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Research: WAN 2012 Staffing Survey

Best Practices: Application Performance

Wide Area Networks, Narrow Job Prospects

The bad news: WAN specialization is not a growth opportunity unless you work for a ­distributed enterprise or service provider. Only 10% of 1,391 respondents to our ­InformationWeek 2012 State of IT Staffing Survey say their organizations will increase staffing in WAN administration. The only specialty less popular is social media. Ouch.

The good news, if you’re already a WAN pro, is that it’s unlikely you’ll lose your job; just 4% of respondents say they plan to reduce staffing levels in this area. Still, if you’re doing WAN administration now and want to move up, it’s time to make a move. Luckily, there are projects that will place renewed emphasis on WAN administration. (R5811012)

Survey Name   InformationWeek 2012 State of IT Staffing Survey

Survey Date   July 2012

Region   North America

Number of Respondents    51 respondents citing wide area networking as a top area of staffing increase

Purpose   To gauge wide area networking staffing trends in the enterprise.

Methodology    InformationWeek surveyed business technology decision-makers at North American companies. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were ­recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email ­invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.

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