The ability to “talk about IT” will be a necessary requirement for management jobs in the future. But language skills have also increased in IT itself.
In recent years, however, the situation has improved significantly. We’ve made substantial progress in talking about IT. Language development runs through all functions and hierarchical levels – from management to executives in business and IT to specialists. Until recently, only a few CEOs were able to participate in discussions about digital transformation, but today more and more are even able to have a say in IT decisions. This means that they not only know the terms and concepts of using IT – such as “digital twins” or “customer-centric business ecosystems” – but they even understand the concepts important for the design, construction and operation of IT, for example ” enterprise architecture” or “Scrum”.
Even in traditional economic sectors, such as agriculture, managers are committed to ensuring that the HR department enables further training in computational thinking. The days when IT decisions were the responsibility of the IT department seems like a distant memory, which at best causes a little nostalgia for some. More often, however, the new IT competence in management is perceived as a real enrichment that strengthens the commitment to corporate success.
Farewell to secret languages
Language skills have also increased in IT itself. The use of pattern languages is becoming widespread. The fact that manufacturers like to invent their own pattern terms only slightly clouds this progress. Because thanks to improved language skills, the exchange of experiences among those responsible for IT architecture is now at a much higher level than it was just a few years ago.
Sometimes there are setbacks, for example when companies accept that they work with IT architecture images that only a very small circle of insiders can interpret. For comparison, imagine that only some mountain monks could read the plans for high-rise buildings. That would be bizarre – and it shouldn’t be accepted in IT either.
Overall, however, the trend towards more comprehensible communication prevails. It is communicated more and more often with expressive architectural images and with clear language. This is good news for humanity, for the economy and for IT. The only concern is that the public administration will not be able to keep up with this development. The political-administrative complex functions according to its own rules. One of them is – not everywhere, but in many areas – that people don’t speak the language of IT because they stand for higher values. Just like Louis XIV.