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Wednesday, 24th September 2008

Information Week say Utah is the most tech savvy state

Yep — you've got it, this issue of the 10 or 20 most tech savvy states has really got me going.

In their 18-Sep-2008 edition, Information Week dared to challenge our wholy unscientific findings with the outrageously bizarre findings of the Center for Digital Government survey which, based on the number of IT CIOs (Chief Information Officers) and number of senior IT executives across the US, declares that the top 10 tech savvy states are :  Utah, Michigan, Virginia, Arizona, California, Washington, Kentucky, South Dakota, Maryland, and Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

Now, I have been to Utah on business, Salt Lake City and Provo, and my overriding impression was that "titles" are very important in Utah.  I met a lot of nice and friendly people, lots of great places to eat, in town and up in the mountains, but I also met a lot of "titles".  I can't say much about Michigan and Virginia because I have never been to either, but, one thing for certain, nobody told me their titles in California or Texas.  So what does that say about the Center for Digital Government survey :  garbage !

If you want pure, top quality unscientific facts, stay right here with me on this blog — don't go wasting your time with numbers of CIOs, CIAs, ICOs, and OCIs.

Top of the Morning to You !  Barman, another Guinness please.....

—— (TUT) SpaceMan

Wednesday, 17th September 2008

More thoughts on the most tech savvy US state....

That blog of earlier this month on the most computerized, most tech savvy, most computer savvy state really got us going in the office.

What is the reason ?  What’s the connection ?  In University circles Massachusetts is supposed to be right up there, yet it barely made it into the Top 10.  And you can’t just say that California was bound to be top because......  it’s California, the Sunshine state, Hollywood !  No way.  And I don’t buy the argument that California’s unassailable lead at the top is linked to Silicon Valley because if that was the case then Washington State should have been right up there as well, what with two of the world’s largest and certainly most IT savvy corporations having their headquarters up there :  Microsoft and Boeing.  If you work at either of those companies you will have a computer at home, trust me !

So what could it be ?  And Texas being second really bugged me — I never saw that one coming !  And Texas is indeed what made me think of what the link might be between which state is the most IT savvy, most Tech savvy, most computerized state.  Well, I believe I’ve got it.  I believe the ranking in our most computer savvy states list is directly linked to the number of cities of International class, or Internationally well known, in each state.

See if you agree with me :

    1.  California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento)
    2.  Texas (Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin)
    3.  Florida (Miami, Orlando, Tampa)
    4.  New York (New York City, Buffalo, Rochester)
    5.  Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Harrisburg)
    6.  Illinois (Chicago, Springfield)
    7.  New Jersey (Newark, Princeton)
    8.  Massachusetts (Boston, Cambridge)
    9.  Washington (Seattle, Spokane)
   10.  Virginia (Norfolk)
   11.  Michigan (Detroit)
   12.  North Carolina (Charlotte)
   13.  Ohio (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus)
   14.  Arizona (Phoenix)
   15.  Georgia (Atlanta)
   16.  Maryland (Baltimore)
   17.  Colorado (Denver)
   18.  Tennessee (Memphis, Nashville – what a state, Blues & Country!!)
   19.  Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
   20.  Alabama (Birmingham)


Now, as the French saying goes :  “The exception proves the general rule” (which is why it’s called an “exception”! — if you want to look it up, “Il n'est règle sans exception”), so, in true exception mode, Ohio sticks out like a sore thumb. 

And how about Tennessee sporting both the Blues capital of the World, Memphis, and the Country Music capital of the World, Nashville.  If you love both types of music, you're in heaven !

So, do you think my theory is good ?

—— (TUT) SpaceMan

Friday, 5th September 2008

Which state is the most computerized ?

We were wondering about this recently in our office — which state is the most computer savvy, most computerized ?  And one does wonder, doesn't one ?

Might it be New York state, or Washington State the home of Microsoft ?  How about Florida, my favourite for the title ? And of course there is California.

We simply could not agree, so we aggregated the sales of The Ultimate Troubleshooter and out of this most unscientific survey some surprising results came out.

California is out in front on its own, in a league of its own, in a world of its own, nearly 60% more than the second placed state.  The one that came second took me completely by surprise :  Texas !!  Then came the state which I thought would be first, Florida.  Bill Gates' home state, Washington, comes in at a lowly 9th.

Here is the list of the Top 20 most tech savvy US states :

  1. California

  2. Texas

  3. Florida

  4. New York

  5. Pennsylvania

  6. Illinois

  7. New Jersey

  8. Massachusetts

  9. Washington

  10. Virginia

  11. Michigan

  12. North Carolina

  13. Ohio

  14. Arizona

  15. Georgia

  16. Maryland

  17. Colorado

  18. Tennessee

  19. Wisconsin

  20. Alabama

I've got a friend Bob in Auburn, Alabama, so I'm glad they've made it into the top 20.

Interesting, hey ?

—— (TUT) SpaceMan

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