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What does IT mean?

By Jeff Nygren ·
Looking through a recent IT Career NetNote, I can't help but wonder just what do people mean when they talk about IT? ('... career in IT', 'IT Manager', etc.) Some seem to imply that any position that involves touching a keyboard is an IT position. In other places, only the guys who string CAT5 cable or install upgrades on the SQL database server are IT personnel.
I'm a codeslinger. I write Windows apps and device drivers in 'c' or 'c++'. I wouldn't consider this an IT position, but a look throught the want ads seems to indicate that mine is not the majority opinion.
At your company, what does IT mean?

Jeff Nygren

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by highlander718 In reply to What does IT mean?

Information Technology ?


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by djameson In reply to ?


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by TonytheTiger In reply to IT=CJ

That's probably more accurate than IT :)

(Maybe that's because right now, I am trying to get a handle on hundreds of thousands of obsolete and duplicate files on the network)

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by djameson In reply to

open a duscussion, maybe we can help.

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IT is

by maecuff In reply to What does IT mean?

The department that the rest of the company blames all their problems on.

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as in

by BHunsinger In reply to IT is
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by afram In reply to What does IT mean?

IT are the people who get called when someone says:

"Help! my computer doesn't do something I want it to do."


"Help! My computer does something I don't want it to do."

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Meaning Of IT...

by debbie.curtis In reply to What does IT mean?

I was surffing thru the site and came across your question. I am a Instructional Technology & Telecommunications major. And the term "Instructional Technology" has many definitions. Since the field came of its own over thirty years ago, academics and practitioners alike have struggled to define the scope and meaning of Instructional Technology. I know I had a very hard time understanding what it means. I know that there are a lot of people who ask me what does IT or ITT mean. I usually just tell them it deals with computers. Well, what i learned from intro course is that ITT or IT is...


The systematic application of scientific or other organized knowledge to practical tasks (Galbraith, 1967).

Instructional Technology is a systemic way of designing, carrying out, and evaluating the total process of learning and teaching in terms of specific objectives, based on research in human learning and communication, and employing a combination of human and non human "process" rather than educational or instructional equipment or machinery (Wood, 1994).

Instructional Technology is the study and practice of design, development utilization, management and evaluation of processes and resources for learning (Seels & Richey 1994).

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