When I was a young man, my Grandpa was used to say (with probably a slightly acid tone) that my parents were growing me with bread and computer. In a world that breathes and eats software why is the role of software experts so overlooked and sometimes neglected?
Wait wait … Dino you’re writing this post in English for an international audience. Companies for the most part recognizes the right value in software, even when they outsource to India. So where’s that software (and developers/architects/testers) are neglected? Easy, Italy. Welcome to the country where you’re zero until you become a pass-thru component — oops, a manager!
In Italy, software is the territory of nerds, unfortunate people who prefer learning over career and are happier to go eating junk food at conferences and speak geek-ish rather than pretend they discuss systems, IT business and economics. Software is made of individuals, but smart individuals. the society of the near future (aka, present) is ideal when the talent of these individuals is lightly organized in some structure–more or less hierarchical.
In the news today the announcement that http://www.inf.usi.ch/ is offering education preferably but not limited to Italians. And the reaction is that Swiss is looking for cheap outsourcing. Software skills are dangerously low in Europe (and disregarded in Italy) just when software is now at the level of public utilities such as energy, Internet, water.