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Tremors in IT


We've gotten a great deal of interest and response to a short video interview I posted Monday featuring data management veteran Dave Wells speaking with me from the last Data Warehousing Institute conference in Las Vegas.

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Comments (8)
Good post. I'm not an IT specialist but something strikes me about the whole Saas/Cloud thing. And it's related to the Japan tragedy.

Think about the back-up generators for the nuclear power station. You could say "Which genius decided to put these below sea level in a tsunami zone?". That's because they thought it couldn't happen.

Similarly if you entrust corporate IS - data, information AND software - to the Cloud/the internet/the web, whatever, what happens if it goes down? " Oh, that couldn't happen" I hear all the vendors cry in unison. But it can and, in Japan, it did. A half decent solar flare, a bit of political isolationism between continents, a bit of blamestorming and fingerpointing in the face of a major crisis, and some major political power - like the US, could effectively shut it down - even for a little while "to make a point".

If I were running IT, which I'm not, I'd be treading very very carefully.

Posted by Ian K | Wednesday, March 16 2011 at 10:47AM ET
Good article.I can't agree more. Talking about Socialogical influcence, I work for a manufacturing company and I am already seeing a shift in recruiting IT executives in my company. Our TOP IT leadership positions are now being occupied by people with business experience. They are not intimidated by IT buzzwords. They are changing the way we operate. All our new hires are project managers that work with contractors to get things done. Developers are either moving to BA roles or moving out. In few years, I can see entire IT team doing nothing but project management or brokering service as you explained in your last point.
Posted by NANDHA K | Wednesday, March 16 2011 at 10:57AM ET
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