Every employee is now an IT employee, to some degree

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Are we reaching a point in which members of the corporate workforce are almost as tech-savvy as IT professionals themselves? The experiences of Google's CIO may be instructive.

Walter Frick of The Harvard Business Review recently spoke with Google CIO Ben Fried about what it takes to run the technology that supports one of the world's biggest tech operations. While his enterprise is still somewhat unique -- just about every employee has highly advanced computing skills -- the rest of the world is rapidly catching up, he says.

Blame it on Generation Y -- today's 20-somethings. As Fried put it, within any workforce that has a heavy contigent of under-30 employees, "make sure that that daily impression, that first impression they get of IT, is a good impression."