It was for the first time that students went on hunger strike to protest delays in on-boarding by an IT company after being given offer letters several months back. This was however only one of the outcomes of several such delays for on boarding by IT companies in last two years. It is difficult to say, who needs to be blamed, but it is simply another indicator of the fact that we have to change the system of providing IT services and having commodity skilled resources to handle the changing business needs globally. Being a consumer myself, I would certainly ask the validity of using a custom made CRM in place of Salesforce.com. This is just a small piece when we see the adoption of SaS (Software as a service) moving north by every passing year. The fear of security of IT employees and imaginary issues rising out of the fact that most of them clearly see their jobs in limbo will be soon replaced with the economical reasons if business have to survive. With such a different kind of IT adoption, and rapid change, the current IT companies and their age old method of providing IT services itself comes under the lens of future viability.
The way forward has to be a massive reeducation of each and every employee of these companies emphasizing on the need of remaining current and technical if they have to be relevant to the customer’s changing need. Probably, salaries of each employee also have to be taken up as we treat stocks in stock market. Although drastic, this is still better than creating joblessness due to skill mismatch for the needs of future.