re: IT Talent Shortage Or Purple Squirrel Hunt?
Of course there is age discrimination in all of tech! Even with the extreme election-winning focus on most forms of discrimination as an incentive to vote for a candidate, age is curiously left out. Its as if "old guys" (no, not leaving out the other gender, its from MIB) don't keep up with today's happenings in IC's, cloud, HTML5, Samsung S4, Note 3, newer forms of Agile development, mobile, BYOD, etc. And, of course, write off a lifetime of experience making the same mistakes that those with big credentials, but are chronologically challenged, are about to make.
Then there's the question of "degrees". In the dark ages of computing and networking and IC, etc. there were NO academic courses available -- as great as our institutions of higher learning are, they are often behind the invention / commercialization curve in course development. OK, I'm a CDP from the DPMA -- Anybody?? Answer -- a Certified Data Processor from the Data Processing Managers Association -- how's that as an anachronistic term for "IT"?
H1B's -- we live in a world-wide environment as everybody in IT that connects through a gazillion routers to far flung users knows. Now that we (in theory) have parity in wages for our foreign visitors, the question of cheaper wages is diminished, so yes we are down to simple discrimination based on when one was born. I think that is not only as wrong as not listening to somebody because of their race or national heritage, but is blatantly stupid -- If you don't value somebody who is both "experienced" and up to the femptosecond on IT and tech, you have no interest in beating the snot out of your competition -- or providing your organization with the true asset great IT can be.