IT Talent: Ugly "Realities"
What a concept - built quality teams where members of all experience levels can leverage each other to build exceptional products. I don't know of a CEO or CIO who would not want to do so; however, that's not what the customer is willing to pay for. They want it cheap, and they want it bad. So, they'll get it cheap and bad or they'll go somewhere else. Utopia is a great concept and, I'd like to work there too, but alas, that's not reality.
We live in a capitalistic marketplace and despite its drawbacks, t's still the best in the world. Add in the fact that we're competing in a truly global economy, especially the IT industry, and the fact is, we adjust or become irrelevant.
It's time IT personnel, who were in such demand in the early days of IT, and who have been taking companies to the cleaners demanding salaries which were driven disproportionaly to extreme by supply and demand, learn that being a Prima donna no longer works.
The new reality is that you must establish your niche then begin training for the next one, because technology will continue to move at the speed of light, and if you spend time crying in your spilt milk, you'll find yourself starving while others pass you by.
As a CEO is don't lose sleep over finding qualified IT personnel. There's always someone ready to jump ship for a decent salary, benefits and a new challenge. Sure, they'll jump again, but there'll be someone behind them that will jump right in to fill the void. Again - not the answer IT people want to hear, but it's the new reality.