The existence of this love-hate affair or relationship betwix the SSA and COBOL enthusiasts has probably surpassed its hay-day… Time has proven, more often than not, our ability to reluctantly change what we like – to the inevitability of obsolescence.
Brother Clark Maxwell, an IT Pro and friend of mine, wrote to me during an online conversation on a social and professional networking platform; “You do not need to have a college degree in IT or BI to be successful in IT, but you do need to have an interest and an aptitude for math and logic. In fact, many if not most of the people that I have worked with as application programmers, software engineers, database administrators and systems analyst do not have computer science degrees. Many either minored in CS (like me), have degrees in engineering or life sciences. In most cases, opportunities are given based on skill level and not educational background."