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Are Green Jobs Recession Proof

Are Green Jobs Recession-Proof?

The recession has been grim. Every time you read more depressing statistics relating to the world’s economic woes it’s almost impossible to see anything positive. However, there is some news that points to a brighter future. In a previous post I wrote about green jobs leading to a good future and it seems that may in fact be the case.

Newsweek put out a list of ten recession-proof jobs (as recession-proof as you can get these days I guess) and sustainability-related jobs took four spots!

One of them was solar energy, here’s what Newsweek wrote:
“With 80 percent of oil industry employees facing retirement in the next decade, now’s the time for America to invest in renewable energy… And, aside from replenishing the oil and gas industry with younger workers, green energy (including nuclear) will see strong growth and increased employment rates, especially under an administration focused on clean energy initiatives.”

Wind energy was next on the list. According to a 2006 study released by the Renewable Energy Policy Project cited in the Newsweek article, researchers found that 2,000 businesses in Michigan could use wind turbine technology as an employment alternative for ailing auto workers. It went on to state that “as that industry declines, nearly 34,000 new jobs could be created by simply reorienting workers from their current manufacturing jobs to those focused on creating renewable energy for the state.”

Overall green business was also on the list with a continuing demand for eco-oriented project managers, attorneys, engineers, etc.

Energy efficiency was also listed as a recession-proof job, citing the need to fill green jobs that technology has created. As developments of these new technologies continue to flourish, more and more employees will be needed to see these projects through.

I guess it’s safe to say that jobs in the sustainability field are ones that will help us in riding out this recession and moving forward. To me, it’s just another example of why ‘green’ is indeed the way to go.

www.newsweek.com

stream of information

Protect Stream Of Information Coming Into Your Company From Multiple Sources

About 2,500 years ago, the Spartans seemingly perfected cryptography by ingeniously wrapping a thin sheet of papyrus around a staff called a skytale. Today, while our encryption and data security methods have significantly improved, the need for securing data is just as relevant. And with the advent of cloud computing, new methods must be refined and perfected in order to compete in the online world of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS.

In case you’re wondering, the above-mentioned acronyms are not part of tech-geek poetry. They stand for the newest methods by which technology is developed and delivered. SaaS stands for Software as a service; PaaS stands for Platform as a service; and IaaS stands for Information as a service. And while we’re at it, let’s make sure we define another hot term right now, cloud computing. This essentially means that the information that used to reside on your desktop, such as most software applications, now resides on a server owned by the company that developed that software. Hence, Software as a service (SaaS). Developing and licensing software or other technology from a cloud environment is a rather new and preferred method. And if you bring up “the newest cloud application to hit the enterprise market” in your next business meeting, you’ll sound very smart.

The common mantra thus far has been “use the cloud only if security is not an issue.” However, if we are truly going to utilize the power of the cloud, the mantra should be “architect your cloud solution around a sound security model.” The cloud offers too many rich opportunities to be relegated into a space where security is an afterthought. But how do you build security into a new and evolving technology like the cloud, thus protecting the flow of your company’s intellectual property?

There are now some tried and true best practices, as well as unique approaches to securing IP data flowing into the cloud. The first is standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). For instance, many companies utilize Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) as their preferred method for data encryption. WCF allows the company to implement a robust security layer around all user data flowing into the servers. Through this encryption process, the security layer ensures no one is eavesdropping on sensitive data. In addition, all messages are signed to further ensure data integrity.

Companies should implement security measures that make sense for their unique scenarios. One way to ensure that customer data is secure is through a three-step algorithmic approach. First, all SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) messages are “owned” by the user. For example, if “Jon” uploads data to the servers, that line of communication is unique to Jon and can only be used by Jon. Second, to further ensure data integrity, the unique communication line that belongs to Jon also belongs to Jon’s group, or platform. Therefore, he can access data about his group, but no one else’s. Finally, the user and group binding is not only implemented in the call from the application, but also bound to the databases in the company’s servers. In essence, each user has a “tunnel” to their data that is designed in such a way that no other user can penetrate that tunnel, nor can a user expand out of his or her tunnel. Data is thus very secure.

At first glance, the casual reader may assume a paranoid approach to data security. However, in order to facilitate widespread adoption of the cloud for enterprises, security must be built up front, and continually improved as the software evolves. By employing standard security techniques, coupled with vendor-specific approaches, IP data can be safely secured, allowing enterprises to confidently employ the power of the cloud.

Lisa Nisleit of Color Repro Consulting

Color Repro Consulting

Lisa Nisleit
Color Repro Consulting
Title: President
Est.: 2001 | www.colorrepro.com

Lisa Nisleit was working for a large format printing company in 2001, when a client suggested she branch out on her own. She liked what she was doing and her accounts were satisfied with her performance, but Nisleit was frustrated that all the services she wanted to offer her clients weren’t available.

That’s when she decided to take the leap and launch her own business.

“The first thing I did was go out and visit as many accounts as I could. I wanted them to know that I would be the one-stop contact,” Nisleit says.

Color Repro Consulting’s primary services include printing for large format projects, trade shows, pamphlets and any other printing needs. Instead of customers dealing with a variety of vendors, Color Repro is responsible for every aspect of the project, from recognizing the types of services needed to completing the job and locating the suppliers and products, to printing and finishing the job on time.

“It’s project management, not just printing,” Nisleit says.

Her determination and focus on vendor-client relationships has helped transform her idea into a successful business.

“We depend on (vendors) to assist us with taking care of our clients. They depend on us to bring them work. Our clients depend on us to complete their project on time and on budget. Everyone is happy,” Nisleit says.

After holding a variety of jobs, including positions in retail and even in the semiconductor industry, running her own business was not something Nisleit expected to do.

“I’m still amazed that I’m still here after all this time. At the beginning, it was a week-to-week thing, but I’m still here,” she says.

The early hurdles of running a business, such as cash flow problems, were something Nisleit encountered but overcame. Now, Color Repro has developed a reputation as a dependable printing company that will work hard to meet its customers’ needs.

“We find ourselves always being the go-to people. So many projects are last minute. One of the biggest industries we deal with is construction and architecture. These companies put together their proposal projects to submit, and then we’ve only got a couple hours to print it,” Nisleit says.

Delivering on her promise to get the job done on time and on budget is a key ingredient to the success of Color Repro.

“It is our job to know who is in this town who can turn things quickly on a budget,” Nisleit says.

Through hard work and determination, Nisleit was able to lead her company to success. Her future plans for the business include moving to a new, larger location and hiring more employees.

For all the potential entrepreneurs out there, Nisleit has these simple words of wisdom: “Take the risk. If it’s something that you really want to do and it’s something that you love, you’re going to be successful at it.”