The erosion of IT’s middle class

Makala hii nimeamua kuibandika kwa lugha yake kutokana  na umuhimu wake  hasa kwa wataalamu wa ICT, kwa hisani ya  DS mchambuzi nguli wa masuala ya ICT Tanzania.

If you are a mid-level IT staff member, you will need to improve your
skills to move into that top tier and preserve your place in an IT
organization. If you fail to make that transition, then you are likely
to suffer “brain drain” and you will move into that lower tier.

If you have spent a lot of time in the IT industry and you are just now
reaching that middle-tier skill set, your career is at a crossroads. You
can choose to stay where you are, but in doing so you risk being made obsolete by a robot or Java/Python script. If this scares you, then you
should invest in your professional development, learn to be
cross-functional, and try to learn how to control the software components that will make you more efficient at your job.

However, if you are at the lower tiers of the IT food chain, you can rest assured that your “smart- hands” will continue to be needed. As Judge Smails in the movie Caddyshack said so eloquently, “Well, the world needs ditch diggers too.”

These developments are driven by a number of things. Among them: the rising cost of “down-time” as organisations become more and more reliant on IT; the rising cost of real-estate and energy for power+cooling as the hardware assets are increased; the fixed overhead costs of IT resources (people+kit) that cannot by elastically adjusted according to the business environment; the very tangible demand for mobile-access to systems by clients and staff alike; the fact that factories are inevitably evolving their products towards reducing their own costs of production and management by taking advantage themselves of outsourcing and Cloud.

There are additional reasons, that list can be much longer, but those
that I have mentioned are among the main factors that are being
considered by CEOs and their Finance departments when seeking greater value-for-money out of the investments they are being forced to make into IT. And the impact is that of reducing the “middle-class”, as described.

I must admit that prior to my joining IBM, this trend was much less
noticeable to me. But with the exposure I am now getting to the inner workings of our labs, factories, customer priorities, all around the globe, I can say that denial or resistance is futile especially now that “Cognitive Computing” has become a reality.

Many of you may not believe this but back in 1986 or so, I was
pooh-pooh’d big time for saying that one computer per organisation was insufficient, instead the future would be of one on every desk and all inter-connected to share data. Then the same happened in 1994 for saying that fax and telex would soon be rendered obsolete due to the Internet.At present we’re on the verge of seeing IT, after helping to better manage or automate our manual job-flows, is increasingly helping to better manage or automate our IT job-flows too…

So definitely, people in IT-based jobs need to keep on evolving their
skills to stay ahead of the technology and not become the victims of its evolution. Reading the article shared by Dharmin is a good start. And exploring the resources offered by the authoritative and diverse http://www.coursera.org http://www.coursera.org could be a useful next step…

With regards,
DS.

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