What do you think technical eminence is?

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 11.25.02 AMThis is a very interesting topic for me as I have heard the term several times within IBM. Let’s tear apart the phrase:

Technical – obviously someone who is a technical expert or at least claims they have the capability to enter into a technical discussion about architecture and implementation.

Eminencefame or recognized superiority, especially within a particular sphere or profession. – link

Mixing these two together can be problematic in the technical world, especially if you are an introvert or someone who is not social at all. In the old days people published books, articles, or spoke at large conferences to gain “eminence“. Today, I see a very different way of achieving technical eminence through social media and social networks.

If you are reading this blog then you are most likely familiar with what I write about and what my YouTube channel is. I have often been on the fence with some of my content because I am trying to reach a variety of skills, mostly developers and users of IBM software and tooling. One could easily argue much of my material is either too technical, not technical enough, or not technical at all. This balance in my opinion is very delicate and in my experience you can potentially lose or gain readers based on this balance. With my videos especially, I do not want to get down the path of being viewed as “just a demo person” with no depth, so I intentionally write about coding, connecting, and architecting the solution. Of course many of my videos and content represent the contributions of a much larger team.

So the question is, how valuable is this “technical eminence” to companies? Should technical architects and software engineers or senior level IT staff be “out there” building their personal brand.  In my opinion, technical eminence is achieved when the individuals material or individual himself is often referenced on the subject at hand. This comes down to mentions, views, readership, and most important of all recognition as someone who “knows this” and is “known” for this. Thoughts?

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