IT analyst Richard Holway kicked up a storm when he said that you cannot turn 50-year-old Cobol programmers into Web programmers. But an overwhelming 87% of ITmanagers said yes to this week's Computer Weekly/Harvey Nash Big Question: "Do you believe older IT professionals are undervalued in the Internet age?"
Older IT professionals have valuable business experience said Simon Pinder, director of information systems at surveyor Donaldsons. "IT professionals with strong business experience are the ones that will drive the greatest value out of any IT initiative," he said.
One interviewee agreed with Holway, but explained that did not mean culling the over 50s. "We have older staff in the department and their input is valuable, but they don't get involved in programming anymore, nor in network administration."