The article about the recent Bain study ("Top Execs Say IT Can Inhibit Growth," Aug. 26, 2004) has me thinking about correlation versus causation. I know they have a lot of smart folks over there at Bain, and I'm sure they thought of this, but your article seems to suggest that some companies spend less on IT because they don't realize business value from it. Isn't it possible that they realize less business value because they spend less on IT?
VP, Delinea, Dallas
Why Students Shun IT
So business is worried that there may not be enough IT graduates to meet their needs ("By The Book," Aug. 16, 2004). The young students of today have learned the lesson well: Business calls the game and the rules.
How can businesses expect college students to go into IT when they see all the jobs going offshore? Why end up with a master's or a Ph.D., large student loans, and no IT jobs so you end up at Wal-Mart? I know several IT professionals who have gone back to school to get a degree in some area of medicine so they can have a more steady job.
Business is getting its just rewards for offshoring jobs.
Joseph M. Brown
President, Brown Consulting, Fullerton, Calif.
H-1Bs: No Better Choice
Together with sympathizing with Sam Soliz's feelings, I beg to differ with his view ("End H-1B Visas," Aug. 9, 2004). What should a company do if it can't get a position filled by a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident in a particular area of expertise? Should the company suffer in the name of protecting U.S. jobs? Should it compensate for the position with an exorbitant package to lure the talent? Or should it look outside the borders of the United States?
If you look at the picture from the business perspective, the first two options don't make much sense, do they?
Senior Unix Systems Administrator, DirecTV, Los Angeles
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