Here's his definition of post-industrial computing
- Industrial computing = process > information > people > technology.
- Post-industrial computing = people > information > process > technology
@BergMart asks how many companies are still in Industrial Comp and how many in Post Industrial? My answer: many companies still haven't achieved industrial computing, at least if we look at the adoption of industrial computing tools and practices. (The practices are much more important than the tools, for two reasons. Firstly, the tools are a waste of money if you don't adopt the practices as well. Secondly, at least for small projects, you can often implement the practices without fancy tools.)
Is it possible to skip straight to post-industrial computing practices, or does this just result in some romanticized incompetence? (This question is superficially similar to the earlier debate about maturity levels - whether it is possible to jump to level 5 without passing through the intermediate levels.)
So we need to look in more detail at the characteristics of post-industrial computing: replacing the economics of scale with the economics of scope, along with Flexible Specialization. (See Wikipedia: Post-Fordism).