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I have never known a time when the UK (or indeed elsewhere) has had enough skills for IT. Not just the skills in the technology itself, but in project and change management, architecture and tech support.
John Wanamaker’s quote: ‘half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half’ is one of the most well-known business quotes of all time. Is it true? Talking over with friends and colleagues in the advertising sector I’ve been given campaigns that have varied from 10% to 90% successful in their opinion. Putting a number on overall rates has been as much a craft as a science.
This is my 151st post on this blog and time for me to stand down. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to share some thoughts with the BCS community for over nine years. I want to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the constant challenges I’ve seen in presentations, books, articles and business cases over the last 30 years.
Back in early 1996, the then PM John major announced IT for All. Now in 2009 in the UK we still have 17m people not benefitting directly from digital technologies. A recent experience of mine has caused me to reflect on how we proceed to eliminate this digital divide.
Standardisation is a central feature of the IT discipline. It has a complex interaction with innovation at both a technological level and in terms of market acceptance.
At this time of the year, those of us in futures work are often asked to provide predictions or suggestions for the coming year. At the same time it is a period of reflection to gauge what insights past suggestions may have yielded or what we missed or just got plain wrong. It’s a valuable exercise.
For me, the laziest and lamest excuses that senior folk make is ‘we didn’t see it coming’ and ‘no one could have anticipated that happening’.
One of the great claims for web technologies is that they enable greater transparency and scrutiny of the powerful, by open access to data. This transparency is in itself, it is often argued, an unalloyed public good.
One of the astonishing features of the developments in ICTs has been how smooth the technology development appears. The eponymous Moore’s Law has worked for over 40 years. There have been many hiccups and dead end technologies along the way but at a macro level the industry has evolved amazing smoothly. It feels a lot different at the micro level, but that’s a different story.
I'm not sure that the late Freddy Mercury was thinking about web 2.0 when he sang those words. The song came on the radio as I finished reading Wired's Chris Anderson's new book "FREE" and Malcolm Gladwell's review.

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