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September 11, 2020

Industry News: September 7-11– IT Services Demand, Integration of Security with IT, and Remote Learning Gets a Helping Hand from Microsoft

Ann Carpenter

Every week we highlight cloud computing and technology news of interest. This week we’re covering positive signs for recovering IT services jobs, the impact of the pandemic on small-to-medium businesses, integrating security with IT projects, how Microsoft Azure is helping with remote learning and a look at IT strategy in the next normal.

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Despite a slight rise in the unemployment rate for IT occupations, the IT services sector is showing promising signs of recovery. CIO Dive explains why an increased demand for cloud services is one of the main factors driving IT services growth here.

It’s no secret that the pandemic has resulted in an uptick in cyberattacks – and that means added strain on small-to-medium business security teams. A new survey is shedding light on just how big of an impact COVID-19 has had on IT security budgets amid the shift to remote work. Dive into the results in VMblog here.

A new survey indicates that integrating security into more IT projects and operations is becoming an increasing priority for organizations. InformationWeek breaks down the findings and discusses why when it comes to the cloud, the “lift and shift” approach may cause new opportunities to be overlooked. Read more here.

With students headed back to class – many in remote fashion – Microsoft is lending a helping hand. Visual Studio Magazine is giving us a look at Azure Cognitive Services, which is meant to offer developers the tools needed to “empower” learning at home or in the classroom. Learn more here.

The initial shock of the pandemic and accelerated digital transformations caught many IT teams off guard. But it seems this experience may help in the future. A new survey found that 58% of IT professionals say they’re now more prepared to succeed in unexpected situations. So, what will IT strategy require in the next normal? Help Net Security explains here.

About Ann Carpenter

Ann is the head of demand generation and blogger at Navisite with more than 10 years of experience working, writing and developing content for technology companies while living in the U.S. and in countries around the world. She currently lives in Atlanta, Ga., with her husband and newborn son.