The best advice gives you trade-offs, not magical cures. These are the articles you want to pay close attention to. They are very much worth your time. Whether the subject is cloud computing, BYOD, big data, or another shiny new ball, articles that only tell you what you'll get from them without explaining what you'll give up are selling you a one-sided coin.
Want to run a more profitable business, with more efficient processes and more effective employees? That takes hard work. Want information technology that confers strategic advantage -- that does more than just keep pace with the herd? That will be more hard work. Oh, by the way, you might need to spend something to get it all.
It's all about trade-offs. I've been reading about the magical telepathic programming language that will know what the computer is supposed to do even when nobody knows what they want it to do since I first started programming professionally more than three decades ago.
In all that time, what has happened, over and over again, is that we've found ways to make the easy stuff even easier. The hard stuff remains hard -- for which we should all be grateful, because that's why we have human beings. When the hard stuff gets solved without our help we'll wake up to discover we've made ourselves pointless.
I've read about futures like that. Let's hope we never wake up to find ourselves in one of them.
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