New Areas of Technology Job Creations For The Next Decade


Information technology has been one of the most emerging and has been able to influence lives of almost every human being immensely in last few decades. We need not mention what technology did with advent of Internet, communication technologies and the wide application of all these technologies making our lives far easier than what our fathers and forefathers would have ever imagined.

I have tried to collect whatever information on the new trends that would shape emergence of new applications and focus in technology. Today I would discuss about one such upcoming basket of technology initiatives that would help governments of various countries to maintain internal & external security.

Gone are those days when spies would lurk around the corners trying to find the right mole. Today, smart spies spend time and energy in hacking networks and compromise computers to collect whatever information they need. Thieves have become smarter by resorting to online theft rather than getting into daylight robbery. The illiterates still resort to old models of theft, but they are getting poorer as money is being replaced by credit cards and banks do not keep big money any more. The virtual world has brought immensely ease for millions but has also opened up Pandora’s box of hi-tech theft and robbery. To add to this security threat, terror elements exploit social network to recruit potential terrorists and also use such mediums to fathom social unrest openly. All these threats are only multiplying with every passing day and need addressing of new dimensions of security almost every day.

Future will hold many jobs for security enthusiasts and will be no more limited to security cameras, but would go to the length of big data analytics and data mining, geo-mapping, predicting behaviors and exploit the internet of things for the best use of security. The opportunities would be so huge that not only top agencies like CIA will have a dedicated hi-tech team of technology experts but also it would become a norm to have such units even with the basic local police force. Technology education for each security personnel would be a must for them to remain effective.

To ensure better tracking and security, national ID numbers like SSN number in USA would become standard across most of the countries and tracking of every individual will be done by machines. Embedded chips in humans would be a common thing and would not only help in tracking and security but also for making transactions as close to human as possible by eliminating even cards for financial transactions. Health would be another area where such human embedded chips would bring a revolution.

In the future, most of the wars would be fought from the comfort of control rooms. Satellites, military equipment and humans would work together to make the future wars happen without much of human intervention. Needless to say, the future wars would be won by technology and not by sheer valor.

Technology will play an extremely important role in shaping up the security practices and policies of nations in the next decade and will create huge number of jobs.

Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

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