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On March 16, 2010, I will be speaking at the Colorado Chapter of the Society of Information Management.


New Normal - Information Technology Re-invention
Steve Wille, Author Colorful Leadership

Some people still remember when office technology was a Dictaphone, telephone, and calculator on every desk. That was a long time ago, prehistoric for most of today's workforce. Some people remember the day when personal computers showed up on desktops, with word processing eliminating dictation and the jobs of typists. Some people remember when email replace paper mail, along with the jobs of people who moved paper from place to place in the office. That was a long time ago, back in the nineteen-hundreds.

Recently, a programmer on my staff retired. He had been in the business since 1956 and had worked on every generation of mainframe computer. The only reason he retired was because we unplugged the mainframe and he had nothing to do. He was the last person using it. Fifty years ago, it seemed like technology we moving fast, but compared today, it moved at a leisurely human pace. During the dot.com.boom and dot.bust we said technology was moving in dog years. That was ten years ago. Today, information technology is moving in prairie dog years. We don't yet know what this means for the corporate technologist, but if we don't keep up we will be retiring a whole lot sooner than the man whose mainframe skills paid the bills for fifty-four years.

Things have changed and they are not going back. The economic crash drove productivity up because corporate survival required efficiency. Technology accelerated the change and made it permanent. We need to adjust to the new reality.

  • States cannot collect sales tax because local retailers are gone, replaced by on-line ordering.
  • Newspapers and magazines are barely surviving because advertising is down, replaced by more efficient ways to get the word out.
  • People at work are gone, replaced by better and faster technology. Maybe your old job is gone, too.
  • Big iron computers are gone, replaced by things we cannot even understand or control, like cloud computing.

Technology makes business run faster at less cost with better customer service.  Think you can't keep up?  Think you canít move faster? Think again!

Steve Wille, author of Colorful Leadership, will lead us on a journey through the change of how it used to be, how it is, and how it will be. Technology managers have to change with the times because our product had fundamentally changed, and the people working on our projects are changing.

Steve is a senior applications manager at Great-West Life and Annuity. He has over 25 years experience in corporate information technology management. His book, Colorful Leadership, focuses on management issues facing technologists. Steve has an MBA from Regis University and a BSBA from the University of Denver. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP).

 

 

 

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