Do You Have A Future In IT?
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User Rank: Apprentice
10/22/2014 | 2:57:12 PM
Role for Project Management

Creative destruction is an ongoing reality. Economist Tyler Cowen makes the point in great detail in his book "Average is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation."

I see a continuing and growing role for project management and change management staff. Are you seeing that trend as well?
User Rank: Strategist
3/6/2014 | 11:42:16 PM
Re: Dazed and confused
Hi Petey -

Thanks for your comment.  The audience for this column is anyone who works in an enterprise IT organization.  Young or old, male or female, whatever ethnicity - we are all in the same boat.  The fundamental operating model of the IT organization is changing and it will require that as IT professionals, we change with it.  

The mention of Amazon, Google, etc. (which do generally tend to employ younger staff) was simply made to point out that if you intend on being a pure technologist in the future, that you had better be prepared to compete for jobs at those kinds of companies (and against the younger applicants they attract) because those roles will be significantly diminished in the IT organization of the near future.

Although I should also point out that, ironically, even the internal IT organizations at companies like Google, Apple and Facebook are coming under similar pressure.  The fundamental model is shifting and no one will be spared.  So the question - and the point of my column - is what each of us are doing to adapt and prepare for this future.  No matter your station or stage in life, if you work in Enterprise IT, it is a question you must be prepared to ask and answer.

User Rank: Strategist
3/6/2014 | 9:34:19 AM
Dazed and confused
I'm confused about the audience for this type of article. It mentions amazon, google etc which by my calculations have a business history of maybe 15 yrs which is an entirely different organization than say General Electric or perhaps an insurance company etc. Sometimes it's better to clarify the audience because I don't think general assumptions apply. For example my guess is that internet company staffs are much younger than more mature industries and even among these industries there are huge staff differences. The article appears to be targeted towards older IT workers but I'm not really sure. IT covers such a wide spectrum of services I'm not even sure the premise applies.

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