EMERGING TRENDS IN IT
The emerging trends in Information Technology sector have considerablerelevance for countries like India. In a state like Kerala InformationTechnology enterprises are instrumental in providing a new lease of life forits fading industrial map generates several new issues for the new generationcomputer and IT professionals.Implication for employees/recruits given the sad history of non-IT industryfailures in Kerala, the mindset and work culture of IT professionals has to bemodulated before they become employees. An IT professional is subsuming,slowly, a set of work values, which has a globalized color to it. The naturaltendency on the path of any new employee is to, knowingly or unknowingly,work in the legacy of the existing work culture.The strengths and weakness of a company’s human resources can havedetermining effects on the viability of the firm’s strategic options. Thepurpose of this paper is to highlight the different dimensions of the changinghuman resource requirements of IT companies. These requirements orexpectations of the companies are in terms of their personal qualities andcapabilities, both technical and non-technical of the human resources. Inshort, the expectations from new generation IT professionals are a shadedifferent from professionals in other industries.These requirements are emerging out of the factors such as the globalizedeconomic environment, intensified competition between IT companies forperformance and output, the often occurring need for change managementand similar challenges on time management emerging especially frominternational projects. The international nature of projects also makes theteams spread in a wide geographic area. Such projects also impact on thenature of work resulting in increased work pressure in companies and onemployees.In some IT companies, absence of a formal performance appraisal system andtough performance standards in work is another challenge flexible work timeincluding rigid work time schedules exist, also has ramifications foremployees. Employees have to work continuously and at odd hours, whichincrease the complexity of human resources management as motivating andrewarding them appropriately becomes challenging.Another critical aspect is the increasing significance of team and teamwork.New professionals entering IT sector need to refine their capabilities to workin teams, as teams are the hallmark of IT project management. Thecriticality of teams in work situations, competition inside team, performanceaffected by inadequate attention to people and teamwork issues are allsituations and contexts which the new generation IT professionals have tounderstand and equip for. Therefore, HR Management of IT companies willhave to take adequate mechanisms to recruit professionals who would becompatible and conforming to these work situation requirements.