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IT Emphasis: The responses

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 ūüôā ¬†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 Рsometimes 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!)


IT Emphasis

One of the things that I’ve noticed about working around and with IT ¬†is that the ‘I’ seems to be less important than the ‘T’. ¬†I’ve often wondered what others think. ¬†Here’s your chance to tell me:


It has two questions.

If you think it should have more, then you can tell me either here or on Twitter.

I’ll share the results (as percentages based on the last 100 responses – that’s what the free Survey Monkey gives me) via Twitter and this blog. ¬†Hopefully I get some actual responses!

This isn’t a Social Media exercise – I’m just a guy, with some computers and a data fascination, and I’m wondering what others think.

More Touch gear: Apple iPad

In some ways, I think I’ve looking for a business case for an iPad since they were first released. ¬†There was a lot of humming and hawing about the fact that it involved buying Apple, but ultimately the form factor and the business case won out.

Business case?


Technology in Pre-Schools: Governance & Policy

The first thing that’s important about pre-schools from a governance perspective is that they aren’t governed by the Department of Education. Rather, their oversight is from the Department of Community Services. This has a number of impacts. For example, in some instances, the requirements to retain data extend beyond 20 years. That isn’t a typo.


Technology in Pre-Schools: Introduction

For the past year and a half, I’ve served our local community pre-school as their IT Officer. ¬†It’s been an interesting ride. ¬†What started as a simple reactive role – fixing the odd printer and wireless working glitch, validating software licence status, documenting passwords is now at a point where I can turn my mind to longer term planning and strategy.


More touch magic

My getting my comments about love for touch computing was timely; N-trig, who are responsible for the touch-screen on my HP TX2z have released video showing their new multi-touch capability and gesture¬†vocabulary. ¬†An article on Engadget and a link to the video can be found here. ¬†Will these drivers be compatible with the touchscreen in the TX2z – I’ll let you know if they come back to me.

I’m a big fan of touchscreen

In December, I took delivery of my fourth touch screen computer. ¬†The first two were Compaq TC-1000’s with their futuristic removable keyboards, and lack of processing power and memory. ¬†They were followed by a Fujitsu U1010, which was my idea of what a netbook ought to be, except I found that to be slow as a wet week as well. ¬†To my complete surprise, I found that the Fujitsu was too small to be practical for use – something that I never thought that I’d ever say! ¬†In fact – make it the fifth: ¬†the CarPC had a 7″ WVGA touchscreen embedded in the dash.