In the 1990's the IT industry saw an explosive demand for skilled IT personnel.
Like any craftsman the skill level is directly proportional to the training and time devoted to the craft.
Businesses and educational institutions have not been adequately prepared (training of personnel for businesses and proper educational course work
by colleges and universities), and to this day continue to suffer regarding the availability of skilled IT personnel.
Indifference to this situation remains rampant as shown in some of the solutions being adopted to address the problem, and the lack of results.
Historically, as the shortage and costs of acquiring these resources increased, industry started to seek resources from outside the country,
hoping to realize a reduction in costs. The temporary artificial shifting of resource-origin to overseas,
and subsequent reduction in valuation of the skills will only make the desirability of the IT trade less attractive to the current and future IT personnel,
and consequently exacerbate the shortage. Over the long term the need for IT personnel in the US and world-wide will continue to drive up the need and the costs.
The future demand by companies for IT resources will increase but they will have little or no control over the IT personnel market since it is primarily out-sourced.
Secondarily, and of more immediate importance is the shadow of proprietary information protection.
This issue will continue to cost organizations significantly given the exposure to the unknown and uncontrollable forces of foreign governments,
businesses, and personnel.