re: IT Spending: Innovation Talk Vs. Survival Walk
I completely agree, going forward the bulk of IT dollars are going to be needed to keep systems from completely failing. From a programmer and consultant point of view, I don't even understand why most systems haven't failed already. We are heading for a perfect storm and it is called "I quit". I can tell you first hand that there are so many programmers floating resumes right now that the musical chairs that's about to happen could collapse the industry.
Everybody is talking about the baby boomers retiring and the brain drain that it will cause, but what about the brain drain of having 20% of your most talented people walking out the door over the next 24 months? This about to happen folks. It is also about to happen at a point in time when the IT industry has been running on 2 spark plugs. Did I forget to mention IT shops running on 2 plugs AND loyalty being ZERO! Come on, what do you think will happen? ---and THEN the baby boomers will retire! It sure doesn't look good from where I am standing.
I see it first hand every day that the companies that outsourced the most are at the most risk. Do you think an Indian programmer in India is any more loyal to an American company than the Americans who watched their friends get fired? Turnover is already a big problem in India right now--so much for loyalty over there!
The projects that were outsourced have now become the boat anchors to the business and are already are at end-of-life whether management chooses to realize it or not. Just try to advance one of those outsourced projects. I'm not seeing it happening anywhere. They are all stuck in mud. I see delays and failures happening every day and did I forget to mention that you no longer have any control?
The smart companies have already started bringing their projects back and are doing so very quietly so that they can hire up the few remaining highly skilled American programmers before the rest of the industry gets wind as to what is really going on. Why do you think the demand for programmers keeps inching up? It's a quiet movement because they know that by the time the rush starts all the chairs will be taken! Do you really believe that India, Inc. is going to hand all those projects back? Good luck!
I can't believe how disconnected magazines like this are to the movement and how all this is still happening under the radar, yet it seems like its an open secret amongst many programmers who are watching all this play out. Wake up! Corporate IT is about to fail, and the leaders (readers of magazines like this) are enjoying the good music on the deck of the Titanic,
....You have no idea what is coming over the horizon! If you haven't figured it out by now then you may as well just relax and enjoy the show. If you haven't already started bringing your projects back home by now then it's probably too late! You already missed that boat. There just aren't enough good programmers left over here because most of them have all been kick out to make room for the freshers with fake resumes coming from offshore. Why do you think there's a skills shortage? Duh!
The title of this article nails it on the head "Survival Walk" but I really don't believe you know just how right you are.