During Laura Patterson’s presentation, I couldn’t help but think how complicated everything was turning out to be. As we acquire more and more data each day, we need to be capable enough to know how to handle it and what to do with it. Back before we had the technology to accumulate such data, people would have to do all their analyses by hand. And although that must’ve been tiring, boring, and inaccurate, I do wish for that simpler time. Computers now speed up processes to amazing rates and don’t make any mistakes. They do far more than any human can do within any time frame.
In Laura Patterson’s slides, she lists several skills that a future IT employee needs: data management/analytics, advanced architecture skills, and specialized technical knowledge on research needs. I was struck by the irony between humans and technology. Although it’s supposed to make things easier for us humans, it seems that we actually have to have even more skills than before, and they must be more specialized. In order to further ourselves in the field of technology, there is a higher “base”, or “starting zone”, that we have to reach before we can make any actual advancements. This makes me wonder when humans will reach their limit, if there is any. All of this seems very intimidating to me. Stephen Nunn, global infrastructure lead for Accenture, said “The pace of change over the next few years will be enormous, and it will profoundly affect organizations. IT must venture beyond the role of assessing features, functions and technical specs; it must evolve beyond IT administration and selecting vendors. There’s an urgent need to liaison with business leaders and build an infrastructure that supports next-generation business models.” (http://www.cioinsight.com/c/a/Infrastructure/The-Future-of-IT-Infrastructure-675596/)
The article above also emphasizes the importance of social media in IT. This reminded me of a Dominos Pizza lecture I attended where the CEOs talked about how social media made such a big difference in their marketing campaign. They didn’t rely on putting their competitors’ down, but instead focused on getting their customers to spread the word about their pizza. Because technology is so widespread, people no longer have to rely on commercials to get information about products. They can easily check Yelp or Urbanspoon, or ask their friends. Peer sources are much more believable and reliable. Through technology, humans are reaching great heights in communicating with each other. Computers can hold all that data and retrieve it in less than a second. It’s scary to compare yourself to a computer, and even scarier to believe that you have to “master” it in some way before being able to contribute to it.