D. Brown: If you start looking at the globalization of IT and the skills available around the world ... if you go around to different parts of the world, the cost is staggeringly low for the caliber of resource youre able to get. There are command and control issues, but these can be managed. I have to question, if some young individual came to me and said, "I want a career in IT," Id probably say, "Well, OK, you can go out and code, but thats probably not something you can look at forever." If you want to get into IT, [the key is] understanding IT but cultivating business skills. Project management skills are also important.The systems we install today are much more sophisticated and frequently do not have to be modified by changing the code. These more flexible systems also allow us to use more resources in other parts of the organization to do things once done by the IT department.eWeek: What should IT people be doing now to be ready for when things improve and there are more opportunities? D. Brown: I tell my folks to come in and talk to me. Im not always going to tell you what you want to hear, but once people know youre willing to have that kind of conversation, it gives you a degree of latitude in what you can talk about. C. Brown: The other thing is that this is a great time for people to develop themselves. Its a great time to invest in you. D. Brown: Thats very true. Every individual can look at themselves and say, "I can take a class. I can upgrade my programming skills to stay current with todays languages and techniques. I can get my MBA." A key point: Its up to you to manage your career, rather than saying its up to the company to do it for me. Related Stories:
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