IT Management: Stay Employed Through 2010

Wednesday, 2007-January-17 at 15:14

IT Management has an article, Five Tips For Staying Employed in IT Through 2010.  The idea is that our constantly-changing field will continue to change.  The author argues that we need to develop better people and business skills, while broadening our IT skillsets, both of which are true.  However, he concludes that businesses will stop looking for specialists and begin to look for generalists.  I wish that were true, but managers tend to say, "we are using technology X and technology Y, so that is what we are looking for".

Some companies even do things like cut back on employee training.  Do you really think that someone that cuts back on employee training is going to value broad skillsets?  I don't.  That person will instead seek to reduce costs even further by exporting the work to outside companies in foreign countries.

Moreover, "Issues around global sourcing have hit people very strongly in this area. And when companies move services to another part of the globe, the people whose jobs are affected don’t have anyplace to go within that company."

Still, it is a good article, and more likely to be correct than incorrect.

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