Executive Director's Message: The World of Tomorrow
Friday, February 8, 2013
In a recent issue of Popular
Mechanics (PM) ,
the editors took on the future. Armed with input from inventors, astronauts,
chemists, journalists, climatologists, physicists, scientists, academics, and
more, PM attempts to develop a tidy little list of 110 predictions of what may
be in our future for the next 110 years. It's an interesting read, although you
have to decide for yourself how much you believe is based on fact versus
fantasy. While the idea of using a drone to help protect endangered wildlife
species seems almost "now", the notion that supercomputers will be
the size of sugar cubes is beyond mind-boggling. Of course, it was probably just as
mind-boggling to have read in a 1949 PM article that "computers in the
future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
Predicting the future of the field of information systems can
be equally daunting. Change is forever
part of the IS field. It can be overwhelming
in fact. So as fascinating and intriguing as it is to ponder some of these
futuristic concepts, I believe it is important to continue to be rooted in
those things for which we can base ourselves; namely, those values which can
sustain an organization in any environment. I speak of those things such as
consistency, purpose, integrity, and vision.
As the association continues to grow, so does the demand for
consistent products and services
which can help members advance their careers.
Those products and services must have a purpose which is uniquely offered to our members. The delivery of
those products and services must be with a high degree of integrity related to customer service. As well, we must also be
able to see into the future a bit, that is, the vision for our future must be clear.
The AIS Member Service Center (MSC- aka the AIS Office) has
recently been restructured to meet the current and future needs of members.
Although we continue to operate with less staff than comparable associations of
our size, scope, and budget, the restructuring will enable us to do a better
job more efficiently and effectively. Please click here to read about the
services we provide, the staff members behind them, and our service pledge.
As James Meigs (EIC) for Popular Mechanics, states "one
of the biggest challenges in forecasting the future isn’t understanding
technology, it's understanding people – and people don't have an unlimited
appetite for change." So while the
world around us changes, at what seems to be warp speed, we will continue to
stay focused on you our member so that we understand you most of all.
What do you see in your future and how can we help? Give us your thoughts here.
AIS Executive Director
P.S. And no worries…there’s a list of 10 things that will
remain the same in the future which includes Frisbees, pencils, duct tape, and
beer…now you can rest easy!
Popular Mechanics, "The World of Tomorrow” 12/2012