If a $500 per month Indian chartered accountant doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t steal your job, Turbotax will.
A book I highly recommend is A Whole New Mind by Dan Pink. The book talks about how we are moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age, and how abundance, Asia and automation are moving us towards this new age. The book has the following list of questions every organization and individual must ask:
- Can someone overseas do it cheaper?
- Can a computer do it better?
- Is what I’m offering in demand in an age of abundance?
The good news is that for higher education web professionals, the answer to question #3 is yes. The web will continue to be critically important for colleges and universities. The bad news is that the answers to questions #1 and #2 is also yes. I suggest that if you don’t agree that someone overseas can do it cheaper that you read both The World is Flat and A Whole New Mind. For those of you how don’t believe a computer can do it better, check out Appligenics, a British company that has developed software that can write software. As Content Management Systems mature, I expect that knowing how to write valid XHTML and CSS will not be something that will guarantee employment.