Meanwhile, on planet globalisation
They'll just be replaced by a few Global Rightshoring Cheapskin resources armed with the product manuals and a masterful command of Google. The customers will suffer, the onshore project/client managers will feel their anger. Larry and the fat cats will keep coining it in at a faster rate than ever before.
One thing is sure - they won't give a second thought to the people who think they are too valuable for the company to lose. Not one wink of sleep is lost at night worrying about that really smart and experienced developer or other services professional. This is because they aren't actually recognised by the top brass, who have actually convinced themselves that having an MBA and stock options makes them clever and hard to replace, whereas other people are not.
Bitter? Me? Well yes, cos this is exactly what is happening everywhere else, including IBM. Smarter Planet my arse.