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Does IT Matter a Decade Later?

May 30, 2013

Info TechI was midway through my career at the now defunct ADVANCE for Health Information Executives, a naitonal health IT publication, when the story that IT Doesn’t Matter broke. Nicholas Carr had written about IT’s place or not.

I reached out to CIO members of our editorial advisory board and other CIOs for their thoughts. Many were skeptical with Carr’s commentary.

But, today, I read a piece by a former executive from IBM who wonders if Carr might have been onto something.

At the time the story broke, Carr said “IT vendors were up in arms, because he was essentially telling their customers that the competitive advantage gained by IT investments was shrinking once everyone had access to the same technologies, and that they therefore did not need to be spending much money on the latest hardware and software products. CIOs and IT analysts had a more mixed reaction, with some disagreeing with Carr’s points, while others saying that they made a lot of sense.”

Read Irving Wladawsky-Berger’s comments from today’s Wall Street Journal. What do you think? Does IT matter any more or less today than it did 10 years ago? Let me know your thoughts. And, thanks for reading.

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