Does a skills shortage threaten the business value agenda? - Many CIOs predict that a significant shift in the IT skills portfolio is occurring and are therefore concerned about the acquisition of critical skills.
Considering current trends that include outsourcing of development and support the increasing strategic role that IT plays for corporations, many agree that skill demand is shifting to project management, leadership, business process analysis, and communications displacing software development and infrastructure and operations as the most important skills. (of course the given is that you have solid development, infrastructure and operations skills in place) Skills like leadership and project management require the longest time to develop internally and are the hardest to source externally, given the importance of understanding an organization's business context.
What is the impact of Autonomic Computing on IT roles? Because AC is focused on building more consistent, standards based self-managing technologies for IT infrastructures, some jump to the conclusion that AC will eliminate jobs. But what we are observing is that AC's impact is not so much about eliminating jobs -it is more about the elimination of tasks characterized as mundane and repetitive. I would contend that AC is, therefore, a fundamental enabler of one's ability to shift focus and time from repetitive development and support tasks to leadership, business process analytics, project management, etc.