Sunday, December 28, 2003

The Rumor is that IT has seen much of the famine aspects of the 'Feast or Famine' rule.

2003 pretty much served to provide ample time for IT developers introspection and reflection over hits and misses.

With all the empty pockets in IT the torched still burns brightly for the optimism of 2004.

The Millennium was suppose to belong to IT. A new answer making enormous strides and advancements. IT did not get much of the lime light it had hoped to bask in and this of course brings new concerns as to who's line is it anyway?

Still current events being what they are, new technologies managed to bring the information to the people much more timely than ever before. Perhaps the news was less than comforting but even the most horrific war reports were available to any and all via the internet which rivals only CNN for late breaking on going news reports. Blogging has been there keeping families close and the information closer.

Microsoft has proven that you can be the most despised software developer in the land and still the most widely used. Microsoft has also proven that even if they didn't like you in elementary school, jr. high/middle school, high school, college, grad school, and at the office picnic they still won't like you but you will be able to force your products on them anyway.

Microsoft has proven that class action suites can actually be a good thing when you have to pay out in vouchers toward the purchase of more of your products. Was that a waste of time or is it just me?

Open Source has proven that if they liked you, they will always like you and that if they like you they will continue to support you. Open source has also proven that if you take your vitamins you will in fact grow another inch. Open source has proven that innovation comes from listening and that people will like you even more.

IT preaches a sort of new concept in the work place that insists that the work can get done without further adu. The threat becomes can we handle that kind of responsibility?

Diversity is a goal of IT integrations but how do you get would be consumers to lose their Archie Bunker mentality long enough to hear you out? If most consumers assume they are going to hate it, assume IT is going to be a pain in the ass, and figure that most employees are too stupid to use it without breaking it will they ever find their way out of the snare of Microsoft to embrace the freedom of Open Source? Did Archie simply need a hug or is this indicative of a larger metaphore?

We have grown whether we feel like it or not. IT has evolved yet again, the old stuff has gotten better, the new stuff is taking hold, and the expensive stuff is making the cheaper stuff more interesting.

Breaking the dam may be an arduous task but there is no denying that IT is changing the world.

Can you hear me now?!


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