Recently, I’ve been involved in a number of initiatives around future skill needs. Trying to define ICT skills in the context of finance, retail or professional services for instance is far from a trivial task.
As we start to see real-world examples of the internet of things, based on mass produced, low-cost technology it raises an interesting topic, at what point does technology become disposable? Gareth Baxendale FBCS CITP asks.
A presentation by Alison Hood and Grace Beardsley of the National Audit Office at a recent PROMSG meeting in London reported that in decade 2002-2011, 75 per cent of government projects were completed late, over budget or did not deliver the benefits expected. This was not exactly a surprise here at Project Eye HQ.
Project Eye had someone at the first event of the PROMSG Spring School on project start-up and they have just reported in. Jeff Morgan, the hugely experienced former project manager (now PhD student in computer-supported music composition) was giving a talk which could well have been entitled ‘what makes a good project manager’.
It is often observed that there is a gap between what IT could deliver and the experience of what actually happens. For me the trouble is that this is often put down to ‘IT problems’ when it is often due to other factors.
In light of increasing coverage about the internet of things (IoT), it is not surprising that sovereign governments are paying attention and introducing initiatives to try to understand and take advantage of / benefit from the immense promise of the IoT.