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Do you believe new technologies would offer a bigger return on investment than new employees at your company?

Do you believe new technologies would offer a bigger return on investment than new employees at your company?

Top Comment: Culture eats Technology for breakfast . View poll results (1067 responses)

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Anonymous Author
Culture eats Technology for breakfast
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Anonymous Author
Unfortunately, answer is yes in most cases!
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Anonymous Author
Actually Both are needed. New Technology with old people experience is an ideal combination.
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Anonymous Author
It depends.  I am firm believer of Talent is the foundation. Without people there is no technology.  However there are type of work the tech will have hire ROI than a human
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Anonymous Author
I struggle to get past "it depends" for the reasons below:   - I see some comments here on culture eating technology. I agree. But I don't think "new employees" equates to "investing in culture". New talent acquired poorly, or for the wrong reasons, can damage culture. - At the same time, technology for the sake of technology can be just as expensive a mistake.  - To introduce a chicken to the egg, what good is new technology without the right talent to implement it (e.g. devs, DBAs, PMs, etc.)?   - Maybe a third option for this poll should be some form of "investment in your existing talent".  So... for me, it depends.
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Anonymous Author
My first thought is that I would want to invest in the people, the last 5 years suggest investing in tech has shown a better RIO- a melding of both is the right answer as long as the company culture is designed to embrace the tech for optimial outcome.
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Anonymous Author
It's hard to answer this question without asking additional questions. What are you really missing right now that would help you generate the fastest or most sustainable ROI? What technologies would truly provide a larger ROI than the right people? Beyond the sales talk and the buzz, do you really know what this product is will cost you in the long run? Will the culture you have accept the new technologies and adopt them quickly to produce the desired results? Do you have the right people in place to find the right people you need? So many questions...
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Anonymous Author
Agree with Mike. Invest in your people. They will figure out the tech.
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Anonymous Author
This is a very interesting question, I believed both technology and people are needed, based on the business objectives. Getting technology and not know how to use it to help achieve the organization strategic goals and business objectives will not benefit the organization.
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Anonymous Author
Technology without support from the right processes and trained people would be ineffective. Case in point - double-layers of distinct IPSes seems like strong security until you find out that there are no deployed rules in block mode simply because the admins are too afraid of disrupting production traffic.
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Anonymous Author
Hire the right people, and they'll bring the tech with them. Try to foist new technology on people that are used to doing things a certain way, and you'll end up with old ways implemented in new tech. 
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Anonymous Author
This is one of those 50/50 arguments for me. It all comes down to in which technology you'd invest, and the quality of employee you can hire for the salary you're able to spend.
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Anonymous Author
Depends on if it's task oriented work or decision oriented. Task oriented can be quickly delivered with technology, while decision oriented needs people. Take the wrong approach to either and you won't get the return.
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Anonymous Author
Only if there are already enough employees (and plural, not just one) to support and maintain the technology. If a firm invests half a million in a technology and has one person responsible for it, what is their plan when this person isn’t available, whether permanently or temporarily? The returns from investing in the tech quickly diminish when it goes months unutilized while finding a replacement
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