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Things to be thankful for: IT executives on Thanksgiving 2009

This has been a tough year, yet there are always things to be thankful for. Indeed, the upside of the worst of times may just be to make that clear. Pondering this over the past few days with Thanksgiving approaching, I asked around to find out what things some of you were thankful for, from technologies to the softer side of managing. Here are some of your responses.

“What springs to mind immediately is that [the recession] has given us (IT) the chance to dig into regrouping, planning, reorganizing and streamlining our processes and architecture to be positioned so that we are able to meet increased demand with aplomb. Thank goodness we had that chance, because that demand has already begun with a vengeance!” — Kendyl Peebles, IT director/department manager, Clancy & Theys Construction Co.

“The sense of humor and the absurd of my staff; Windows 7; virtualization.” — Joanne Kossuth, CIO and vice president for operations, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

“I am thankful for having a talented and dedicated team of professionals who have never lost their focus, passion or commitment in these difficult times.” — Larry Bonfante, CIO, U.S. Tennis Association

“Our industry is going strong and gold is well over $1,100! We made a lot of headway towards standardization and process improvements and we have many key projects in our pipeline for 2010 that my team is excited and ready to execute.” — Shelly Barnes, director of PMO, IT Services & Infrastructure, Newmont Mining Corp.

“That my company considered IT part of the solution (rather than a target) to finding better, less expensive ways to get work done.” — Niel Nickolaisen, CIO and vice president of strategic planning, Headwaters Inc

“Not having lost anything that really matters during this year of greed and idiocy. I’m truly thankful for being reminded of what is important.” — Les Johnson, CIO, North Coast Electric Co.

And we here at and TechTarget are thankful for all of you, who contribute to our efforts in so many ways as readers, as sources, as advisers and even as friends. Thank you for a great year so far, and have a great holiday!

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