I am not easily impressed by technology. In fact, I am often a contrarian and don’t easily buy into the hype of the “next great thing”. It’s probably a combination of factors.
One being that I started my professional career during the 1980’s and 90’s – a period of time when there was a veritable explosion in new technology. A period of time when technology titans such as Apple, Microsoft, Intel, and Oracle (to name just a few) were born. A time when mainframes were giving way to distributed computing and the internet was coming of age.
Another factor was my increased disillusionment in technology as I saw people needing to serve technology instead of technology serving people. Where I saw very smart people (those with the 50-pound brains) glued to their screens looking at spreadsheets and feeding their ERP beasts data instead of applying their minds to efforts that are more value-add; to the point where they are almost fearful of making a decision unless some system tells them what decision to make.
And lastly, that the arrogance in technology companies habitually, even chronically, oversell and under-deliver on their existing products and promises of their future products – leaving businesses and consumers wanting…