"Linux has enjoyed rapid growth as a server operating system
over the past couple of years. It has a 24% market share of the
server market and, according to industry analysts, that figure is
set to increase. The rise in demand for Linux has a knock-on
effect - it leads to an increase in demand for skilled Linux staff.
Experience counts for much, but for professionals and their
employers, if Linux experience is lacking, the solution is training
and certification in the Open Source operating system."
"One important cost consideration when weighing up the benefits
of implementing a Linux solution is the price of re-training for
the company's technical staff. This can discourage IT management
from deploying a Linux solution. Re-training can be expensive, but
it is usually outweighed by the savings that the Linux OS can bring
over a longer period of time. Rather than looking at the cost of
re-training as an expense, companies often end up seeing it as an
"Holding on to good technical staff in the present industry
climate is of paramount importance. The skills shortage has lead to
experienced and certified staff almost naming their own figure when
it comes to initial salary negotiations. The freedom to move easily
between highly paid jobs means that more IT professionals are
looking for a challenge, and job satisfaction in the workplace.
Re-training of staff would offer that new challenge thus leading to
greater job satisfaction and more loyalty to the employer. After
all, the quick buck can be earned at any technology company,
challenges and job satisfaction are harder to come by."
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