Where The Jobs Are
The editorial on technology careers couldn't have been more timely ("Technology Will Remain Vital," April 21, p. 8; informationweek.com/936/stahl.htm). Unfortunately, many graduates don't explore careers in the public sector, specifically in law enforcement.
Our "business" is information, and technology has made a significant difference as to how we do our jobs. Law enforcement's demand for technology graduates continues to grow. The work is both exciting and rewarding. Carl R. Baker
Chief of Police, Chesterfield County, Va.
Things Have To Improve
As someone who has been in the programming and system field since 1969, it has never been this bad ("Critical Path," April 21, p. 36; informationweek.com/936/career.htm).
There are two main causes: the overhyped Y2K event and the perceived shortage of competent technical workers. The first caused a lot of misguided panic spending. The second caused companies to look overseas for help.
There is a sufficient number of good techies. Of course, many aren't good. In the Y2K panic, companies brought in a lot of underqualified, overpaid bodies. We're all suffering the backlash.
I was laid off in 2001. I'm working as a part-time instructor. My students can't find summer internships in the field. The campus placement office can't find homes for graduates. I tell my students that things have to get better. Michael Klaene
Instructor, Cabrini College, Downingtown, Pa.
Separate, Secure System
We keep reading these articles on security in InformationWeek and other publications. Surely we're not the first company to set up (years ago) a separate system for company records and tax accounting, with controlled access separate from our online systems, rather than set up elaborate protection on a totally networked system that can be hit from the outside.
So far, so good. J. Pat Geis
Principal, Energy Design Group, Santa Rosa, Calif.
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.