Five years behind the times

Ready for 2020?  Advice for Every Career Stage
Mary Brandel
Computerworld, August 2010.

” Information technology has always been a fast-changing field. But nothing compares to the expected sea changes in the next decade that will impact the career plans of every generation of IT worker. “The rate of change has accelerated dramatically,” says Alain Chesnais, president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and founder of Visual Transitions, which specializes in computer graphics and social networks. Consider, he says, that graphics chips are doubling in capacity every six months. That translates into a thousandfold increase in capacity over a five-year period — the average shelf life of most game platforms. “We’ve never seen anything like it in any industry,” he says….

…Druby agrees that colleges are in continual catch-up mode and have only recently added project management and soft skills training to computer science programs. “They’re about five years behind where they need to be,” he says.”

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