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 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.
As the effects of these types of advances ripple across the corporate world and combine with the forces of the Web, mobile computing, consumerization, and virtualization, "traditional IT organizations won't look [the way] they do now," says Thomas Druby, an IT executive and former CIO at a large insurer.
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