Patrick Masson March 12, 2009 12:15 pm

As a 30-something CIO, you're right, I don't see alternate models such as distributed services as inherently "irresponsible" simply because they are new--or at least new to the organization--but I don't ignore potential risks due to the brilliance of shinny new things. Rather I assess these as any other replacement/upgrade/extension to existing services/systems. What is more interesting, and I believe germane to a discussion on a generation gap, is how the decision to engage with such services occurs. I am very much less interested in legacy organizational hierarchies, where "vision," "leadership" and "direction" are set forth through top-down affinity based initiatives, set by the CIO or other executive staff. Transparency, openness, self-organizing groups, collaboration, emergence, BI, and iteration have replaced traditional command and control practices and left "senior" management wondering what role they play in such evidence-based organizations. Indeed, I would argue, it is this organizational approach that has led to the development of the vary technologies now causing such consternation. It's not that I "don't worry about potential consequences" it's just that how I identify, assess and address those are dramatically different. For me, this cultural shift has proven to be the greatest change and challenge between generations.