It brings to mind the early days of using computers in this industry when spell checkers would miss something, and we’d be asked why the technology failed. We’d become so accustomed to relying on the technology, that we stopped actually reading our copy to proof for errors.
One of the things about this story which encourages me is the follow-up, in which IT is significantly absent from the story. That’s a good thing. The fact of the matter is this isn’t about IT, and we shouldn’t be looking for technology to prevent this sort of error. We’d like to think that such a solution exists, but the fact of the matter is that there are many cases in which we’ve simply got to be careful. This could just have easily come about as the result of leaving a document lying around on a copier, or faxing it to the wrong number, neither of which would necessarily be viewed as a technological breakdown. Mistakes are going to happen, and unfortunately technology can compound these mistakes, significantly faster than leaving a paper lying around.
Are there technological solutions to this problem? Maybe there are. I’m skeptical. Having heard a couple suggestions already, they still have holes. It always seems to come back to a people issue. An HR executive has got to be extremely careful when crafting this sort of message using e-mail. They should be double and triple checking their addressees before ever hitting the send button. The best way to combat those mistakes is by learning these lessons, and in teaching our users to be thoughtful and careful when using the technology. It’s a tough lesson to learn the hard way.]]>
For those of us in the Advertising business, this is nothing new. If the prediction does come true, it will probably have some impact on us as well. Right now, I think we’re fairly typical of Ad Agency’s – We use Mac’s for Creative, and PC’s for everything else. If there were a change in this mix, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of a split between Macs and PC’s among our Account Service staff. We’re doing a small amount of this now in situations where Creative staff has moved to Account Service rolls, and it hasn’t caused any unsurmountable issues. Part of the increased market share would also come from Agencies moving from a split to all-Mac environments. I think this is much more likely in smaller Agencies.
How will this impact other businesses? That will be interesting to watch, especially for those of who have lived in a dual-platform world for a while. Will the increased market share come primarily from smaller company’s? Will we start to see the Mac make some inroads into larger company’s? Will it happen with IT’s blessing, or will IT have no choice? Where will corporate IT find folks to support the Mac and deal with cross-platform issues? Who knows, maybe those of us who have been doing this for a while may become a hot commodity.]]>