re: IT Age Discrimination Or Employee Inertia?
The article is an oversimplification of a very complex issue. Here's a better simplification: bottom line is that your company probably doesn't care what you did for them five years ago or five minutes ago. Companies today care mostly about meeting the short term objectives laid out by whoever their owners are. The bigger the company, the less they'll care about or will even consider your personal contributions. If you fit the mold of someone who should be cut (we need to save money, we need to do it with the smallest possible loss of headcount, so we'll do it by cutting expensive workers - period), then you'll be cut.
Smart older workers should not count on the loyalty of anyone around them. It doesn't exist. You should have your eye on the next thing you want to do, and be ready to pull the trigger at any time. If your company is hurting - if their business is weak, if their plan for success doesn't make sense to you and isn't likely to hing on you, you should be looking to leave it. Your company is a loser, and you owe it nothing - because when push comes to shove, that's how the company will view you. Everyone is infinitely replaceable.
Always be looking, always have a plan, always think about how you could make your life better or at least as comfortable without your current job. You may never need to pull that trigger, but if you do - you'll be very happy you were ready.
Sure, this is a cynical view, but it's about self preservation. No one, and I mean no one will look out for you but you. Count on it. Take it to heart, and you'll fair much better than those who believe that if they they do well by their company the company will do well by them. That's only true up until the moment it isn't.
If you're skill set won't land you a new job, figure out how to update it while you have a job. If you aren't aware of three or four places where you could go if you had to, figure it out. Think about it, have a plan, be prepared. Someone somewhere will probably view you as this article suggests: "we got rid of expensive circuit-switched phone calling in favor of less expensive IP-based services". Whether it's true or not, if you know yourself to be in a high paid job at a weak company, someone somewhere sometime will think about laying you off, because there is always a lower cost option - no matter how good you think you are. In every layoff good people get cut along with bad people.
It happens all the time. Own it, understand it, plan for it. And if you can find yourself a way into a better company, take it. Loyalty doesn't exist - period.