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IT Talent Shortage: Ugly Truths
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11/7/2014 | 9:41:46 AM
Disposable Commodities after 30+ years
After 30+ years in the IT industry, I too have recently gone through the "disposable commodity" experience being downsized from a position in higher education I had been in for over 12 years.  The good news is that I found new work, but it was very difficult and left me reflecting on the industry in which I've been employed for so long.  Are we now treating our expertise like an aging desktop PC that cannot run the current programs?  I hope not, because the real issues of managing IT for organizations are far less about the technology itself and more about the people managing the technologies.  Writing a bit of code or upgrading a network infrastructure is trivial compared to providing skilled leadership to the team of individuals doing the ground-level work.

Those of us who have been in the trenches building teams and delivering successful outcomes on time and within budget possess the "soft" skills that only experience can provide. (You know who you are out there.) Unfortunately, I see little evidence that such skills are being treated as an asset or being put to use - at least in the way recruitment and hiring is generally being done.  

Maybe we need a consortium of "old-school" geeks to address this disconnect?   
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