I’m sure I am not the only technical professional who has pondered questions like:
- Are my skills becoming obsolete?
- Am I becoming too expensive to do the things I’m good at or like to do?
- What kind of skills do I need to develop to stay gainfully employed? (keep from getting fired - play defense)
- What kind of skills do I need to thrive in the future? (get promoted - play offense)
In the article she has some interesting quotes such as:
- “The most sought-after corporate IT workers in 2010 may be those with no deep-seated technical skills at all.”
- “IT departments will be populated with "versatilists" -- those with a technology background who also know the business sector inside and out, can architect and carry out IT plans that will add business value, and can cultivate relationships both inside and outside the company.”
- “the skills required to land these future technical roles will be honed outside of IT. Some of these skills will come from artistic talents, math excellence or even a knack for public speaking -- producing a combination of skills not commonly seen in the IT realm.”
Also, for anyone who has had their head in the sand, you may want to see these for a little motivation to consider the future. (hint) Both of these are focused on the latest and greatest SOA technology, not legacy code.
- From my humble employer from back in March, IBM Launches Global Business Solution Center to Accelerate Global Delivery Network New Center in India Will Develop and Manage Reusable High-Value Consulting Solutions
- From the worthy opposition (competition) only about two weeks ago, Accenture sets up shop in India Center to focus on R&D in systems integration and software engineering.
You may also want to check out some of my previous posts which address similar issues related to our changing and evolving careers:
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