Name change

At Friday’s all staff meeting we voted to change the name of our organization from the “office of information services” to “technology services.” Other candidates were “office of technology support,” “office of technology services,” “the magic box,” “technology solutions group,” “technology support,” “technology wizards,” and “support for the human interface with technology.” The latter was my personal contribution… we voted using personal response systems aka “clickers.”

I mentioned the name change to the President’s Cabinet this morning. They think “technology services” is too narrowly defined, preferring “information services.” I noted that my title is “cto” and not “cio.” An interesting silence ensued.

5 Responses to “Name change”

  1. Bendy said:

    Apr 30, 08 at 6:42 am

    Teknowledgy Services would get both the “tech” and “information” connotations you seek. Cutting Teknowledgy Services would emphasis your forward-looking direction, and get you up to three letters in the acronym, which should be a given, really.

    It’s not to late! Be sure to make a cool Web 2.0 logo.

  2. Bendy said:

    Apr 30, 08 at 6:54 am

    Oh wait! You will probably need to camel-case or something, so it doesn’t imply you are “cutting” technology, but rather, “cutting edgy”. Tho’ something like

    Cutting teknowlEdgy Services

    would please both the geeks and the luddites. A+++++! FOR THE WIN!!!!!

  3. Sukey said:

    Apr 30, 08 at 3:25 pm

    I like the mashup approach – here’s mine

    Technoformation Services

    and you could become the Chief Officer of Technoformation.

  4. admin said:

    Apr 30, 08 at 4:57 pm

    I read this and started laughing so hard from my office that my assistant immediately wanted to know what was up. Both of these suggestions are so friggin’ brilliant. You know, it occurs to me, why not make this a sitcom? I mean, we could just screw everything up but in such a hilarious way that we’re actually a little beacon of fun in an otherwise boring world.

    I’m going to have to share both these suggestions with the staff. Bendy’s gets the win for being the name NO ONE will ever get right, ever. Sukey, yours is dangerous because it almost sounds right…

  5. Maurry said:

    May 01, 08 at 5:57 pm

    I think it has been well-argued by others that a rose by another name would still smell as sweet. So any name would serve well, and I would have suggested a name that hides just exactly what you do so that complainers would have difficulty finding your department

    The fact that the voting was done by personal response systems does imply that the discussion was bitter with many ad hominem attacks. So I would say that in your short time there you have managed to move your department in an interesting direction.

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