While i’m in my complete idle time

i browsed our internal forum, called Gonzo. It’s quite similar with PHPBB. There’s an interesting topic, the thread title is IT Management, and this is the first post:

Hi all,
Quick snap poll:-)
How many of your direct or indirect IT managers have a formal tertiary education in IT?

In the majority of my working life (all in IT roles) I’ve had managers or direct supervisors whose original training/education was in an industry other than IT. The many and varied “original” vocations of my managers have included boilermaking, teaching, mathematics, and geology. From what I understand most of these people got to their position in a “de-facto” way – either because they expressed an interest in, or were competent with computing and technology.

I’m not casting any dispersions here – all my managers have all been great people to work for – I’m just curious to hear people’s thoughts on what the future holds if the next generation of IT management will be a group of people who’ve had formal training in IT disciplines….

Keen to hear your thoughts and to share your experiences (let’s not name names – BHPB IT is a small community after all!!!)

And woww…i thought this problem only occurs in Balikpapan where I’m the only IT degree holder?! And guess what, the forum admin, which his title is ‘Principal Architect Technology’, he doesn’t have IT degree at all! Almost all of IT decision makers in this biggest mining corporate don’t have any IT degree, but business. As a mining company we have a lot of geologist, but a lot of geologists turn into IT experts!

This is a reply from an Corporate SAP Implementation Manager

Not sure I fully agree with Dave about the impact of latency in the process at Uni. Yes it is there but the reality is the same bureaucracy exists in many companies and also for many other good reasons businesses are not on the bleeding edge anyway. I remember my first day at BHP many many years ago now and I did a work order on the first day because I had been using DG AOS/VS CLI at Uni so therefore totally relevant education.

To me Uni achieves 2 things – one is the piece of paper that helps you get your first job. The other is learning how to learn. Armed with this you can chop and change all over the place as long as you keep learning. A bit of practical experience soon replaces the bit of paper though.

Of course some of the fundamentals are important depending on the chosen path.

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