Disclaimer MBA (Computing), MTech (Internet and Web) so I might be biased.
First, for Gartner ppl to understand something, it must be presented in a quadrant. If it is not, they do not get it. I am pretty sure I cannot present this in quadrants, will try though, but if some Gartner analyst manages to make it into a quadrant, they will get promoted into main quadrantian.
1. Education is second major export industry, behind minerals and it is worth about $15 billion. Minerals already are getting ridiculous amount of handouts, so investing in IT education is investing in second biggest Australian export industry. I am a bit worried that Gartner Analyst is unaware of that.
2. That aside, Australia must find way to diversify. Currently top exporting industry, minerals, covers about $130 billion, second and third together cover only $26 billion. Australia must find way to remove such dependency on mineral sector from its future. It must invest in education and knowledge economy. It must invest in the future, that is the government's job. Claiming that IT is about as important as HR is sort of, well let's call it... wrong. First because IT is mostly value adding, while HR is cost. Business rules are "invest in value adding, reduce cost". So, investing the same amount of money in value adding branch as well as in cost branch is, well let's call it... wrong. I am a bit worried that Gartner Analyst is unaware of that as well.
3. Third thing, IT offers potential that other industries, except bioengineering do not. Entry barriers for IT are quite low. For bioengineering is a bit higher, but compared to entry barrier for mining it is still peanuts. Disruption is quite possible in both. Last 30 years, almost all disruptions came from those two industries. Small number came from finances and even smaller from all the other industries put together. Jester is telling us this because of the internet, blog, and the rest of disruptions that happened in IT. I do not see that many disruptions in HR, to be honest.
4. Fourth. I have no idea what to put here, I just needed one more, for Gartner ppl to understand what I was saying :)
If anyone could be so kind to format this in quadrant and pass it to Jester, he might get it.