Having worked in IT for years, I have to say that I get tired of the bum rap we receive. Information Technology workers are generally portrayed as self-absorbed, arrogant know-it-alls with some sort of personality disorder. My least favorite example is “Mordac the Refuser”, the IT person from the Dilbert comic strip.
And no, not just because our names are similar.
I can’t help but wonder if part of the reason IT has the rep that it does is because at almost every company, it is IT’s job to say “Sorry, that’s not doable.” Sometimes the requests made seem reasonable, so if IT is refusing, it must be because they just don’t want to. At the end of the day though, IT is bound by what is possible with the equipment on hand. So why not get new equipment?
It may be a poor craftsman that blames his tools, but it’s an idiot hobbyist who buys cheap junk.
Computer Assisted Design review site Cadalyst (who get major props for the great name) are working with Dell Precision Workstations and Microsoft to help you do an end-run around IT’s totally legitimate limitations with a contest entitled “Don’t Let IT Limit Your Potential”. Coming soon, the winners can get assorted prizes, including a new Dell Precision workstation. No jumping through IT’s hoops to get new tech. As for how IT will react to you supplying your own hardware, that’s another story. Considering that BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is all the rage for mobile devices, I can’t see them having too big a fit about you saving them a few thousand on a new workstation.
Speaking of hoops to jump through, let’s talk about what you need to do to win this thing. The first step is to sign up for an account at Cadalyst – something you should probably do anyway if CAD is your line. Then you need to make a short video, 1-2 minutes long, explaining why you need a Dell workstation, be it for work or home. Yes, home – don’t scoff. While workstations are made for the professional, not everyone who needs that level of computing power is sitting in a cube farm in Silicon Valley. Plenty of freelance content creators would be thrilled to have a machine like Dell’s T1700 workstation. Available as a small form factor or mini tower, the T1700 sports Intel’s newest “Haswell” i7 chip, specifically designed to keep power consumption to a reasonable level without sacrificing computer power. I personally would not say no to one of the Haswell-powered portable workstations (think a laptop, but with more power than you’ve seen outside a movie) like the M4800. Both examples ship with either the tried-and true Windows 7 Pro, or Windows 8 Pro, the latest in professional grade operating systems from Microsoft.
But enough about me – what do you need a Dell workstation for? That’s what Cadalyst wants to know, and if you can sell them on it, they can make your wish come true. So dust off those “begging your parents for a dog” skills and get creative. This is up to you; no fair blaming IT if you don’t win.
Unless, of course, your IT guy is the actual winner. Then it is perfectly okay.
This is a sponsored post from IDG/Dell.