Grunts remain undisgruntled in 2006!
by Rick Jelliffe
The money quote:
Ten years ago, the grunt programmers and network admins were installing Web servers on surplus PCs reformatted with Linux while the CEOs and CTOs played golf with salespeople and mandated corporate-wide Exchange Server deployments. Those same low-level techies made XML a success by throwing out decades of legacy binary gook and replacing it with off-the-shelf, open source parsers. Today, these people are quietly installing REST, Atom, and RELAX NG.
This is a slightly romantic view, of course. C*Os don't only spend their time arranging pointy-haired golf deals, but they are also the ones pushing for adoption of Open Standards (though, perhaps the push to Open Standards is as a result of golfing with IBM sales people rather than MS sales people!). And low-level techies are sometimes the most conservative of people; they may play the field early in their careers and strive to find the most fabulous technology to best handle a job, but sooner or later they fall in love, settle down, and don't want a divorce.
They are aware. IT is the most conservative of all departments. They too want to take weekends off, sleep with employees, do the wild thang and take home bigger dollars. They too want to socialize and mesmerize. So time spent massaging a new server or plug in application is not what they have in mind on Friday night.