Re: Musings on technology and organizational learning

Mark Tabladillo (
Wed, 14 Dec 1994 21:32:54 -0500 (EST)

On Tue, 13 Dec 1994, Eric Bohlman wrote:
> Part of the problem is that many IS types "grew up" professionally at a
> time when computers were expensive and people were cheap. At that time,
> it made economic sense, albeit on a rather superficial level, for people
> to do extra work to save computer time. Now it makes no economic sense
> at all, since the lines crossed several years ago and an hour of human
> time costs a LOT more than an hour of computer time. . .
> From: (Eric Bohlman)

Excellent analysis Eric. I would add another assumption gone: computers
are only understood by a few technical experts, i.e. the IS department.
Thus, the IS department becomes the major "customer" of what the computer
can provide, never mind what others want.

This, too, will go to the wayside as our kids who grow up on Nintendo,
Sega, and Game Boy will be the professional users of the future.

GGGGG Mark Tabladillo
G School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
G GGGTTTTT Georgia Institute of Technology * Atlanta, GA