Gartner: Corporate IT to Compete for Skilled Engineers
Enterprises aren't going to need more coders, but they are going to need
services of skilled engineers capable of quickly turning business
requirements into efficient applications, according to two Gartner Inc.
At this point, pure coding skills are a commodity, and when you are shopping
for any commodity, "all things being equal, you buy it at the lowest price,"
Vecchio said. This means "we are going to purchase basic program from India,
China, Poland or Russia," Hotle said here at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo.
But "we are going to need better analysts and designerspeople who know how
to extract business requirements from people's heads," so that their
knowledge and ideas can be turned into software, Hotle said.
Finding and retaining the best software engineers, business analysts and
application architects is going to be the "single biggest challenge" for
corporate IT departments, they said.
But the demand for productivity won't stop there. Business managers will
expect corporate software developers to produce new applications in one to
two months, Hotle said. In short order, they will expect software architects
and designers to "move applications from concept to concrete in a matter of
weeks and perhaps even a matter of days," he said.
Look at the article's title and numerous places in the full article where
the author tries to name just who the agents of this process will be, it's
'engineers,' ' developers,' 'application architects,' 'analysts,' etc. Yes,
'designer' is mentioned but not as the prime driver, as it should be. Who's
best positioned to "quickly turn[ing] business requirements into efficient
applications"? Engineers? People who "design for CPU" as was recently
That's the public perception that needs to change for designers before
anything else...and for Prady to move up the corporate chain to positions of
influence, wealth and abject envy. :-)