Shadow IT thrived in the early years of desktop computing. But system complexity and security demands shut down the non-IT users performing IT functions. Cloud computing, software as a service and IT responsiveness issues are bringing Shadow IT back into the light. Good or bad? That jury is still out.
It's disturbing to read articles about companies refusing to consider unemployed applicants for jobs. Many - perhaps most of those who became unemployed since 2008 - are in that situation through no fault of their own. Part of Portfolio's mission is to "harness the power of the unemployed" by using these outstanding experts who are now available to work for our clients. For businesses that aren't recognizing what a tremendous talent pool is out there, I'm sorry for you, but better for us.
Some of my friends and readers may think I'm newspaper bashing, but it's not true. I love newspapers. So it saddens me to read in the NYTimes that 2009 was the worst year for the newspaper industry ( http://tinyurl.com/yao4fmf) since 2008 (which was the worst year since the Depression). But it is even more depressing to read (http://tinyurl.com/ykev33j) that Tokyo researchers have created a robot that performs what the article describes as "journalism". Wrong. A robot may be able to take a series of sports stats and turn it into a reasonable facsimile of a sports story. But a robot cannot be a journalist. Sadly this is an craft grossly undervalued at most newspapers today.