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CIO upfront: The IT department of one

CIO upfront: The IT department of one

Make your own IT setup a bespoke fit with how you want to live. Invest in the tools you love, and take the time to integrate them, writes Tom Hadley of Imagetext.




This technological domain that appears so alien to most of us is now, in the modern era, not just closer to us but has become part of us. In a way, we are all IT professionals.

Tom Hadley, Imagetext

The term IT comes with a stigma. The very term derived from Information Technology has had to be abbreviated, we just don’t like to give it too much oxygen. After all, the stereotypical nerd is a million miles away from who we are, isn’t he? Well, maybe not.

This technological domain that appears so alien to most of us is now, in the modern era, not just closer to us but has become part of us. In a way, we are all IT professionals.

In the early nineties we started using the wonders of technology, we engaged with IT for entertainment at home (yes, I am looking at you PlayStation and Nintendo) and were productive on another between 9 and 5 at the office.

The noughties saw movement, in a literal sense, we could work on the move, become efficient, find more time in our day to complete tasks in a world that seemed to be getting faster and faster.

However, we are now on the precipice of a new age. The age of technology not being a tool but an extension of who we are, our personality, our brand.

Our IT is a representation of how we want to live daily. I boarded a flight this morning down to Wellington and, as usual, drew the short straw to be in the middle aisle, flanked by two distinctly different characters.

To my right a bearded fellow much like myself sporting ripped jeans and a loose fitting fashionable t-shirt. To my left, a smartly dressed middle aged businessman, clean shaven, serious and rigid.

Tom Hadley of Imagetext
Tom Hadley of Imagetext

We are now in the age of technology not being a tool but an extension of who we are, our personality, our brand.

I consider myself a hybrid of these two individuals. We sat in a row akin to that of a Darwinian evolutionary timeline. But these similarities in appearance are as close as we got given the behaviour that followed, initiated and displayed by our personal ‘IT departments’.

I am a firm believer that if on a business trip the flight is a great opportunity to get some rest, recoup and clear the head. I had my laptop with me but it was overhead having its rest as well.

Instead I had earphones in and was relaxing to the dulcet tones of my favourite tunes. Now – on my right, the bearded youngster pulled out his Apple Mac as soon as the seatbelt sign pinged off. And like that, he was off, Keynote open, typing away like he was playing ‘whack-a-mole’ with his keyboard.

A sly peek and his 34-page deck on biochemical engineering looked pretty interesting. To my left, the suit had carefully placed his tablet on his food tray and was waiting for ‘Age of Empires’ to load, obviously with relaxation (or procrastination) key to his journey, much like me.

My point is this, the technology we use, the technology infrastructure we set up around ourselves in order to help our daily life - from our alarm clock to presentation creator to downtime gaming machine to exercise and sleep tracker is now second nature. It’s time to invest in tools you love. Take the time to integrate them, to set them up.

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Make your own IT setup a bespoke fit with how you want to live. No longer is IT the nerd in the glasses – It’s you, it’s me and it is as individual as all of us. Start to love your IT, it’s part of you.

Tom Hadley is business development manager at Imagetext. He worked in various roles with the Police before moving into ICT.

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