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35 - Spending on Internet Faster Than IT Spending; President Announces Support for IT Training for Dislocated Workers

1. Build Your Benchmarking Survey! This is an invitation to the readers of TechLearn Trends to contribute one or more questions to the 1998 TechLearn Benchmarking Survey. In early Fall, we will survey 1,000 organizations throughout the world on their current and planned activities in the technology and learning/training arena. This survey will be published at TechLearn '98 and will form the basis of a deep set of discussions about the critical factors (pro and con) in the implementation and evolution of new training models.

Each question will have a "host" who will help us draft the query, help test the answer options and then who will assist in the analysis of the results. We already have 14 questions from MASIE Center Members and are seeking approximately 50 to 80 additional questions. This will take about 5 to 10 hours of your time over the next several months. And, if you can attend TechLearn '98, we will have a special role for you in helping to facilitate a dialogue on these key questions and challenges.

An example, Wal-Mart submitted a question about the types of technologies that are being used to distribute learning to multiple sites. They would like to see current and planned uses of internet, intranet, satellite, CD Rom and other media for distribution of learning. Add your question to this.

Please send an email with you question, name, organization and contact information (including a non-PO Box for shipping materials) to As there will be a large overlap, we will ask folks or organizations to cooperate on these questions. This survey will be published, without charge, to the field in December 1998, following dialogues and validation at TechLearn '98. The survey will be coordinated by a committee from The MASIE Center's TechLearn Collaborative and the On-Line Learning Council.

2. Spending on Internet Faster Than IT Spending: Businesses are turning to Internet technologies to cut costs and raise productivity so often today that corporate spending on 'net-based technologies is outstripping spending on information technology in general, an International Data Corp. (IDC) analyst said the week at the company's annual Directions seminar, held in Tokyo.

"Internet spending is not synonymous with IT spending," said John Gantz, IDC's senior vice president of personal systems, peripherals, collaborative computing and services.

Gantz said that IT spending through 2002 in the services industry is expected to grow at an average compound annual rate of 20%. That industry is spending more than the retail segment, which has an expected annual growth rate of about 15%. Meanwhile, IT spending growth in the utilities, communications/media, banking and discrete manufacturing industries will grow on average of about 10% annually, and the insurance industry will see a 5% growth rate, Gantz said.

This trend is being seen in the use of intranet based front ends for computing. One group has developed a web based center that reflects every major change in the life of an employee. A single form will update dozens of required forms in paper format. The internet and intranet investment is pushing innovations such as these.

The MASIE Center believes that this is a strong sign of the growing support base for network delivered aspects of On-Line Learning and Training.

3. President Announces Support for IT Training for Dislocated Workers : Grants totaling $1.6 million are being provided to projects in four states to continue for another year highly successful programs to train dislocated workers for high paying jobs in information technology. The grants were announced this week by President Bill Clinton and Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman.

"We must be able to re-tool our workers to succeed in the technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century," the President said. "These grants, and others like them, will help our workers into high-wage, secure jobs, and keep America competitive in the global economy. "

"We must invest in workers' skills, so they have the tools to adapt to new technologies, and make change work for them, not against them," Secretary Herman added. "All Americans must have opportunities for lifelong learning, so that they can be equipped with the skills to find and hold good jobs with rising incomes and good benefits throughout their lives. "

These demonstration projects for High Wage Job Opportunities for Dislocated Workers are in Dallas, Texas; Clovis, Calif.; Waltham, Mass.; and Southfield, Mich. Each project will receive $400,000.

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