What IT will look like in the future – Ever think of working with mainframes? – And it’s not a pretty picture when it comes to women in tech.
So, you’re the IT workforce. How’re you changing? Let’s look at what some observers say. First, you’re becoming less focused on building and delivering services and more focused on integrating and managing them. Big companies increasingly want to hire smart, tech-savvy, business professionals for 20- or 30-year multifaceted careers – not simply for careers in IT. You’re going to work in a different environment: Some expect a number of trends will continue to gain steam over the next ten years. Like globalization, increased specialization, and more demand for certifications. Most dramatically, the cloud will allow IT jobs to be virtualized, like servers, storage and desktops are becoming virtualized. Finally, the most in-demand skills will be data-mining, security, and IT risk management.
Companies like IBM and CA Technologies are struggling to replace the Baby Boomers who support their mainframe businesses. IBM has created a curriculum designed to encourage the teaching of mainframe skills and distributed it to schools in 61 countries. Meanwhile, CA has changed the look of mainframe software to make it more appealing to the generation that prefers the iPad, iPods to a terminal interface. Actually, I guess they prefer pretty much anything to a terminal interface.
The number of women in technology has been growing in recent years. But still, they only have a small portion of IT leadership positions. According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, 25 percent of professional IT-related occupations in the U.S. workforce were filled by women in 2008. Only 11 percent of corporate officers in Fortune 500 tech companies were women. The center has a lot of data. Check out its website.
— Mark Feffer