Lifting the IT Curtain
"I smiled politely but I had no idea what you were saying." So said a non-techie National Parks Service employee, referring to the ...
"I smiled politely but I had no idea what you were saying." So said a non-techie National Parks Service employee, referring to the cocktail chatter he's had with state CIO's and technology vendors the night before.
He mentioned his difficulty to that same audience in Miami, during a session of the annual conference of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, which I'm attending right now.
New York State CIO Michael Mittleman commented later to the attendees, "Wasn't it embarrassing? The Park Service needed a decoder to understand what was being said last night at the reception."
You could view it as simply amusing, the inability of some techies to exit IT jargon-land. But Mittleman fears that tech people use such indecipherable language when talking to legislators. In which case the natural reaction would be a curtain descending on communication and a "no" vote on funding. "Legislators are leery of things they don't understand," Mittleman said. That's true of regular people too."
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Are Muni Bonds Being Replaced by Direct Loans?1 day ago
Unrest Continues in Ferguson1 day ago
To Save Money, Cal State Considers Not Accepting Freshmen at All1 day ago
Judges Overturn Gay Marriage Bans in Mississippi and Arkansas1 day ago
How the GOP's Rust Belt Governors Might Fix its 1% Problem1 day ago
New San Francisco Rule Prevents Employers from Changing Worker Schedules1 day ago