When Rich Houle joined Northern Trust Corp. in 2001, application development projects were dropping on his infrastructure team like marbles hitting a tile floor. Application teams had his IT staff scrambling to meet requests to build out the network to support their work.
Luring IT professionals to Dover, Del., is like dropping a baited line in a well-stocked pond. The state of Delaware's IT department in Dover is netting an average of 100 resumes per job, although a year ago 25 was a big catch.
In late January, an avalanche of 15,000 spam e-mails took down a midlevel Simple Mail Transfer Protocol gateway server at a major credit information company, bringing e-mail to a grinding halt for 10,000 end users in 35 countries.
After working more than 30 years in IT, Gregg Saffer knows the rigours of the pager. He once had to cancel a Disney vacation after he got called in for the December holiday break to implement changes to the payroll system.
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