We've all heard the old saying about being a jack of all trades, master of none. Today, when it comes to the IT world, it seems there are more individuals who become masters of one area and ignore countless others.
In a recent blog post for ITWorld, Eric Bloom recounts his experience speaking with a group of young IT professionals. While these individuals were very skilled in specific fields, they showed a lack of knowledge when it came to larger industry trends and technologies outside their comfort zones.
When Bloom brought up topics such as Big Data, Virtualization and Green Computing, most in the group were largely unaware of their intricacies and implications for the business world. He also points out that while everyone seemed to be familiar with cloud computing, they had no real understanding of how to take advantage of its many benefits for small and midsize businesses (SMBs).
"If you're a Java programmer, then by definition, your software runs on computer hardware. If that hardware is in the data center, then it may be on a virtualized server," Bloom writes. "An understanding of virtualization can help you negotiate the hardware capacity needed to have your software run correctly."
This is just one of several examples used in the blog post to illustrate the importance of being familiar with a wide array of technology and trends impacting businesses today, and what is on the horizon for tomorrow.
The constant struggle that today's SMBs face is trying to understand and utilize the latest IT tools in the most productive ways possible. With understaffed IT departments – if a company has one at all – opportunities can easily sail by, always lingering just out of their grasp.
But, with managed IT support, these same organizations don't have to worry about having in-house experts in every field of technology. They can stay informed about their best options so that they are never late to the party.