I suspect that we would have much better insight to the question posed in my earlier post had it been asked by someone better known that me 🙂 As it is, the volume of responses I received weren’t statistically significant by any reasonable measure, but there are still some interesting insights from the comments, which I’ve shared below.
On the right is a little chart. The information junkies gathered the most votes with 42%, but for me what was interesting were the comments, which suggested that irrespective of the answer to question 1, I read that most concluded that the two belong together in some way. Commenter #5 challenges that there shouldn’t be an emphasis, and for the most, I agree with the thrust of that comment, but only to the extent that it doesn’t devalue specialisation.
I spend a lot of time listening to people (or at least trying – sometimes I get the ears/mouth ratio wrong!). Do you see a breakdown between business and IT? Are there better questions that I should have asked? I wonder if there is anything academic being done in this space?
I’m leaving the survey open – should it gather further responses, I’ll come back and post.
(As an aside, no-one explicitly said that it was a stupid question, so thanks for that, in addition to your input!)
I’ve shared each of the comments verbatim – there are no changes to the text or emphasis. They are presented in the order in which they were received.
Sadly, the industry has forgotten the importance of both “customer” and “information”. Technology is only a means to an end. IT is crawling up it’s own binary arse.
Tech scares many users. They want info.
Technology is a means by which we can automate the collection, processing, sorting, searching and interpreting of data. That is how we get good information and good information is how we make good decisions.
The T is useless without the I (the reason for doing it) but you can’t get the good I without the right T for the job
There’s no point to either without the other, and emphasis is possibly the single most destructive application in business of baseless personal preference grounded in individual skillset and lack of broader vision. When people focus on the I because it’s what they understand, technologists become frustrated at being trivialised, when technologists focus on the T, the results of their work are amorphous if even available at all.