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B2C or "Back to Consulting"

November 12th, 2003 — 12:29am

Talk­ing over the prospects for cur­rent and for­mer Inter­net and dot com pro­fes­sion­als over lunch one day dur­ing the sum­mer of 2002, I learned from an MBA stu­dent that in busi­ness schools the joke about B2B was that it now meant “back to bank­ing” and B2C stood for “back to con­sult­ing” — cyn­i­cal, but no doubt true.
Accord­ingly, I’m excited to be going B2C at a bou­tique con­sult­ing firm based in Cam­bridge, called net­N­u­mina. After a few years in prod­uct com­pa­nies large and small, I’m look­ing for­ward to a con­sult­ing envi­ron­ment again. This is a refrain I hear from other friends from who’ve moved into indus­tries and roles out­side con­sult­ing. Once a con­sul­tant, always a con­sul­tant?
Regard­less, large bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and finan­cial ser­vices com­pa­nies are the lion’s chare of netNumina’s clients, so I’m dou­bly excited about and look­ing for­ward to the chance to work within large and very com­pli­cated infor­ma­tion spaces.
Employ­ment prospects are a bit bet­ter now in most Inter­net related fields — despite off­shoring — and it seems that demand for Infor­ma­tion Archi­tec­ture is solid, based on my expe­ri­ence with this most recent round of free­lance con­tracts and job search­ing. This is a sign of improv­ing health and under­stand­ing in the mar­ket for IT and knowl­edge work­ers.
Why so, when other roles and titles con­tinue to fall by the way­side? Because Infor­ma­tion Archi­tec­ture is one of the few dis­ci­plines that expressly aims at mod­er­at­ing the unpleas­ant effects of the ocean of unstruc­tured data and the end­less num­ber of hap­haz­ard infor­ma­tion envi­ron­ments now envelop­ing daily life. The bio­pharma indus­try in par­tic­u­lar is expe­ri­enc­ing orga­ni­za­tional pain as a result of accu­mu­lat­ing so much data, in so many dis­parate reser­voirs, with lit­tle or no onto­log­i­cal struc­ture.
But before I start, I’m tak­ing a few weeks to travel — Ams­ter­dam, Barcelona, Iceland.

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November 3rd, 2003 — 9:53am is mov­ing to a new host­ing provider over the next few days, and might be down from time to time while I migrate, upgrade, and rearchi­tect. Please bear with us dur­ing any tech­ni­cal difficulties…

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