Thereʼs a popular childrenʼs book called Whereʼs Waldo, in which the lead
character - with his signature red-and-white striped shirt and somewhat goofy
expression - is obscured by various collections of people and things. Heʼs
hidden, but in plain sight (if youʼll excuse the oxymoron) and itʼs the
young readerʼs task to locate him in every illustration. By the end of the
book, children become adept at locating the enigmatic Waldo in a glance.
We can only hope that this instructional parable reminds us of how sometimes
the simplest truth can be obstructed by our need to make things complex. And
so it is with the new world of work. If you want to know where the jobs are,
hereʼs a hint: Theyʼre in plain sight.
You might call this new, adult game Whereʼs the Work. And the stakes
couldnʼt be higher.
The Case of the Disappearing Jobs - Or Not
In listening to politicians a... (more)
JDJ Editorial Board member Yakov Fain writes: One of my resolutions this year
is to start teaching part-time Java-related classes in some college. That's
why I started browsing the computer science course lists that are being
offered this year. While graduate-level programs offer many interesting
courses, the situation is different in the undergrad world.
Some schools keep teaching how to multiply matrices in Ada or work with
algebraic expressions in Prolog. Half of the courses are preparing
professionals who will be operating on another planet. Information systems
programs look... (more)
Your manager Frank started the meeting by saying that the budget for the new
project had been approved, but half of the project will be outsourced to a
great team from overseas. Can you imagine, their rates for Java programmers
can go as low as $15 an hour!
No, we're not losing anyone from our team, and you should take it as an
opportunity to work as team leaders, helping our new partners to hit the
ground running. No, this wasn't my decision; it came from above.
Three Months Later
Mary. I've asked them to add two fields to a JTable on the Invoice screen.
The data are being retri... (more)
Software is now increasingly provided as a service; in other words, it is now
offered as a hosted application that users access through Web browsers. Many
companies see this as an effective way of outsourcing some of their IT
requirements. However, they face an increasing number of integration issues
as part of this strategy. Many are turning to ESBs for a solution.
As the use of Software as a Service (SaaS) increases, there is a growing
realization that companies making use of SaaS applications need to integrate
them within their overall IT infrastructure. This means that data ne... (more)
Achieving compelling value from information technology is critical because IT
is typically an enterprise or government agency's largest capital expense.
Increasing business complexities and technology choices create greater
demands for justification when making IT investments.
Cambridge, MA-based analyst firm Forrester Research recently reported that,
"Business and government's purchases of computer and communication equipment,
software, IT consulting, and integration services and IT outsourcing will
decline by 3% on a global basis in 2009 when measured in U.S. dollars, then
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