IT Pros Need New Skills
Since giving birth to the digital revolution, the United States has led the way.Since giving birth to the digital revolution, the United States has led the way. American IT workers, innovators and entrepreneurs have blazed new technological trails at an unprecedented pacebringing tremendous wealth to the U.S. economy, creating new industries and transforming existing ones, and offering new job opportunities for American workers. This unparalleled record of accomplishment was made possible by the worlds best IT work force. Last year, IT employment in the United States fell for the first time, leaving thousands of highly skilled American IT workers jobless. This decline was caused by several factors, some domesticsuch as the dot-com bust, Sept. 11 and a reduction in company IT spendingand some international, as nations began to capitalize on investments in developing an IT work force and infrastructure and on their comparatively lower wages. I am confident that many of the domestic factors will soon pass. However, global competition for high-skill jobs is here to stay.
America must never vie to see who can pay workers the least. Instead, we must find ways to win on our own termsoffering IT innovation, value and excellence that command the wages needed to maintain our living standard. Were going to have to be faster, better, more productive, more business-focused, more creative and more innovative. Our IT professionals must stay at the forefront of IT in technology and in its applications to business and be ready for the new frontiers of IT in biotechnology and nanotechnology.