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Did You Know That IT Is Schizophrenic?

A tale of two information technologies. Never the twain shall meet?
Computer network (Pixabay)
Computer network (Pixabay)

IT is schizophrenic! Bigtime. There are two IT’s out there. The first step in dealing with a sickness is to admit you have a problem.

Agile IT
The first IT is cool and energetic. Agile IT runs as fast as a Porsche and is as classy as a 5th Avenue Armani Store. This is the IT of Windows, mobile and BYOD.

When your Windows laptop at work doesn’t cut it, you open a ticket with IT and your problems are solved faster than the speed of light. When your mobile device doesn’t work, IT knows exactly what to do. BYOD? No problem, we can fix your smartphone and tablet before you down a Big Mac.

This is the Agile IT of today and tomorrow. If only the rest of your life worked as well as Agile IT.

Prehistoric IT
Welcome to the past. The world of ERP, mainframes and all that crawls like a snail. At Panaya, we see this 24/7. When is the last time you hesitated to upgrade your Android smartphone? With all due respect to SAP and ERP, Prehistoric IT upgrades are a one way stairway to hell. And you might not come back.

Packaged applications never became agile like their younger cousins.

Talent Follows Agility
As time passes, where do you think the young talent is headed? For Prehistoric IT or towards Agile IT? Take a wild guess.

20 somethings are headed straight towards agility. They can’t spell the word “mainframe” and ERP sounds like herpes to them.

Every day that passes, a few hundred Prehistoric IT wizards retire and there are no “young ones” to replace them. Who can blame them! What would you choose for a career?! To work with a dinosaur system or a career with The Future.

There is only one answer. We must bring Prehistoric IT back to the future. Or at least to the present.

In my next article, I will tell you how!

About the Author
Kenny Sahr is a startup marketing executive. His first startup, founded in 1996, was featured in Time Magazine and on 60 Minutes. Kenny moved to Israel from Miami, Florida. In his spare time, he is an avid music collector and traveler.
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