future of IT

Business/IT alignment
though today IT industry is seeing a stedy growth, what will be the real future of IT industry.is there any chance of another regression.

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Everything is cyclical. We repeatedly streamline our jobs, which allow us to do more with less people, but new technologies also require more people as they ramp up.

Your best bet is never to become complacent and try to keep your skills current. I realize that this is a very difficult thing to do when deadlines loom on a daily basis, but it is imperative. From a management point of view, managers owe it to their employees to foster employee growth through training. Stagnant employees are unproductive employees.

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  • BigBob
    There is always an up and coming market/product/feature. By building market awareness, you can be assured that you and your company are capitalizing on that NEW IT foundation. Constant research and IT market interaction will help narrow the percentage of failures in your development(s).
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  • Cecrane
    I strongly believe that the future of IT will be driven by the ability of IT professionals to merge into the business functions and become visable as direct contributors to the bottom line. If we do not make that transition, then we will become obsolete. So I see a split in the traditional IT roles. The infrastructure support role (i.e. system managers, dbas, operators, etc.) will become an out-sourced function as the remote management tools and lights out data centers mature. It is the IT professionals that do the application development and support who transition into business functions and organization that become the future of IT. At least that is what I believe....
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  • smford
    cecrane makes a very good point. However, I wonder what the impact will be on upper management as "IT guys" begin to rise in the ranks? Will the enormous costs of IT be more readily accepted, or will there be more scrutiny placed on IT because "the man upstairs" actually understands what's going on in IT? Funny little thought, actually!
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