"There are only 10 types of people—those who understand binary, and those who don't."
This phrase is supposed to be a joke. Yet I think there is more within it than simple humor: It actually describes the way IT departments are working today—focused solely on the binary side of IT. But the vision of IT always was to overcome human limitations: to make mankind more knowledgeable, more independent but better connected, and to make the best out of the available information. But you cannot achieve this by focusing on the binary world. The center of your attention should be less about the digital than the analog—the human world. Therefore, IT must not only master technology, think, and act economically, but also understand humanity. Only then IT can promise its ultimate purpose: to make the world a better place.
Currently, I head up an IT department, and my main interests include IT governance, cloud computing, and IT architecture.