Working in the clouds

IT Careers 2020: Cloudy Days Ahead,
Julia King
Computerworld,  August 2010.

“Welcome to the IT organization of the year 2020 — and brace yourself, because it’s a far cry from the department you find yourself in today. Computer programmers have gone the way of the typing pool. So have one-dimensional technology specialists like network engineers. Deeply technical professionals with multiple certifications in virtualization, networking and security technologies work primarily as component engineers and IT architects. Job titles include cloud architect, cloud capacity planner, cloud infrastructure administrator and integration architect. “

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IT workers also need “soft skills”

Nine Nontechie Skills that Hiring Managers Wish You Had (and How to Get Them)

By Thomas Hoffman

Computerworld, November 12, 2007

“When it comes to technical skills, you either have them or you get them. This years salary survey shows that theres demand for a broad range of skills, many of which have been hot for several years (see our jobs report snapshots).

But what else makes for a great IT hire? In their continual struggle to align IT with the business, IT executives say theyre increasingly looking for staffers who have, in addition to technical chops, solid business acumen and so-called soft skills, like strong communication and listening abilities. “

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.”

Life in 2020

Just Imagine…what will life be like in 2020?
CNN Special Website, 2009

Presents a variety of topics using video and web pages to explore what life may be like in 2020.
The future of learning

Interview: Yasuaki Sakyo

Yasuaki Sakyo, president of Shibuya University, believes that education should be lifelong. At Shibuya, courses are free and open to all; classes take place in shops, cafes and outside; and anyone can be a teacher.