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O'Reilly Network: Heading for a Safe Harbor in a Rough Market

Jul 29, 2001, 15:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David HM Spector)
"In case you haven't been watching the news lately, massive downsizing (which is a euphemism for "firing" so that shareholders get more "value" for the shares) is really in fashion in 2001. Now, we all know that someone has to be there to run the data centers, develop new products, and answer customer calls, but in this downturn, many companies are being penny-wise and pound-foolish in their layoff strategies and are slashing large swaths through their technical staffs. These layoffs are driven by a panic, and the layoffs themselves may do more to kill off technology companies than poor sales or a slowing economy.

Anyone who has spent a long time in the computer business knows that the only thing constant is radical change. There has never been "stability" -- things are always "feast, feast, feast" or "famine, famine, famine." The big question is how to make sure you can survive market downturns until the good times come back again. This being a Linux in the Enterprise column, I'll present some ideas on how to make sure that you're still around, and how you can do this by leveraging your Linux skills."

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