PLOTTING YOUR FUTURE in the Global IT Job Market

Gincel, Richard
July 2005
InfoWorld;7/4/2005, Vol. 27 Issue 27, p28
Trade Publication
This article addresses issues related to the evolution of the information technology (IT) job market in the U.S. as of July 2005. The growing reliance on offshore partnerships and the spectacular spread of the global marketplace are leading to the revamping of business models, the reshuffling and downsizing of IT outfits throughout the U.S., and the shifting of workforces across continents. This rapid evolution is forcing tech workers to realign their skills to advance their companies' core business needs while putting a premium on agility and international-business acumen. As more and more companies seek their competitive advantage offshore, stateside technology workers are struggling to find what their edge will be in the years ahead. Fortunately, U.S. workers willing to adapt will find themselves with several options to stay gainfully employed. Hiring managers and outsourcing specialists point to an increased demand for managerial positions that incorporate broadened project-management skills. They also point to new titles, such as business transformation architects, and the prevalence of client-facing roles that simply cannot be outsourced. As IT departments are increasingly relied upon to deliver a substantial part of the business value of their organization, hiring managers will be looking for business skills in addition to core science, math, and engineering skills. INSETS: Who Will Be In -- and Out -- in the IT Job Market;Honing Your Management Skills to Get an Edge;Honing Your Management Skills to Get an Edge.


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