Usually around this time of year, I'm down in Orlando paying a personal visit to Mickey Mouse -- and the always intellectually stimulating Gartner IT Symposium.
IMHO, if you've never been to a Gartner Symposium, you've not earned your information technology stripes. The Gartner events I've attended in Orlando have always been some of the most useful, actionable, and intellectually stimulating IT events I've attended. Seriously.
Of course, IBM is usually there as a vendor, so my focus has normally been on working the event. But I had the opportunity to blog from there last year, and judging from the media coverage I'm already seeing come out of Orlando this week, there's already some very good stuff going on.
No sooner than the fumes from the Google/YouTube deal are starting to get inhaled and processed by the wisdomish crowds, Gartner analysts were reported to have said today in a CNET story that there is going to be a "large-scale shift in technology influence toward consumers and away from central corporate IT departments."
Get your consumer Internet jiggy on, "central corporate IT." This could be a wild and fun ride!
Gartner director of global research Peter Sondergaard said that "there is a shift in technology ownership" and that IT had better get prepared to handle this new onslaught of what he called "digital natives."
Speaking for all the other digital natives out there, let's rejoice in a collective virtual hallelujah and sing a William Gibson/Bruce Sterling/Nicholas Negroponte-ish version of "Kum-Bay-Ah."
Tell you what, I'll go and collect some firewood, you go and gather some leaves, and then we'll all get ready to build a big fire and send out these Gartner smoke signals to all the other "central corporate IT" folks who didn't make it down to Orlando so we can try and get the message out.
Then again, I guess we could just build a wiki?
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