Tomorrow's IT Workforce: Tech-Savvy, Business-Focused

By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2006-10-09 Print this article Print

Gartner analysts say young turks will replace aging boomers over the next decade.

ORLANDO—We're in the midst of a workforce sea-change, as the vast crop of Baby Boomers, now dominant among the IT workforce, retires, to be replaced by tech-savvy twenty-somethings over the next decade.

That was the message voiced by several Gartner analysts Oct. 9 at the consultancy's annual Symposium and IT Expo here.

As technology-minded youngsters take their place in corporate America, including the nation's IT departments, they will bring with them a passion and an expectation for the latest and greatest in technology.

How businesses respond to these high expectations will go a long way to determining their ability to attract good people and thereby retain a competitive technology edge, said Gartner analyst John Mahoney in a presentation.

If companies' IT operations are heavily outsourced so that they can't respond with leading edge systems, they'll be at a disadvantage in attracting the best and the brightest, said Gartner analyst Linda Cohen in an interview.

Read the full story on eWEEK.com: Tomorrow's IT Workforce: Tech-Savvy, Business-Focused

Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on Zcast.tv. He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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