation infrastructure, and beleaguered public schools system.

"We’re doing well as a region, but there are risks," Wunderman said. "The high cost of living makes this a destination for a narrow group of companies and industries. We have to be able to continue to attract these innovative companies because every major region of the country and the world is also seeking these companies."

IT outsourcing according to Tom Koulopoulos

If you’re dedicating much of your IT to "keeping the lights on" types of activities that are commodity, you are probably not going to be innovating as quickly as you could have in those core areas.

The Only Shortage in IT Hiring Is Common Sense

The fact that there’s a shortage of IT workers and developers may come as a surprise to the tens of thousands of tech workers who have been laid off in recent years and now find themselves unemployed or underemployed.

Working from home is working. Employee desires, quicker Net fueling telecommuting

More than 30 years after the lifestyle began inching into corporate culture, there were almost 14 million Americans telecommuting at least part time in 2004, and an additional 7 million running businesses from home, according to the Labor Department. Human resources experts believe the number will continue to climb because more workers are demanding flexibility, and because high-speed Internet connections make telecommuting easier than ever.

Federal Telework Picking Up Speed

"More than half of federal IT professionals still are unclear about how telework programs will impact FISMA compliance," Peterson said. "This is clearly an opportunity for industry, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Office of Management and Budget to step in and tear down a major roadblock for telework growth."

A viable alternative to offshoring "Urban meets Rural" by The Center to Bridge the Digital Divide at Washington State University

"There is a lot of tech-related work that can be handled in rural communities," she says. "In fact, there is little limit to the abilities of the population you now find in rural communities, particularly as more people seek to return home to their roots and look for jobs in those communities."

Work in your pajamas? This call center allows it

"A lot of people want to work at home, so they want to work for us," said David Meine, executive vice president of O’Currance. "And once we have an employee start working at home, one of the only reasons why they would leave us is if they move or they don’t need the income anymore."

Computer Technology Opens a World of Work to Disabled People

Fast computers and broadband connections have become so inexpensive and reliable that location is now not an issue for certain jobs, like customer service.

Market Is Hot For High-Skilled In Silicon Valley. Lower-skill jobs moved to cheaper locations.

Past tech recoveries tended to bring new lower-skilled jobs as well as high-skill jobs. This time, tech firms — from big companies like Hewlett-Packard Co. to mid- and small-size firms such as Netflix, Adobe Systems Inc., and SanDisk Corp. — have moved lower-skill jobs out of the Silicon Valley area to cheaper locations, or outsourced them to foreign countries.

Keeping Older Tech Workers On The Job Longer

A 2003 survey of AARP members found that eight out of 10 want or need to work part-time or full-time even after they’re eligible for retirement, says Allen. "We want to help bring these people together with the employers who’ll need them," she says.