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Does IT matter? Alan Turing vs. Nicholas Carr

charlesbetz.jpgBy Charlie Betz


We’re coming up on some significant anniversaries in the history of IT. This year is the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth. Turing, you may remember, is often considered the father of modern computer science and his Turing machine one of the first conceptual models of a general purpose computer. He worked as a codebreaker in British intelligence during World War II (among other things, breaking the infamous Enigma codes), and his life has been the subject of books, films and plays.


And this coming May it will be the 10th anniversary of Nicholas Carr’s provocative Harvard Business Review article, “IT Doesn’t Matter.” (Later, when Carr turned his article into a book, he softened the title to “Does IT Matter?” but you get the idea.)


Aside from giving us some fun excuses to visit Wikipedia, what does any of this have to do with the challenges CIOs are facing today with cloud computing and reports (in some quarters) of their inevitable demise? A lot, as it turns out.

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