A recent comment in Rod Drurys blog made me think about what I didnt like about ICT in NZ.
And, I just wondered…. if you split IT spending into two camps right, the “Product for lots of people” camp, eg, orion health, xero, silverstripe, sidhe, etc and the “Im building/supporting software for one user” camp.
Obviously, the first camp is the cool camp. And the second camp is the government/telecom/bank/big business camp.
So heres my thesis. Camp 1 in NZ is tiny. Camp 2 in NZ is HUGE.
Corollary: IT in NZ is pretty dull, because Camp 2 is the not-very-fun camp. Camp 1 is where the cool kids hang out, doing really neat stuff.
Obviously, the division between the 2 camps is not crystal clear, those vendor types who build websites and things for multiple clients for example… ah, stuff it! Throw them in camp 2. That doesnt sound amazingly exciting to me!
So anyway, if I tell someone that IT is cool and fun and exciting, I’m obviously talking about camp 1, not camp 2. If you want more people in this industry, camp 1 needs to get much much much bigger.
Anyone have any idea about relative proportions between the 2 camps? Anyone have any ideas how to encourage more product development and less support?