Is IT Growth Slowing?

Subject: Is IT Growth Slowing?
From: "Robert B Kennedy" <bobbykennedy44 -at- home -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 00:45:39 -0400

IT growth had better be slowing... it's the only
way IT management will float down to earth

The core of our present problems has been
created by exceptional success. Such
extraordinary success breeds complacency,
especially when complacency is disguised
in the slick theatre of the grin and bear it,
bear-knuckled, cell phone pinned in the hand,
18-hours a day hard-core every day,
especially on Sundays act.

IT management needs to redisover what a
genuine work ethic is (it's not boasting about
working 18 hours a day), and be more focused
on delivering value to customers, not the newest
BMWs for themselves, annually, regardless of
whether they've produced value or not.

The principle behind technology growth is
that it helps us become more independent,
more entrepreneurial. Sadly, I see the
risk-taking, entrepreneurial spirit less
and less among IT management.

Robert B. Kennedy
Technical Writer

Elna Tymes <etymes -at- lts -dot- com> wrote in message news:103307 -at- techwr-l -dot- -dot- -dot-
> There has been a recent spate of articles in business magazines about
> the failure of IT to live up to its promise of reducing workload while
> improving worker productivity. This may be nothing more than sour
> grapes, but it's worth paying attention to. Many companies have
> experienced the constant need for more and better hardware and software,
> and the way that each new upgrade to a system results in more things
> that need attending to - kinda like a baby and the way it grows. There
> are rumblings that part of the current economic problems in the computer
> industry in general have to do with large numbers of client companies
> deciding to make do with yesterday's technology - with the rationale
> that 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it.'
> Following the lead of Microsoft, most software and hardware
> manufacturers have adopted the policy of continual upgrades to existing
> products as a means of assuring revenue growth. Are we reaching - or
> have we reached - the point where this policy is no longer warranted,
> resulting in less demand for IT professionals across the board? It
> could be argued that this downturn is mostly a marketing blip, but one
> which is going to cause companies in the industry to have to rethink how
> they provide value to their customers. It could also be argued that
> this is a major turning point for the whole industry.
> What do you think?


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