The whole realm of cloud computing and its effect on the IT work force remains a popular topic, though it feels like we're having our palms read at a carnival. Who knows what IT's fortunes will be in the future?
Writer Jason Hiner at TechRepublic, however, maintains that because most workers have used technology for at least a decade and often want to select and set up their own technology, most companies don't need that much in the way of IT staff. He sees the future of IT boiling down to just three jobs:
As our Mike Vizard has pointed out, that means a cultural change in IT from managing devices to managing services:
... a combination of technical, economic and cultural issues are coming together to force IT organizational change. Rather than being seen as simply letting that just happen to the IT department, IT leaders would be well advised to be the ones seen as driving those actual changes.
In arguing that government IT job numbers fail to fully count the profession, analyst David Foote has long made the point that many IT roles these days are hybrid positions that reside within the business units. It would seem that many more tech jobs will be going that way. My colleague Ann All has written that work force development will be among the CIO's biggest challenges.
Ann quoted Charles Feld, former CIO for Frito-Lay, founder of the Feld Group consultancy and author of "Blind Spot: A Leader's Guide to IT-Enabled Business Transformation," saying that CIOs must help develop "versatile, multidisciplinary, multicultural leaders who can think strategically about systems and patterns and who can take leadership of an organization and drive execution."
So while the traditional IT department is shrinking, technology remains vital to that coveted holy grail, business agility. That means there will be tech jobs, probably just different ones.