This week: Romney gets a running mate; IT hiring and The Cloud

Romney gets a running mate – the race is now set. 

Elsewhere in presidential politics, with Congress failing to pass the Cybersecurity bill last week, the Obama administration is apparently considering exercising the White House’s executive authority to impose cybersecurity mandates . Regardless, Time says he has a winning campaign issue.

Following last Friday’s jobs report, Network World stated the largest IT employment gains in four years and Dice reported a  6.3% increase in management and technical consulting services and 7% increase in computer systems design and related services.

Yet just last month the press said tech layoffs hit a 3-year high. And Network World‘s source, David Foote, CEO at Foote Partners, conceded that “Many companies are looking for superstars and workers we refer to as ‘walking Swiss Army knives’ — those with the right mix of technology, business and people skills to handle some very tough jobs.”  That and the elusive and ill-defined “cloud skills”. Which I think are one in the same, as put forth in this UK blog post “Cloud and the IT skills gap“. The silo positions at end-user organizations will continue to thin out, either lost to automation or redistributed to service providers. As we have said elsewhere on this site, IT’s long-term future is in The Cloud.

On the subject of Cloud, Tech Republic provides a really informative comparison of IaaS services.

Finally, see InfoWorld‘s “20 IT gotchas: How to avoid these common big blunders“. Very relevant to the IT manager…. a replay of our “greatest hits”.