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Chief information officers generally are willing to spend money on extra staffing and capital investments if the expenditures can produce good returns on investments, said Deborah Vazquez, chairperson of a business promotion group called the South Florida Technology Alliance. The alliance organized a conference last week where chief information officers from a variety of local companies expressed cautious optimism about IT spending this year.
Though some local companies have cut staffing in information technology, market demand for seasoned IT professionals remains robust, Vazquez said. “Even though there’s a bigger supply of IT candidates out there, companies still have an issue finding the right candidates, the people who have a passion, the A players,” she said. “The last people companies let go are the A players.”
Vazquez owns Fort Lauderdale-based IT staffing firm ProTech Personnel. “We are busy,” she said. “We have about 52 active openings to fill right now. … On average, we usually have anywhere between 45 and 70, 75 openings, so that’s a little on the low end of what we have been seeing in the last couple of years. But it’s still very healthy.”
The economic recession has been tolerable for her because “this is not a technology bust,” she said. “This is a housing and real estate bust that has trickled into other industries, including tech. I don’t think any industry has been untouched, but I really believe technology is going to be one of the first industries to come back.”
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