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Letters: IT and Change

Everything in IT is subject to change, time and the availability of knowledgeable personnel. It's a given that every IT manager wants to support his or her company with the latest technology. The real challenge is knowing when the latest technology is right for your enterprise.

Many of our corporate leaders began their careers when technology was little more than the click-clack of a telex machine. Momentous changes have since given rise to the Information Age, a revolutionary period we've come to take for granted.

Beginning in the early 1970s, when I first entered IT, companies have found the structuring and overall use of information to be their most valuable tool. One of the most influential architects of today's IT infrastructure was futurist Alvin Toffler. In Powershift, Toffler predicted many of today's corporate practices, discussing ways in which companies might collect customer information to market their products and services more effectively.

IT departments are expected to carry the weight of a company's information, which in turn becomes the structure by which all decisions can be made. When the bottom line is at risk, it is usually IT that is asked to redouble its efforts.

Network Computing strives to address the evolving trends every IT manager needs to know. NWC's continuing ability to share its wealth of information with its readers is a tribute to its staff.

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