Thinking of a Raise? Think Again!
Getting a raise is cake when the economy is booming and your skills are in
short demand. All you have to do is ask and maybe be willing to walk to a more
generous outfit. But that apparently is not what we have today. Despite low
unemployment and decent economic momentum, IT
jobs are growing slower than a Dutch Elm
. If you want a raise today, you
have to ask real nice
and maybe be willing to stay
at your less
Gates: Take Two
Two of our star reporters, Ed Scannell and Stuart Johnston, teamed up to find
out how Microsoft
might live without Bill. The verdict: As irreplaceable as Bill might be,
Ray Ozzie and new research top dog Craig Mundie are up to the challenge. And
no one seems to think that Bill, who'll stay on as chairman, will back entirely
away from the company he started some three decades ago. These two writers have
as much experience covering Microsoft as Bill Gates has years (about 50 years,
in case you were wondering), so their thoughts are well worth checking out.
Now You Can Call Yourself an Architect, and No One Can
If you follow MCPmag.com (when we changed to the name Redmond, we kept
this site, which focuses on certification and technical/admin-type issues),
then you know all about the new high-level Microsoft Certified Architect designation.
Incredibly difficult to get (you won't be calling me an architect anytime
program just went live. If you have more than 10 years of serious IT experience
and know your way around the enterprise, you might want to give it a whirl.
If you pass, don't use it to design an addition to the Guggenheim -- but
you could revamp its network.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.