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  1. Shonali Burke
    August 19, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    I love this point of view, Deirdre, and I’d never thought of this before as clearly – but yes, I’m absolutely a technology tester, and I think most of us are. My guess is that we’re all testing a lot of the same things!

    I remember when, at a former place of employment, I was testing and reviewing measurement systems. Somewhere, early in the process, I was “gently reminded” to run them by IT. I said, “No. They have no clue how any of this works, and it’s all Internet-based anyway. They don’t know what’s going to work for my department any more than I’d be able to tell them what kind of servers to use.”

    It felt really liberating!

  2. Lisa Gerber
    August 20, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    Yes yes yes! Anything we can all do to better understand technology, the more effective we become at our jobs.
    I agree, we are always testing a variety of platforms but we are also getting a better understanding of things like HTML, html5, CMS, and more. As we work closer and closer with web developers to create online campaigns, we need to be able to better speak their language.

    Great points here, and thanks! And hi Shonali! 🙂

  3. Deirdre
    August 20, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    Hi Lisa, it’s great to hear that you are constantly testing platforms to get a better understanding. I really enjoy working with the web developers and it’s nice to finally be able to speak their language. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with technology.

  4. Deirdre
    August 20, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

    Hi Shonali…what an awesome story!! I love that you said “No!” That must have been extremely liberating. I’ve always felt that being in the communications department meant knowing firsthand what systems are needed for the communications department. And, you’re right we would never tell IT what servers to use. Thanks so much for sharing your story and I’m happy that you liked the post 🙂

  5. Brittany at Sprout Social
    August 26, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    Definitely a technology tester (and have been at previous jobs as well). Love knowing what new tools are out there that can really help the organization and improve productivity. Technology is constantly changing and shifting, so to me, it’s always fun and interesting to discover what the next cool thing is!

  6. Deirdre
    August 26, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    Hi Brittany! I feel the same way, it’s really exciting to discover and test new technology. Thanks so much for sharing you thoughts 🙂

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