I.T. Iconoclasts

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When you think about I.T., what's the first thing that comes to mind? For many, the old stereotypes reign supreme — server reboots, desktop software installation, select list reporting… all the old standbys.

Taking a more circumspect view of information technology yields some very interesting tangents.
The U.S. federal government is the largest I.T. consumer in the world racking up $80 billion a year in spending at its over-2000 data centers. The Obama administration is about to make significant cuts to all that spending by using software to distribute computing requirements across many machines. In other words, computers are job-sharing and becoming more efficient. Spending cuts notwithstanding or perhaps because of them, I.T. requirements are becoming increasingly complex and will require a whole new set of skills in the future.
And it has pretty much occurred to everyone that information technology can become a tool for terrorists. On that front, India and the U.S. recently signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on best practices for cyber security information and expertise.
So, information technology represents an incredible range of issues world-wide. Notably, Dell Canada, with partner Intel, recently launched a campaign for a National I.T. Day. They're on a quest for 10,000 signatures in support of a day of recognition for I.T. practitioners.


Stereotypical or not, the next time your I.T. expert reboots that email server that is the lifeblood of your business, you just may want to login and sign that petition.

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