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METHODOLOGY The process used was advancing foresight methodologies, using multiple techniques to aggregate expert opinions into the discipline of forecasting. By utilizing multiple sources of data collection such as forecast predictions, a thought leader/futurist work shop, as well as an industry survey, the Interlink task force was able to gather a comprehensive view of what industry leaders see as the future of Information Technology. InterLink’s annual 25th Regional Labor Market Five-Year Forecast began as a starting point. The research was enhanced by a workshop with North Texas Information Technology thought leaders and futurists from a diverse range of disciplines and professional backgrounds, engaging them in exercises to identify key drivers of change and how these will shape work skill requirements. Thought Leaders were surveyed the next day for additional thoughts and input. Finally, peer reviewers analyzed the results of the thought leader session to enrich and vet the research. This structured and disciplined process will be followed for subsequent thought leader groups, as we research other industries, to ensure systematic and robust data collection. With gratitude to the following workshop participants and peer reviewers: Workshop Participants           Richard Askew, Lean Enterprise Charlie Bass, HP Ron Halbach, Juniper Network Tu Huynh, Comerica Bank Patricia “Pat” Johnson, Texas Health Resources Paul Kimbel, Microsoft Van Lam, Summus Industries Larry Pereira, Alcatel-Lucent Scott Veibell, Cisco Glenn C. Wintrich, Jr., Dell Peer Reviewers  Bill Johnson, TDI Technologies  Kurtis Sampson, Phillips Healthcare Assistance with Terminology  Danielle Smith, Dallas County Community College  Shannon Ydoyaga, Dallas County Community College  Workshop Participants Special Recognition Nathan Schwendeman, who helped initiate the InterLink Industry Trends Task Force. Copyright North Central Texas InterLink, Inc. All rights reserved 4