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Patchy years ahead for software users

IT administrators struggling to keep up with patch work. Dale Sweitzer, a network administrator for Crossville Ceramics in Tennessee, has hit a rough patch — or series of rough patches to be exact. Sweitzer, who handles security for 160 geographically dispersed PCs running Microsoft Corp. software, says that he spends more time and money applying software patches than he does doing almost anything else on the job, and he’s not alone. Although vendors like Microsoft have been working recently to simplify software patch delivery, the problem remains a critical one for IT administrators who are struggling to keep up with all the patch work. From filling security holes to upgrading features, the act of applying patches, or putting a new piece of software code over an old one — has become for many a full time job. Full Story

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