Interesting reading, bu I don’t know. I did not find the op-ed overly offensive. My interpretation of ”Those willing to work will find more than enough to make the journey worthwhile.”
was that of a career journey rather than moving overseas. (Or maybe it’s just wishful thinking).
I see the ghostwriter as saying that even though the economy may have bottomed out and is on the upswing, IT still lags behind. The IT world is evolving and not really sure what or how next IT model is going to be shaped, and as the evolution continues, the global IT market will in time balance out through normal supply and demand forces. The statement ”IT workers must shift their focus to skills that are in demand, rather than compete with offshore commodity providers.”
could be taken two ways. Firstly, (s)he could be saying, don’t fight the offshore movement, join it, or (and the interpretation I prefer), recognize what types of jobs are going overseas and don’t try to compete with that, rather, develop the necessary skills and focus on the areas that are not going overseas. Here education becomes a key parameter in the equation, as these skills will not be in the areas of rote programming or on that same level. New and different technologies will come into play, and those who position themselves to adapt and to apply these new skills and technologies will move to the head of the class. The industry is evolving, and not sure just where it may end up, but it could be a fun ride with payoffs at the end for those who work with it – getting educated, staying educated, and working to bring these types of new and probably more advanced skills and technologies to bear in the IT workplace.
As far as the status of journalism, gloom and doom sells. As far as the specific cases cited, I consider them to more of the same type of hyperbole that is often used to rally people around some issue, making it seem far worse than is actually is. That’s the easiest way to motivate people – sell the bad news, FUD, gloom and doom, and so forth. That being said, I have not doubt that some IT professionals have been looking for jobs over long periods of time, because it is a tough market. As a case in point, consider the number of resumes Janjua receives on a daily basis. But you are absolutely right, it does portray IT, and some of its people, in a not too favorable light, but look around you. Let’s be honest with ourselves, look at the skills and talents of those who profess themselves to be IT professionals, not focusing on any one or two individuals, but rather the overall state of talent, skills, and professionalism within the industry.. We are carrying a large tonnage of dead weight at all levels. I don’t think we as an industry are doing a great job of representing ourselves as true professionals. We have an overabundance of quantity without a lot of quality.
And to bring it back to the original article, perhaps (s)he is trying to say that even though IT is in the poor shape right now, the answer may not be in trying to recover IT, but rather to re-invent IT. Certainly not a repeat of the DotCom fiasco (don’t even want to go there), but rather as a better, more fundamentally sound, business IT model with more practical and symbiotic uses of new technologies, with people educated and trained on how to utilize the tools. Embarking down that path may well just be a worthwhile journey.
Then again tomorrow, I may not feel so optimistic.
As a circle of light increases so does the circumference of darkness around it. - Albert Einstein