Re: Where the IT Jobs Aren't
Wow, this article was an eye-opener in itself, but I really feel like I have to thank @TerryB for the exhaustive (but not exhausting) overview of the role of social and collaborative tools in a manufacturing environment - and in an enterprise in general! Like he said, taking that from someone who's been in IT since the 80s really puts it into perspective and helps me get a solid grasp on what we're talking about when we say 'changing skillsets'. There are broad cateogies, and then there specific categories - those distinctions do matter, but what counts the most is learning as you go.
As for the shift in IT jobs, well... there's a lot to say about that, too. I'm not surprised to see my home state of Massachusetts represented on the map, but I might have thought it would have been in the maximum density set. I suppose that's because the graph was by number of jobs, not percentage of jobs or what-have-you. Anyway, I too am surprised at the stark rise in manufacturing jobs - not necessarily the fact that there's a rise, but at the size of it. That's a pretty big leap. No doubt that's do to an increase in other technologies (IoT-type stuff, more smart devices on the floor like TerryB mentions) as well as customer-facing technologies.