My as-seen-on-TV defence of IT managers

agendalogo.gifI don’t always need to have the last word. But in this case, I wish I’d at least managed to get a few more in.

Late last week I agreed to appear on TV Ontario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, a current affairs program that was devoting a full hour to stories about the IT industry. My segment, a panel discussion, was about cloud computing and its impact on businesses and consumers. Alongside me were Mathew Ingram of the Globe and Mail, Nicholas Carr (via satellite from Boston) and Jesse Hirsh, a technology analyst. Things were going well until we’d gotten past the basic definitions of what cloud computing was and how it gave users a lot more access to their own applications. That’s when Paikin (one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in broadcasting), popped the big one.

“So would it be safe to say that a lot of people in the IT industry aren’t happy about this?”

Uh-oh, I thought. So that’s why I’m on this show.

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