Monthly Archives: October 2004
….Passion Catalyst Curt has some interesting views in this post
—Distance learning grows. By 2008, distance learning (including learning via the Internet, email, and other means) will be the primary delivery mechanism in 30 percent of training programs. By 2014, it will be the main method in 30 percent of university courses.
—Telecommuting increases. The number of people in the U.S. who are telecommuting will grow to more than 50 million by 2010 (from 15 million today). That trend will be driven by better communication technologies and companies’ search for low-cost labor.
—“Me generation” winds down. More and more people are focusing on spirituality, caring, and time with family over materialism and getting ahead. These people are known as “cultural creatives” and they make up 26 percent of U.S. society now, over 5 percent in the 1960s. (we are seeing something similar in India, with the grrowth of religion/spiritual TV channels!)
—Older workers could help lengthen business day. This demographic tends to wake up early and be more alert in the morning. Early risers could work 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and expand business hours of companies. (this one sounds unlikely in India ….what say?)
—Knowledge work will decrease. As farming and manufacturing have dwindled, the growth of information technology could make infotech and service jobs dwindle. By the end of the century, jobs in that sector may comprise only 2 percent of the workforce.
—Skills that can’t be automated will be in demand. Employers will put more emphasis on these “hyper-human” skills, including caring, judgment, intuition, ethics, inspiration, friendliness, and imagination. (like Tom Peters says about Richard Florida’s new book on the Creative Class)
…here is a good blog to add to your RSS readers, Nirmala’s blog on KM and other stuff (like she says “it’s not just about KM! It’s got a lot of my childish ramblings on a lot of other day-to-day topics as well!”). You can also download Nirmala’s perspective on Blogging in an organizational context from the Knowledgeboard site. It’s called “Bless the Bloggers” ðŸ™‚
The Top-Consultant site has an interesting article on how consulting firms are trying to cut costs, increase prroductivity, boost sales and partner with freelancers to remain competitive. One interesting point the article notes is that soon there will be demand for consultants with international skills (as opposed to “exposure”, is my guess!) particularly for areas like Central Europe and China.
An article by Businessweek on Bangalore’s infrastructure problems. And I can assure you as a person who travels through just two of the many traffic clogged arteries of the city, the article ain’t exaggerating!
More than 1,300 software and outsourcing companies — 450 of them
multinationals — have set up sprawling campuses, employing 170,000 workers. The
influx, which has helped increase Bangalore’s population by a third since 1995, to 6.5 million, has resulted in choked roads, power outages, an erratic water supply, and poor sanitation. A $1.1 billion metro system, long seen as a solution to Bangalore’s transport headaches, is far behind schedule.
Wipro Ltd. (WIT ) and rival Infosys Technologies Ltd. (INFY ), two of the city’s largest employers, are setting up operations in Madras and even in communist-run
Calcutta, both of which are keen to welcome Bangalore’s deserters. “We will grow at a faster rate outside Bangalore,” Wipro Chairman Azim H. Premji told reporters.
Tech companies have petitioned new state Chief Minister Dharam Singh for change. “There is zero focus, no hand at the wheel,” says Infosys CEO Nandan M. Nilekani. Upset, 15 top tech outfits, led by Royal Philips Electronics (PHG ) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ ), plan to boycott state-led events such as the prestigious BangaloreIT.com tech conference, held annually in November to highlight the city’s prowess.