What does progress mean to you?
We asked IT professionals from companies such as 3 UK, Care International, Youth Justice Board, Hertford Regional College and Surrey County Council what it means to them.
Watch the video below to find out what they had to say.
Read the full transcript from this video below:
Video: What does progress mean to you
Brinley Platts: Progress in the material world, these days, means sustainability. I think that is the new progress. I think whatever we do out there in the world, going forward, has got to be sustainable, and we have got to stop going to hell in a handcar, really. I think progress in thinking is interesting. I think that is where we will see some new opportunities. I think thinking in community terms, thinking in ethical terms, starting to be more inclusive and trying to get beyond some of the divisions that we have traditionally experienced. I think that is the new progress, as well.
Ray Titcombe: Progress, what does it mean for me? I suppose the first thing is making the organization feel slightly uncomfortable because benefits and improvements will come out of change, and nobody likes change, so any project needs to have that ingredient. I suppose the other thing that I would summarize is getting the approval and the buy-in from the rest of the board of directors and senior management teams, so that they actually see the benefits, and then you are on a roll.
Greg Adams: Progress to me is leaders of organizations realizing that information is a strategic asset that they can use to apply to their decision-making progress, and they can start using that data and information to make decisions that make a meaningful impact on their organizations.
Bill Limond: I think progress can mean a lot of different things, obviously. Just focus on the role of CIO. I think progress, to me, is moving from a focus on the technology and moving up the value chain to really what the terms should mean, which is management of the technology to manage information and communication. Really, information is the asset in the organization, whether it be private or public. The ability to be able to manage that is what really marks progress for the CIO and the CIO role.
Darren Silvester: To me, progress means an actual step change, or improvement, a positive change. A quick example is people actually bringing on their data to the data warehouse, rather than extracting all the data out and putting it on their platform to create their own spread-mart or their own data silo.
Mark Salway: Give people a chance to actually say something about their life. It means giving them the chance to learn, receive education, and also for us to communicate with them. What does it mean from a technical, IT point of view? It means we are all working together because I see all the NGOs working separately, rather than working cohesively. I wish that we could all work together to provide a common IT platform.
Mike Manisty: Progress means to me, that the margin between the cost of borrowing money and lending money moves towards zero, enabled by technology and the internet. I believe that this will have a huge impact on the ability of poorer people to have access to money to better themselves.
Dr. Daniel Hidlebaugh: Progress, to me, because I come from the education sector, means that we, in the IT field, utilize IT to the absolute maximum that we can to deliver teaching and learning tools to the students of this country.
Nick Roberts: Progress means, for me, a fundamental change in the way government works and the way in which it manages communities, a much stronger focus on the citizen and in an area, so that we bring all the different bodies of government together through one vehicle that delivers a complete suite of services. Technology is the root of enabling that to happen.
Mike Mackay: Progress means, to me, that every citizen of the developing world becomes as information-rich as we are in the developed world, and then uses that information to better their lives.
Christopher De Vere: Progress, to me, may well mean a return to the past, certainly as far as virtualization is concerned. IBM has been involved with virtualization for 41 years, since 1968. Many of those techniques that have already been learned may need to be re-learned by other people, or may be transferred by IBM from one area to another. There will be things like how to make ultra- reliable hardware platforms to run virtualization, because a lot of workload will be running in one space, how to make the most out of memory and how to develop the software tools to take advantage of the overall environment that one is delivering. Ironically, progress may well mean drawing from the past, in this particular case.