It’s not exactly news to say that technology is a big deal for business these days. Even with a long history of companies using computing, there has recently been a tipping point in the world becoming digital and organizations following suit. Whether they are pursuing new customers, developing new products, or extending their brand, businesses are starting to directly drive their outcomes with new technology and new approaches. This has been true for some time for large enterprises, and now companies in the SMB space need to adopt a new mindset.
For many IT professionals, particularly those that got their start in the 90s or early 2000s, career challenges can feel somewhat existential.
It has traditionally been perceived as a profession for the young, admitted Orin Thomas, who moderated a panel on the subject at IT/Dev Connections.
Now that I'm older, am I in danger of becoming obsolete?
In fact, you shouldn't. Yes, rare earths are important--arguably irreplaceable--it might already be too late to arrange for many of the supplies computing will need over the next decade, and IT is rife with supply vulnerabilities specifically to rare earths. You almost certainly have bigger problems to worry about, though.