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Survey Shows Impact of Mismanaging Windows Admin Rights

A new survey of 1000 British IT personnel this month reveals several hidden dangers of (and massive costs due to) mismanagement of user administration rights. According to a release prepared by Avecto, a Windows privilege management specialist and the survey’s sponsor:

  • 19 percent of those surveyed missed a critical deadline as a result of being denied full access to an application
  • Nearly 30 percent believe they don’t have access to all the applications they need to get their work done
  • 16 percent of respondents would be tempted to use their admin rights to access sensitive data if they still had them after they left their company
  • Nearly one in four call IT support three or more times a year because they can’t get an app to work due to issues with admin rights (the average of all respondents is 1.77 calls per year)
  • More than 1 in 5 people taking the survey say they know someone in their organization who has breached IT security policies

Paul Kenyon, Avecto’s COO, noted that “Being denied access to work applications has a greater impact on men than women -- with half of men saying it has caused them problems compared to just a third of women. It also worried more men, with a quarter fearing that they won’t be able to access the technology they need to do their jobs. Perhaps this ‘loaphobia’ (Lack-Of-Application-Phobia) will be the next big thing worrying the UK’s workforce?”


Masterbranch Unveils Professional Network for Developers by Developers

Masterbranch, a site used by 500,000 developers to showcase their 1.5 million projects, has added a new "Project Leaderboard" that ranks its contributors’ Open Source projects using DevScore, its own system for assigning a numerical rating that factors in developer contributions, project reputation (downloads, followers, likes, etc.), and the reputation of co-workers.

The site, which automatically updates and scores developer’s projects, has added a "Company Wish List" feature that lets developers contact companies directly with, along with project and skill information, their relocation preferences and salary requirements.

It strikes me that Masterbranch in some ways is a cross between a sophisticated jobs/talent board and a social site. It serves as a venue for displaying a programmer’s talent instead of their (often-boring) résumés, and could be a good source for enterprises looking for coding talent. On the social front, the new “Connections” feature allows developers to connect with other developers (and only developers) and connect with people working with colleagues or other people they might know.

VDI Projects Are Hot, But Half are Stalled

A new study of 500 IT professionals funded by Virsto Software confirms what most IT professionals already know: virtualized desktop initiative (VDI) projects are hot, especially among most midsize- and large-enterprise IT organizations. Unfortunately, they’re being hampered by three factors: cost, performance, and end-user complaints.

Over half (54 percent) of respondents are involved with VDI -- they’ve either started a pilot project or have implemented a VDI project. Of those projects, however, 46 percent are stalled “due to unacceptable end user performance and projected cost overruns.”

According to a company release, the survey also found that

  • Two-third (67 percent) of respondents plan to work on a VDI project in the next year. Among this group, three-quarters (76 percent) say cost reduction and ease of management are driving their initiative.
  • Over half (54 percent) have a budget target per desktop (including storage, licensing, and end points) of less than $500
  • 65 percent of respondents selected VMware as their deployment hypervisor; 12 percent chose Citrix XenServer, and 8 percent selected Microsoft Hyper-V. Half (50 percent) plan to deploy VMware’s View desktop solution.

-- James E. Powell
Editorial Director, ESJ

Posted by Jim Powell on 04/20/2012

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