Louisville, Kentucky's chief technology officer works with the Code for America Brigade captain every day. That sounds to me like a good way to start building a smart city. But there's more to it than that. “My job is to help us chart the course forward” for what he sees as the new IT. If as the metaphor goes, data is the new oil, or technology is the new steam engine, or “smart” is the new “rich and famous,” Ed Blayney has just sprung the gate. This former second-in-command of an Army infantry company in Afghanistan says civic tech's not going away.
Like some about-to-be-deposed Middle East dictators, some IT people fear the barbarians at the door that Dave Wells hints at. In a recent interview with Information Management editorial director Jim Ericson, Dave talked about the "storm" about to overwhelm IT departments. Then there are the reactions to that.