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RobPreston
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11/25/2013 | 10:05:19 AM
Digital Titles
Chief digital officer? Oh, wait: That's a new one that probably won't be around in two years. 
Laurianne
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11/25/2013 | 10:42:13 AM
Re: Digital Titles
I met a college student studying IT earlier this year who told me her major was MIS. To hear that term come out of the mouth of someone under 30 was shocking to me. Is that college in a time warp, or does this term live in academia?

I remember all the titles of the early 90's -- and the way our parents translated them at family gatherings: "He's in computers."

 

 
Paul_Travis
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11/25/2013 | 11:36:25 AM
DataComm?
I remember interviewing folks in the 1980s who had the cool new title of data communications specialist. That was so we wouldn't confuse them with the folks who ran the company phone system.
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11/25/2013 | 12:02:04 PM
Re: Digital Titles
Even though the titles and technology has changed, I don't think that IT's role has shifted too dramatically. Install, manage and configure. Rinse and repeat. But it is fun to look at the past sometimes isn't it? Technology has progressed at a fantastic rate, and seemingly everything has changed except for Microsoft's dominance. 
TerryB
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11/25/2013 | 1:28:42 PM
Re: Digital Titles
It hasn't gotten much better with titles, maybe worse. I'm now officially an Application Lead. Does that even give you a clue I work in computers, much less make my living as a developer and ERP specialist?

I still just tell people I work in "computers", it easy and they get picture.

 

Sad seeing RPG on list. It certainly isn't the same language it used to be. It has native language functions now that do XML translations. The free format version (Yes, for you kids it used to be a fixed format language, meaning things had to be in certain columns of your text editor to work) looks more like C#, VB or Java than the old RPG. It is still alive and well in shops that run the IBM i5 (formally AS400), which is still the finest business computer in the world.
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GAProgrammer,
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11/25/2013 | 2:28:26 PM
FORTRAN
FORTRAN is like the AS/400 - used for many years but still used today. FORTRAN is very prevalent in high performance scientific analysis (think FEA, DEM, etc). Like the AS/400, it's not a field I would suggest anyone go into, but is a blast from the past that is still used today.
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ANON1249547663249,
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11/25/2013 | 2:43:34 PM
dBase programmer...
Loved the article. Got a really good laugh when I saw the dBase programmer title as that's how I cut my teeth in the field.  (The irony of the whole thing is even as I write, I've volunteered to convert one of those dBase programs that was handed over to another department - by me - over 15 years ago!)  And they're STILL using it to this day!  Wow....
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11/25/2013 | 3:03:43 PM
One more...
Add Blackberry system admin to the list.
Thomas Claburn
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11/25/2013 | 5:24:04 PM
Re: Digital Titles
I missed any mention of the ephemeral dot-com era titles like chief experience officer. And oddly chief yahoo hasn't caught on outside of Yahoo.

There's also a case to be made for rebranding chief privacy officer as chief data usage officer, per Facebook's decision to offer a data use policy rather than a privacy policy (lest anyone think privacy is offered).
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11/25/2013 | 6:49:24 PM
DEC VAX
I was a VAX Basic Programmer and System Manager back in the day. What a sweet machine.
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