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Does Anyone in IT Truly Relax on Vacation?

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Does Anyone in IT Truly Relax on Vacation?

That IT professionals work on vacation is as obvious as sand on a beach. Some see it as part of the job bargain, and maybe there's something to relish about being indispensable.

One recent survey found that 67% of senior IT professionals are expected to be available during vacation, said TEKsystems, a staffing agency that conducted the research.

This percentage sounds low. Something in the range of 95% sounds more believable, but that's just a guesstimate based on telephone interviews and emails from some IT pros.

Everyone, it seems, does some work on vacation, unless they're joyriding with James Cameron 6.8 miles down into the cellphone signal-less depths of the Mariana Trench. On Mount Everest, at least, you can bring a satellite phone.

For IT pros such as Osvaldo de Lima, the CIO of ECOM Group, a 160-year-old multinational agriculture commodities trading and processing company, there is no escape from work, just accommodation.

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