Jobs In Danger All my clients are pressing me for software that improves productivity, which will allow them to cut their workforce or almost eliminate
new hires. In the past they were reluctant to spend the money necessary for this type of software, but no longer. One of our efforts eliminated two people, and you can bet they will not be rehired regardless of the economy ("Squeezed," April 14, p. 34; informationweek.com/935/squeezed.htm).
People are being used by politicians who tell them, "Elect me and I will turn the economy around." Colleges are misleading students by convincing them that the sheepskin will guarantee them a high-paying job with a future.
In the end, the person who takes your next order at the fast-food place will probably have a college degree, and a bad economy will be blamed. Donald Dunlap
President, Computer Systems Integrators, Irondale, Ala.
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If people are willing to pay (taxes, legal fees, etc.) for issues relevant to offensive snail mail, then why should E-mail be excluded ("Block Or Accept Mail, You Decide," April 7, p. 8; informationweek.com/934/stahl.htm)?
Perhaps it's time for someone to step up and create, in earnest, a for-profit Internet organization for proactive regulation and discipline of such issues as spam and cybercrime. Aaron Revell
Good software will always require talented and well-trained people to develop ("Let's Remake Future, Not Relive The Past," April 7, p. 84; informationweek.com/934/evans.htm). The trouble is that the United States no longer has a monopoly on them.
Only innovation and a country that nurtures free enterprise can win this war. Unlike the war on terror, winning this war requires that we keep our doors open rather than close them with too much protectionism. Kevin Coyne
Senior VP, NetStar Systems, Vienna, Va.
In "Remodel The Net's Tower Of Babel" (April 14, p. 58; informationweek.com/935/babel.htm), the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles uses software from Smart Communications Inc. to standardize text on its Web site.
The Business of Going DigitalDigital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.