Open Source: The Next Generation of IT?
In a recent interview with John Andrews, president of research firm Evans Data Corp. (EDC), we discussed a recent study conducted by the organization on the future potential of open-source databases. He told me that this and other studies had led him to conclude that younger IT professionals were far more inclined to embrace open-source technologies and methodologies because of its flexibility and opportunities for innovation. This, he maintained, represented the new frontier of IT, and the individuals who are newer to the industry wanted to be pioneers, blazing new trails in this area.
This statement was interesting to me, especially as the numbers of new entrants into IT occupations are dwindling, according to many observers. It made me wonder: What exactly attracts people to IT in the first place? Is it the notion of being the first to do something or go somewhere, like the conquistadores of old? I’ve started a thread on the Open-Source discussion board in the CertMag forum on this topic, and I’m very interested to get your opinions on the matter. Drop us a line sometime and let us know what you think.