Watching the speach by Jim Spohrer about his work for IBM on the ‘Smarter Cities’ concept, he talks about the surveys they held amongst CEO’s regularly. Asking them how they see the future, and what possibilities they think will be there. One of the CEO’s suggested they should hold these same surveys amongst the future CEO’s. Then they held the survey at business schools, and the outcome was more optimistic and foreseeing further into the future. It’s good to hear that students are in fact positive about the future developments, but it is not a good sign that the current CEO’s do not look as far in the future as the generation who will be living then. When they limit their foresight and future planning, and with that their ideologies, how can they truly make proper plans for their business. When the next generation of CEO’s will be left with the narrow minded approach of their predecessors, it is much tougher on them to continue, and improve as they go. Later in the presentation he comes to a slide where he numbered the amount of research done on each system we rely on for our welfare. The research done on education is very low. So, where are we heading if the steering power of today’s major businesses aren’t looking ahead, and those who are to follow up on them aren’t educated to fulfill tomorrow’s needs?
In the article ‘Communications of the ACM’ the writer mentions “that efforts to make everything uniform never work. They fail not because a given process is not good enough, but because it is too rigid, because it does not adapt easily enough to the inescapable diversity of IT projects”. If uniformity doesn’t work in a technical thing as Information Technology, how can we expect it to work properly in fields like education and healthcare? We are forced into one rigid system, that doesn’t bend, and where there is no room for alterations. Being different is a deadly sin, and when you fail to stay within the bars of what is considered to be ‘normal’ the system can’t handle the situation. It’s a good thing that it is now evident that rigid implementation doesn’t work for IT, though it is sad that it hasn’t been discovered sooner in essentially vital everyday business like healthcare and education.