The Way Technology Trends Will Shape The Jobs of Future

Ever since the first computer was created, the wheel of automation as we know in this modern world started moving. The birth of ENIAC (Electronic Numerical integrator and computer) in 1946 funded by US Army for the purpose of creating artillery-firing table transformed the world almost completely over next seven decades. Similarly the invention of airplane by Wright brothers brought unimaginable power in winning the skies by human being in a short span of just a few decades. Examples of innovation are plenty and every time, the innovation has brought immense opportunities and wealth to the masses.
One thing however remains constant. All these innovations were achieved to solve a problem which was limiting the human being in doing what they wished doing. These problems in most cases did not exist initially, but were the result of the needs generated by the previous innovations. The airplane of wright brothers could have been enough to prove the point that humans can fly, but the need and the desire to fly high, longer and usefully fueled the growth of the entire airline industry as we see today. This growth in turn fueled the growth of oil, airports, radar systems, radio wireless and so many more things.
We are now living in the era of information technology. The innovations of this era are fueled to solve small problems caused by the previous innovations. While some are as simple as helping employees do their job better, most of the innovations are in fact reducing the manual efforts and eventually some jobs which were created due to lack of automation being done.
Over next decade we will witness banks without counters, schools without classes, virtual travel, virtual offices and almost any form of combination that will help reduce wastage of time, energy and money. Energy and natural resources will become scarcer and technology will be used to conserve and utilize them efficiently.  While all this will happen, technology jobs as they exist today will probably thin out and will focus on specialized areas of internet security, data analytics and visualization, nano engineering and education.
A new branch of technology will emerge out and may become mainstream if the world does not take its lessons soon. Technology to counter terror will probably grow more rapidly. Most of that might be a cocktail of the existing technologies but with increased sophistication and will see massive innovations.

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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