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PowerShell MVP Don Jones has a new article about the growing need for PowerShell consultants – PowerShell experts to help IT departments automate using PowerShell.

In the past few weeks, I’ve heard from a dozen or more organizations that are starting internal projects to automate specific tasks using PowerShell. Try as they might, these organizations haven’t been able to get their team up to speed quickly enough. In most cases, it’s because they’ve got their IT folks so overworked already that there’s just no bandwidth; in a couple of cases their team has been… well, let’s call it “reluctant.”

(As an aside, I can’t think of anything more dangerous to one’s career than being “reluctant” to learn a new tech that the organization has decided to use.)

As a result, there’s a cottage industry springing up to meet the need. Now, in most cases a decent .NET developer can be pretty effective with PowerShell, especially if they take the time to learn how to use it properly rather than treating it as a “.NET scripting language.”

As PowerShell continues to permeate more and more of the Microsoft – and non-Microsoft – IT landscape, I imagine we’ll see more and more independent contractors offering it as part of their services. And there’s certainly no shame in an organization using them over internal resources; as I pointed out, so many internal teams are already overwhelmed. Having a contractor automate something in PowerShell offers you the ability to support that going forward, since PowerShell is still pretty straightforward to learn.

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This is interesting, because I am looking at doing some PowerShell and/or Foglight consulting*.

* In case you didn’t know, I was the development manager for Quest Software’s vFoglight in another life, and developed many of the dashboards for vFoglight and the Foglight Transaction Recorder/End User Monitoring.
** Quest Software is now part of Dell.