On the Co-Evolution of Information Technology and Information Systems Personnel
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This essay addresses changes in information systems (IS) personnel and information technology over the past seven decades (1950s-2010s). A co-evolutionary perspective guides the discussion and emphasizes the mutual influence of changes in technology and IS personnel. The review considers (1) major eras of technical innovation and the steady expansion of the boundary that includes IS personnel; (2) the cyclical nature of a surge of needed technical skills with each technical innovation, a growing "shielding" of end users from the details of operationalizing the technology, and growth of end user domain application skills; and (3) implications for the education of IS personnel.
Copyright © 2016, Fred Niederman, Thomas Ferratt, and Eileen Trauth, ACM.
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Niederman, Fred; Ferratt, Thomas W.; and Trauth, Eileen M., "On the Co-Evolution of Information Technology and Information Systems Personnel" (2016). MIS/OM/DS Faculty Publications. 57.