: Outsource-proof yourself"> Gartner, in an Aug. 15 report titled "Anarchy Knocking at the Gates of IT Security," rationalized that if "no" is the default response from the IT department, user populations will simply conspire against IT, creating an endless game of whack-a-mole. "But you cant just relax control," Robin Simpson, Gartner analyst, wrote in the reports summary. "You need to find a way to delineate between the business and personal computing worlds so they can work side-by-side and the boundary can be secured."Step 3: Outsource-proof yourself Outsourcing and offshoring, two economic realities that contributed to ITs reputation as a less-than-ideal place to work, show no signs of letting up. Technology company CEOs predicted that their use of offshore services will increase over the next several years, according to a 2007 CEO Survey released by Deloitte May 1. Nearly half45 percentof the respondents stated that they were currently offshoring, and 55 percent said they planned to offshore jobs in the coming years, so much so that nearly one-third expected to have 10 percent of their work force offshore in five years. This has left IT professionals questioning what they can do to outsource-proof themselves. What most recruiters and analysts suggest they do is find ways to move up the proverbial career ladder. Globalization need not have universally negative consequences; it also creates opportunities for technology workers to position themselves as liaisons in outsourced relationships. "Build your business skills," Brady said. "Its really important to have these midlevel positions such as project manager or business analyst and to find ways to advance into these roles. IT professionals should build their business skills and consider career moves that will jump them from business to IT and back again." Moving beyond pure technical skills into the management arena creates a value proposition for an IT professional that cannot be easily commoditized and sent elsewhere. "The first thing is to become more than a tech worker," said Lanzalotto. "Become a business worker. Be one of those people who started as pure tech players and became businesspeople." He gave the example of a project manager who started out doing database management, then moved to an ERP (enterprise resource planning) project and eventually began managing a portfolio of business projects. People like him are able to leverage a tech background and database management expertise, which is something that every company needs, to prove that they could manage business or technology projects equally well. Page 4: IT Planner: 5 Steps to Better Job Security
IT professionals will make more meaningful relationships within their organizations by ceasing to say "no" by default, and instead asking, "How do we allow good things to happen safely?" Mann said. "Move beyond How do I control everything to How do I keep things in order," Mann said. "Learn to lose control without losing control."