Computers and science fiction are intrinsically bound at the hip! And no one individual ties the both together than Star Trek’s Mr. Spock! Spock could be seen in most episodes working at his computer workstation fine-tuning the results of a search, calculating odds or presenting definitive course of action. But it wasn’t Spock’s love of computers that made him so special… It was his impeccable logic! SO sound was his logic that Kirk would go on to say, “You’d make a splendid computer, Mr. Spock” (Roddenberry, 1967).

We as human beings often think with emotion rather than logic. Thinking with emotion clouds logical thought. In IT the ability to think logically about a problem is a must… ones and zeros. It helps with the reasoning process… “I understand that your computer seems slow but can you be more precise?” If we can eliminate subjectiveness, we can often get at the root of the problem much more expeditiously. But logic isn’t only used to troubleshoot software bugs. Logic comes in handy for project management concerns as well.

We are constantly moving solutions into and out of the organizations we work for. Returning machines on lease seems pretty benign. We buy machines… they get delivered… we image them… we deploy them to the end-users desktop. One needs to be worried about interrupting the user. We don’t want to incur additional costs because we can’t turn around the number of machines ordered. It takes a lot of planning. The more you touch a piece of hardware the more time it takes to deploy… the better your chances of messing up! Understanding how to stage the machines and being able to be flexible to change needs to be a part of your logic.

Technology data migrations are another place where logic plays a hand. The more complex a migration is the more logic needs to be applied for a successful outcome. One needs to be able to determine the order in which changes happen. Formatting out a hard drive before you move the data off would be a really bad thing. Does the users home directory reside on the server or is it cached locally on their laptop? When was the last time the data was synced? These are just some of the questions you need to adequately plan. It is logic that you use to formulate the best way to make things happen.

Common sense… plays a part here too. The most common meaning to the phrase is good sense and sound judgment in practical matters (Wikipedia, 2010). It is this judgment that when strung together makes our logic sound as well! Some may Logic does not come naturally. Just like our reasoning skills logic needs to be learned. The study of logic enables us to communicate effectively, make more convincing arguments, and develop patterns of reasoning for decision making (Angel, 2007). The more you exercise your logical thinking the better you become at it.

Resources:

Angel, A., Abbott, C., & Runde, D., (2007), A Survey of Mathematics with Applications, Pearson/Addison Wesley

Roddenberry, G., (1967, February 9), Star Trek [The Return of the Archons], New York: National Broadcasting Company.

Various, (2010, April 20th), Common sense retrieved on April 21, 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_sense