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Wake up to -- IT personnel need to focus on the business

automation2.pngIT Business Edge had a story titled: Lost Generations of IT People in the Cloud focused on the fact that automation is to have a huge impact on both the number and the function of IT employees in the coming years. It states:

“It’s pretty clear right now that a fundamental shift is underway in terms of how we manage enterprise IT. Most of that shift gets wrapped up in phrases such as ‘cloud computing’ and ‘data center convergence.’ But when you peel back all of the marketing hype, fundamental change is coming to the way IT is managed.”


This backs up a prediction made in my 2011 predictions post where I stated:

“I believe that automation will be a watchword for 2011. Automation at every level of IT and business ranging from robotics, data center configuration and virtualization, all the way up through the automation of goal-oriented, pattern recognition and decision-making based on sensor information


For years, tech journalists have been urging IT organizations to get to understand the business. The ones who didn’t get it are the ones who are going to be left behind by rampant automation, and it is happening.

Gus | ‎01-06-2011 03:08 AM

I'm surprise of not seeing more substance when dealing with automation.

Pls see a more substantial article about IT automation and the effects on job losses/creation of opportunities.

Automation has a price, it is not just novelty or a light subject to follow it up to what happen in this year.

| ‎01-06-2011 03:00 PM

The focus of many of the articles is that IT workers need to raise their game in order to work in an area at a salary level organizations are willing to pay (to paraphrase the article you mentioned). As sensing and controls increase more activities can be performed automatically. This frees up the workforce to focus on higher value activities that require their creativity and insight. It is a different kind of work. When I was first starting in the workforce this phenomenon was cynically described as "change the worker or change the worker".


IT has gone through this kind of effort many times over its life-cycle. Whether it is the movement from the mainframe (and its need for "tape hangers" and "data entry clerks") or the shift to client server or mobility. The skill-set needs to change to meet the business need of the day. It is a personal choice, if the individuals or even organizations want to keep up. There are other options available.


The article you mentioned discussed shortage issues to a large extent. In some cases, whole areas of effort go away over time. The typical example I can recall is the "buggy whip" manufacturer. It didn't matter how good the craftsman was if the demand goes away, and this is issue is not unique to IT. Fortunately for those who think ahead a bit, their skills can usually be applied elsewhere.

| ‎01-06-2011 08:33 PM

I was going through some of my old posts and had one on this very topic back in 2009

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