Information Technology (IT): What Is?


Hey, what’s up? John Sonmez here from simpleprogrammer.com. I got a question about Information Technology. What’s that? I almost tossed this question out because
I was like, “Really?” But then I realized that there’s actually
some value in this question. Let me read it here. This is from Ohad and he says—he’s not sure
about his name, he says, “Ohad pronounced Oad I guess.” Okay, well, I’ll guess Oad too. He says, “Hi John, I tried to look after videos
about IT at your channel and I found none. I hope you can share with others by posting
a video about what your thoughts on this is. Jobs, what is IT, is it worth it?” He says, “No, I’m not lazy. I looked after information and I actually
found some pretty OK stuff. I guess I just want to hear one of your stories
and your experience (if there is any with this subject). Thank you very much for reading this email. Have a wonderful day!” All right, so I don’t mean—I don’t mean
to make fun of you. This is a valid question I think is—and
the reason why this is a valid question, I mean because some of you are like, “Oh, that’s
kind of dumb. IT? What is that? Information Technology. What are you even talking about here?” That’s the problem. I think it’s pretty ambiguous. I was just thinking about this when I was
thinking about tossing out the question and I said, “Well, wait a minute. What does IT actually mean today? What does it mean Information Technology?” We kind of just toss it around and we don’t
really know what it means. It was a little bit more distinct I think
maybe 10 years ago, but now what does it involve, especially for those of you that are new software
developers, some of you are confused. Honestly, I’ve gotten some emails, “What is
the difference between IT and software development and what does it encompass?” In the corporate world, we call it IT and
we kind of just know what that is, but what does it actually mean? IT Information Technology, this is my definition
of it. It’s basically the entire scope of all the
jobs and everything that’s related to computers and technology in business. That has sort of changed a lot over the years
because we used to have IT people and IT people were the people that would come and set up
your computer at your corporate job and install Microsoft Windows on there and image your
system and if your hard drive crashes they would fix it and they would set up your network
and all that. I think there’s still that part of IT, but
IT is also now the dev ops people, the developer operations people who are part developer and
part operations people who do the infrastructure and also make sure that the software gets
deployed. IT is technically you as a software developer,
right? You’re IT as well because you’re part of IT. I think that was always kind of part of it. Information Technology is sort of that whole
big scope of every single job role and responsibility that as to do with computers in the business
setting. That’s how I would define it. Some people might define it differently but
that’s really what it is. The IT industry is that entire industry and
it’s really big. But a lot of things are changing, because
again, we used to use the term to talk about the help desk people, the people that would
set up your computer and networking and stuff, but a lot of times now we’ve got the cloud. We’ve got AWS where we’re basically using
virtual machines and we’re using cloud based hosting and so a lot of companies aren’t—they
don’t even really have IT, they’re outsourcing IT essentially because that infrastructure,
those guys that used to run those network wires and used to give you an IP address they’re
not needed anymore because we’re able to solve that with technology. There are still plenty of those people around,
but I’m just saying in general, a lot of companies where IT was sort of, when I was—earlier
in my software development career, it was just like, “Duh?” Now it’s actually—there’s a lot of new software
developers that are like, “Well, what is that? I don’t understand it? Don’t we just spin up a machine in the cloud? What is IT? I don’t get it. They’re software developers who write code
and that’s it and then we have dev ops guys and we deploy the code. That’s it.” IT in some companies has been eliminated based
on that. You don’t necessarily have to have a network
guy. You don’t necessarily have to have a help
desk guy because you’ve got this ability as technologies change. That’s really what it is and it’s something
that, like I said, is evolving. Hopefully that clears up. Some of you are like, “Oh, this is—what
are you even talking about, John? This is dumb.” I get that if you’ve been in the industry
for a while. I want to make this video for some of the
newer developers that don’t quite understand like this, because you might have never seen
IT like we used to when you used to have to get a subnet address and split up the IP and
put the subnet mask in and all this stuff. You had to have someone that knew how to do
all that stuff, because now a lot of it is automatic or you don’t need that or you’re
running wires and twisting cables nad all that kind of stuff. There’ll still always be some of that, but
a lot of companies can actually exist with everyone remote and you don’t actually have
a real IT department in the company and I think that the way for the future. I think that that kind of IT is going to disappear
but the general IT that includes software developers and all of those other roles that’s’
always going to be around obviously. All right, if you like this video, if you
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Danny Hutson

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