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The IT Agenda: Adaptability is Critical

From Tech to Dreck

I am distressed by the number of IT professionals who are interested solely in technology, dismissing all else as irrelevant to their jobs. I'm also dismayed to see vendors encouraging this attitude. Cisco bills its Networker's Conference as "100% Pure Technical Content." For those who find this appealing, here's another phrase: "underemployed."

IT workers once had the luxury of being "pure tech." We all remember those days. But as information technology has matured, such singularity has become less of an option. Data networks are now so important to business and society that the people responsible for maintaining them must be well-educated and capable of making complex decisions aimed at increasing productivity and decreasing costs. Network grease monkeys and broom pushers aren't the be-all and end-all anymore.

Think about it: Why would a company that has invested thousands, even millions of dollars in its IT infrastructure (with millions in revenue transactions flowing through that infrastructure every year) want to pay grease monkeys and broom pushers to run it all?

Professionals in other fields pay attention to far more than just the technical aspects of their jobs. Medical professionals make life-and-death judgment calls based on much more than the mechanics of keeping someone breathing. They also follow a code of ethics intended to protect individuals and the public health overall--and when they don't, they pay the price, in lawsuits and license revocations. And the accounting industry has taken a brutal beating of late because, somewhere along the line, some of its members forgot to act, well, professionally.

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