Interestingly, the kinds of questions have changed from time to time, quite understandably. After all, the questions reflect the information needs at different points in time across the wide cross section of people who ask these. Years ago, it started with questions like: should my daughter go to Aptech or NIIT, are salaries at TCS too low, should I buy a branded PC, which companies offer the best chances to go onsite in the US, and such.
Few years later it changed to more evolved ones such as: is this dotcom boom for real, should I take up Java or Oracle, how do I join a dotcom, how do I shift out of dotcom for a good IT job in a stable IT company that sends people to America, etc. Then came questions such as these: how do I market my mobile app, how do I shift from database management to analytics and big data, how do I get to join Google or Facebook, etc.
Last year, the questions turned to: is cloud the future, is it right for my son to shift from IBM to a taxi company like Uber, are all the big companies like IBM/ HP/ Oracle going to shut down because they are not growing and they are laying off people, how do I get $10M funding to launch my brilliant game-changing start-up idea in food retail, how do I establish that my company is the best at digital transformation, how do I quickly learn and master digital marketing. 6 Here’s the latest set of questions I have been asked in the past few days: A recent article in Bloomberg said that the Indian software industry is dead. Is it for real? What will happen to India’s IT industry if Donald Trump becomes the next President of USA? Companies no longer need as many human beings to do the job. Are we going to lose our jobs to robots? How will the Tata group- Cyrus Mistry crisis affect TCS? I note that the nature of questions has changed; they have become more thought-provoking and challenging. Answering these questions have always been tough and sometimes impossible. But these questions help in knowing what’s on the minds of people. And they are interesting, engaging, and stimulating. Ed Nair Editor-at-large