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  •  They will absolutely keep you while you re-train (4+ / 0-)

    I can personally attest to this: I am a software developer, and I have been repurposed for multiple projects by my current employer over the last two years.  On one occasion that required learning a new programming language.  It took a few weeks.  Another time I had to learn about an entirely new technology area.  They plopped me on that project with no training, and I was productive in less than a month.  Programming is absolutely a general skill, and it would have cost far more to find someone to replace me, train them in the technology area, introduce them to corporate culture, and hope that they are at least as dependable and skilled and hardworking as me.  That's a HUGE cost and risk.  Replacing skilled employees is incredibly difficult.  I know, because I've been involved in the hiring process too.  Employees in IT and software development are not plug-and-play.

    Now, it is true that a lot of software development is now being outsourced to India, but most of the truly critical work is still being done in the US, and programmers are in high demand.  I don't think you need to shed so many tears for us for a few years yet.

    •  Outsourcing to India? (11+ / 0-)

      I worked for a small private Swiss bank which outsourced a development project to India because it would only cost a million, instead of the 2 million it would have cost to develop in-house. On delivery, it was completely useless. A project group was created to correct the problem, writing documents that had to describe every field and step along the way at an incredible level of detail.

      A programming team was sent over from India to make the final changes. They were able to scramble the source files of a number of other projects (including mine). Fortunately in my case, I had printed out the source codes with the changes marked, so I could just retype the changes. Others were not so lucky.

      Cost for original "development" = $1M
      Cost for corrections + retyping screw-ups = 1.6M
      Watching the boss's faces when they realised how much money they had "saved" = priceless!

      FOSI: Full Of Shit Information - Both my sister and I are trivia freaks...

      by Spoc42 on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 09:17:06 AM PST

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