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Keeping Yourself Marketable. Kathy Lane Senior Vice President and CIO The Gillette Company. May 15, 2003. Projected Number of Unfilled IT Jobs by 2005: 1,200,000 Source: The Meta Group, June 1999. Projected Unfilled IT Jobs. 1,400,000. 1,200,000. 1,000,000. Unfilled IT Jobs.

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keeping yourself marketable

Keeping Yourself Marketable

Kathy Lane

Senior Vice President and CIO

The Gillette Company

May 15, 2003

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Projected Number of Unfilled IT Jobs by 2005: 1,200,000

Source: The Meta Group, June 1999

Projected Unfilled IT Jobs

1,400,000

1,200,000

1,000,000

Unfilled IT Jobs

800,000

600,000

400,000

200,000

0

1999

2005

1999

That Was Then…

  • Demand for IT Professionals This Year Will Exceed Supply by 400,000 Jobs
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What is driving this downward trend?

  • Today’s Business Climate
  • Internet Bubble Burst

…This is Now

Total Demand for U.S. IT Workers

2,500,000

2,000,000

1,500,000

1,000,000

500,000

0

2000

2001

2002

2003

Non-IT Companies

IT Companies

Predicted hiring ~500,000 jobs for 2003

(Source: IT Assoc. of America, May 2003)

industry trends
Industry Trends
  • Outsourcing
    • One-third of 145 IT Decision-makers at US Companies Use Offshore Services and Plan to Use More

Source: Forrester Research Inc., February 2003

  • Evolving Technology
    • Evolution From Writing Mainframe Applications to Distributed Architecture and Web-based Applications
  • Transparent Geographies
    • Globalization
    • Improved Collaboration Tools
    • “Extra Shift” Through Time Zones
what is driving today s trends

Average Salaries for Systems Programmers

70,000

$63,331

Potential Savings on Projects: 70%+

60,000

50,000

US Dollars

40,000

$34,000

30,000

20,000

10,000

$5,880

0

India

Ireland

US

What is Driving Today’s Trends

Cost Savings

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What is Driving Today’s Trends

  • Increased Drive for Quality
    • SEI CMM, Six Sigma Access to Specific Skills
  • Staffing Flexibility
  • Changes in Technology
  • Economic Slowdown
  • Changes in Immigration Laws
  • Availability of Former Dot-com Technology Whizzes

IT is Changing . . . More Critical to Business Success Than Ever

what companies are looking for

“Process First” Mindset

    • Understand Processes and Their Interrelationships

Looking for Core Competencies and Business Knowledge

What Companies Are Looking For
  • Both Technology and Business Strategy Skills
    • IT Staff That Offers a Blend of Technical and Soft Skills
    • Managers Rate Adaptability and Communication Skills Just as Important as Core Technical Skills
  • Customer Service Mentality
    • Understanding IT’s Role As a Facilitator of Business Functions
what companies are looking for8
What Companies Are Looking For
  • Look “Outside Your Box”
  • Understand Users and Their Deliverables
    • Go Out and Visit Your Customer - Listen to Them
  • Understand Financial Analysis and ROI
  • Collaborate With Vendors
  • Manage Business Change, Find the Payoff and Anticipate Business Needs
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Step #3

IT Career Choices

Step #2

Build Upon the Fundamentals

Business Processes

New Technologies

Step #1

Project Management

Fundamental Skill Set

Process Quality

IT Career Path

Build Core Competencies & Business Knowledge

Business Leader Roles

CTO Roles

Today’s High Value IT Roles

  • IT Leadership and Vision
  • Process Quality
  • Project Management
  • Business Analysis and Enhancement
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Business Leader Roles

IT Career Path

Build Core Competencies & Business Knowledge

Step #3

IT Career Choices

Step #2

Build Upon the Fundamentals

Business Processes

Business Leader Roles

CTO Roles

New Technologies

Step #1

Today’s High Value IT Roles

  • IT Leadership and Vision
  • Process Quality
  • Project Management
  • Business Analysis and Enhancement

Start With a Fundamental Skill Set

Project Management

Process Quality

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IT Career Path

Build Core Competencies & Business Knowledge

Step #3

IT Career Choices

Step #2

Build Upon the Fundamentals

Business Processes

Business Leader Roles

New Technologies

CTO Roles

Step #1

Today’s High Value IT Roles

  • IT Leadership and Vision
  • Process Quality
  • Project Management
  • Business Analysis and Enhancement

Start With a Fundamental Skill Set

Project Management

Process Quality

slide12

IT Career Path

Build Core Competencies & Business Knowledge

Step #3

IT Career Choices

Step #2

Build Upon the Fundamentals

Business Processes

Business Leader Roles

New Technologies

CTO Roles

Step #1

High Value IT Roles

  • IT Leadership and Vision
  • Process Quality
  • Project Management
  • Business Analysis and Enhancement

Start With a Fundamental Skill Set

Project Management

Process Quality

Successful CIOs and IT Managers Have Technology Experience, Business Expertise, and Vision

spotting trends is paramount
Spotting Trends Is Paramount

Remember the Dotcoms?

  • Are Core Business Needs Changing?
    • Supply Chain, Customer Focus, Security
  • How Is Technology Changing?
    • Pervasive Computing, RFID
  • How Is Regulatory Climate Changing?
    • Accounting, Reporting, Privacy
  • What Else Is Changing?
    • Democratisation of Information and Knowledge Access
    • Investment and Financial Trends

This former Pets.Com mascot is now the mascot for BarNone.com (an online loan company)

Analyze the Whole Business Environment

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Spotting Trends Is Paramount

  • Watch the Leaders
    • Anyone Watching the “Fortune 5s” Over the Past 3 Years Could Have Predicted the Outsourcing Boom Today
    • Six Sigma
  • Study Recent History
    • Look at Recent Restructuring
    • Who Was Retained?
    • Where Were Redundancies?
  • Today’s Trends Are Tomorrow’s History
keep yourself marketable
Keep Yourself Marketable
  • View Yourself As Self-Employed
  • Build And Maintain Your Network
  • Be Objective
  • Be Open to New Possibilities

- Consider Alternate Geographies

  • Do a Skills Inventory

- Close Any Gaps

  • Take Some Educated Risks

You Must Manage Your Own Career

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Keep Yourself Marketable
  • Keep Learning
    • Acquire New Skills
    • Quality
    • Project Management
    • Take ANY Opportunity to Learn your Business

(e.g., drive a forklift, tour a plant, ride a truck)

  • Keep Current
  • Keeping Marketable is as Critical When You Are With a Company As When You Are Looking for One

Stay Focused on the Future

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Keep Yourself Marketable
  • Plan
    • Use Your Network
    • New Jobs, New People, New Ideas
  • Join Professional Associations
    • Society for Informational Management
    • Association of Internet Professionals
    • ACM (Association for Computer Machinery)
  • Use All the Tools Available to You
    • Internet
    • Seminars
    • Lectures
    • Webinars
    • Company Learning

Anticipate Change

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Today’s Environment

  • More Than Ever Before IT Plays a Key Role in Successful Business Strategies
  • Smart Companies are Competing for Top Talent
    • Gillette IT Development Program
  • There Are Jobs Out There
    • >500,000 New Jobs Predicted for 2003

How Do You Prepare for the New Market?

slide19

Summary

  • IT is the Cornerstone of Successful Business Strategies
  • Network, Network, Network
  • Keep Current, Stay Open to Opportunities
  • Take Risks, Embrace Change, Be Willing to Continuously Learn