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Feb 19, 2006: Tight IA job market about to get tighter

According to an article in Reuters, "IBM to invest $1 bln for 'info-on-demand" practice'. Looks like IBM will be grabbing a bunch of information architects, especially of the enterprise variety. Thanks to Michele Marut for the tip.

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Comment: Victor (Feb 19, 2006)

As a consulting firm, they're driven by demand rather than supply. Press releases are their way of generating demand: talk about it first, and if the customers come then develop the capability. Let's see if the demand emerges.

Remember last year when they talked about doing industrial design[1]? I don't think IDEO is shaking in their shoes just yet :)


[1]http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=86016

Comment: Lou (Feb 19, 2006)

Victor, I think you're being a tad too skeptical. The venture into industrial design isn't quite a year old; seems a bit premature to count them out. As far as this new initiative, sure, they're priming the pump, but couldn't they just as easily have picked some other pump to prime?

Eventually, they'll get it right I guess. When they've got billions to throw around, you'd hope so...

Comment: Victor (Feb 20, 2006)

I'm not skeptical, I'm just observing how new services are rolled out in a giant consulting practice. It's simply not practical to train everyone before the demand is there. It may not even be feasible, as people like you and I probably learned a lot of what we know working for clients.

The alternative is bootstrapping, but that would take too long for an IBM.

My perception of the situation is formed when I talk to IBM employees and ask them about these new initiatives and they say, "Really, that's great! How can I learn more?"

Comment: Dmitry Nekrasovski (Feb 20, 2006)

Victor: Perhaps you haven't talked to the right IBM employees. :)

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