My major, Discovery Informatics, is, I hope and believe, the future of computing. A hybrid kind of major, encompassing programming skills, mathematics and statistics, and a cognate (an area of specialization), the acquired skills should enable a graduate to apply the skill-set to a variety of disciplines.
As someone that spent the better part of his working life in business, it makes sense to think that I can return to that area, ready to contribute (and earn) in a new, meaningful, and interesting way to the corporate weal.
Articles like this provide encouragement that this bold move may yet pay off in the near term:
Workplace social networks and cloud computing means that the need for a centralized IT department will go away. Firms will no longer need to own/maintain the boxes that they use to run their firm’s apps. With no need to touch a box, there will be no need to have the IT staff co-located with the boxes. Oh, oh — can you hear your job going away?
What does this all mean, and more importantly what should a successful IT staffer (or CIO) do today? The key to your future success is to understand how IT is going to change and what you need to do to change with it. IT is going to become much more about information and how it can be used to help the business grow and prosper. This IT function is going to leave the IT department as we know it today and will migrate into the business unit itself. What this means to you is that you need to know what your firm does, and even more importantly, how it does it. The next question will be what information is needed by the business units to improve how they do their work. This is what tomorrow’s IT staff will provide. Thanks Gartner for the peek into the future!
Can you dig it? I can………