Is the divide narrowing between the information technology (IT) world and the business world? Some may argue that there is no such divide. However, there is simply too much evidence that a divide exists and appears to be narrowing.

On a language basis, IT people are quite technical and rarely speak in sentences not including an acronym, such as CPU or I/O. In contrast, the language of businesspeople often refers to money or some form of activity that leads to making money. When it comes to systems diagrams, IT people draw diagrams heavy with canister symbols for databases and lots of arrows, dashes and solid lines. In contrast, the businessperson's diagrams are much simpler and appear to have starting and ending points. When it comes to office attire, I will avoid getting myself in trouble with IT specialists and simply propose that if you asked people at a cocktail party to describe how IT people dress differently from businesspeople or users, it would lead to a lively discussion.

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