After 34 columns, reality IT is coming to an end as I transition into another phase of my professional life. I have decided to move into technology consulting and leave the world of corporate IT (at least for a few years). In this, my final column, I want to leave you with this thought: On the surface, IT seems to be in a constant state of change, but beneath the churn of technology the profession is guided by long-standing principles.
This realization came to me about a year ago, when I was visiting my hometown and had the opportunity to catch up with the parents of one of my childhood friends. My friend's father worked as an IT consultant when the field was in its infancy. I sat and listened to his stories, like a young soldier in awe of a seasoned veteran. So much of what we discussed is as pertinent today as it was then.
First, my friend's father could see even then that organizations would rely on IT and IT workers to drive the business. Today, IT is at the heart of every critical function in a business, and IT must provide an advantage for the company. Conversely, technologists must take into account the impact system downtime has and ensure that IT problems don't impede the business.