Bask Iyer, CIO and Executive Vice-President of Dell and VMware, has sounded a warning for information technology (IT) employees: surf the oncoming technology waves all the time and upskill yourself, otherwise be prepared to leave IT.
“I am making sure that all my IT folks are best equipped to generate revenues rather than lay them off. People without the skill-sets to go ahead to the next level in a company will go anyway, that’s just the way it is,” Iyer said in an interview to The Hindu BusinessLine.
Iyer said the onus for upskilling lies with the employees themselves and not the organisations. “As for reskilling, no organisation provides for that because even they don’t know what to train employees on,” he said.
The IT employees themselves must figure out the future and upgrade their skills accordingly, Iyer said. “The need of the hour is to upskill—ride the right technology waves, change and shift with the oncoming technology waves, much like surfing. Techies must use and get familiar with new technologies, and sometimes guess what it is much ahead of time,” he said.
New technology is transforming the nature of business at IT companies. Increasing automation and cloud computing have hit revenues. Now there is less business in maintenance and software services, the traditional domain of Indian IT companies. New technology requires reskiling, and employees incapable of reskilling will be fired.
In India, this challenge becomes bigger. There is a glut of engineers in the country and most of them are not employable. Low-quality tech education and outdated curricula are old problems but they become more pronounced with automation and emerging technology reshaping businesses.
Though emerging technology makes a large number of jobs superfluous in the tech industry, the jobs replaced by automation do not go for good. The employees who upskill with latest software training themselves stay relevant in the industry.