When I asked the question "What do you hate about technology?" the buzzwords of the fan boys came up often.
Buzzwords often derive from technical terms yet often have much of the original technical meaning removed, being simply used to impress others. Buzzwords make me tired. There are so many self proclaimed "experts" that show their alleged superior knowledge by using buzzwords to describe some technology product or feature. Here are some of my most hated buzzwords in the field of technology.
The phrase "cloud computing" is one of the most obnoxious overused terms in modern technology geek speak. Simply put, the cloud is just the internet. It's when a bunch of computers get networked together and you can access that network from anywhere. Storing data in "the cloud" just means it's available online so you can get it on multiple devices that have access to the internet.
For a few decades, there was the power to the people, with more and more "work" done locally on the computer in front of you, and more files stored on local serve. Computer networks became decentralized.
Understanding the differences between the System Administrator and the Power User is essential to successful technology integration.
I've heard the complaints over the years about the evil power mongers known as sysadmins. I've read many articles complaining about company IT departments that unfairly lock down workstations so users can't install software. The articles are often written by disgruntled power users wondering why they have the latest and greatest applications at home, but work for companies that force employees to use clunky programs.
This series on technology management helps business professionals to better understand technology management in a business network. It also hopes to give the average network user an appreciation of the reasons behind the decisions made in managing the business computer network.
The Systems Administrator
On a small to mid size network there may be little, if any, distinction between a systems administrator and a network administrator. The tasks may all be the responsibility of a single post. As the size of the network grows, the distinction between the areas will become more well defined.
Some people are constantly worried about making the right technology decision. They are always looking for the right time to buy technology, and for them, now is never the right time. They worry that price drops are just around the corner. They worry that new technology will make their new tools obsolete too soon.
Technology is a fast paced business, price drops are always around the corner, and new tools that make your purchase obsolete are inevitable. Don't let fear of making a bad decision slow you down, or prevent you from making a decision.
Refusal to accept basic assumptions
Everything we do is assuming something, like when we drive, we assume the car coming at us won't swerve and crash into us, your monitor you are looking at won't explode in your face, the food you eat isn't poisoned, the person next to you in Wal-Mart won't stab you. Everything we do starts with a basic assumption.
The world is full of experts that self proclaim themselves as masters in some area of technology simply because they use a buzzword to describe some technology product or feature. But there also comes a point in time when you need to seek out someone you can trust, someone who understands your needs and your situation.