The challenges of the new economy -- global impact, global downslides, plus international competition -- demands more from all of us. In one scenario it is recommended that we need Information Technology (IT) professionals to become more business oriented to be able to go beyond a technology fix, i.e., to also provide business solutions within the context of their IT expertise. This will be a challenge to some to shift their thought processes from fundamental IT to thinking the integration of people and technology to fulfill a business mission.
In the electronic newsletter CIO of 28 September 2011 (www.cio.com/article/print/690630), we read about this new hybrid professional called the Business Solution Designer (BSD). The BSD would be capable of applying technology to solve business and operational problems, not just functional technology ones. There are already IT professionals doing this but now they have a name, BSD!
I don't know if it is the sound of 'Business Solution Designer' or what, but the article caught my interest. Maybe it's because I tend to be a systems person interested in the whole enterprise and this new 'person' reaches beyond their defined specialty to a broader perspective. Becoming a BSD would certainly make one more valuable to influence business decisions and to be a better bridge across disciplines. I found this focused idea definitely a worthy direction for all professionals to consider, i.e., add business acumen to one's specialty.
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