Our advice: We would recommend broadening their skills in four areas:
One last suggestion: Ask yourself whether you would lose any competitive advantage if an application were identical to one used by your worst competitor. In fact, there's no way to get competitive advantage from a payroll application or a general ledger application. And so, if a generic application can be used without damage to the business, you can buy a package or contract development to Bangalore. However, there will be applications that provide customer services (or business insights) that can set you apart from your competitors, and your people should continue to drive those.
-- Wes Melling
Humayun Beg, TAC Thought Leader, has more than 18 years of extensive experience in business IT management, technology deployment, and risk management. He has significant experience in all aspects of systems management, software development, and project management, and has held key positions in directing major IT initiatives and projects.
Beth Cohen, TAC Thought Leader, has more than 20 years of experience building strong IT delivery organizations from both the user and vendor perspectives. Having worked as a technologist for BBN , the company that literally invented the Internet, she not only knows where technology is today but where it's heading in the future.
Wes Melling, TAC Expert, has more than 40 years of IT experience with a focus on enterprise IT strategies. Melling is founder and principal of Value Chain Advisors, a consulting boutique specializing in manufacturing supply-chain optimization. He has been a corporate CIO, a Gartner analyst, and a product strategist at increasingly senior levels.