This week marks one year since we started our “3 Questions” series, where we find experts and ask them three questions about their field, the IT industry, and generally What It All Means.

Needless to say, we’re always interested—and sometimes surprised—to see which of the 3 Questions features elicit the most attention from our readers.  (Incidentally, the most popular 3 Questions piece in the past year was our interview with Bowdoin College CIO Mitch Davis.)

So what tidbits have we gleaned from our year’s worth of interviews?

  • You like reading about big data and data analytics. Nearly a third of our most popular 3 Questions features have been with experts in this area: Carla Gentry, Avinash Kaushik, Michael Cavaretta, Catherine Reynolds, and Kirk Borne. Of course, we don’t know exactly why you like reading about big data so much. Is it because it’s a new, burgeoning, and sexy field? (After all, how could you resist articles about “data nerds” and “data puking”?) Is it because we were fortunate enough to get some big names in the field, such as industry leaders Google, NASA, and Ford? Are people in data analytics simply thrilled to see coverage of their area and so they leap to read our interviews and share them with their friends? Hmm. Maybe we need more data analytics to figure it out.
  • You also like reading about higher education and educational technology. Five more of the most popular 3 Questions features in the past year have been with experts in this field: the aforementioned Mitch Davis, Baz Abouelenein, Melissa Woo, Rob Abel, and Vi Bergquist. In many ways, the education sector needs to be on the forefront of efficient IT use. The sector must keep tuition and consequently expenses low, most of its user population rotates every four years, and inquisitive students can cause the most interesting IT problems.
  • Finally, you’re interested in hearing from women. One of our goals in our 3 Questions series has been to draw attention to stellar individuals in the IT field, and that includes women and minorities. A third of our most popular 3 Questions subjects have been women: In addition to Carla Gentry, Catherine Reynolds, Melissa Woo, and Vi Bergquist, there’s security expert Theresa Payton and industry veteran Judith Hurwitz.

As always, we’re humbled and honored that so many busy, important people are willing to share their thoughts with us. We hope that we continue to publish 3 Questions features that intrigue and delight you—or at least cause you to click on them and send them to your friends. And if there are subjects, industries, or individuals that you’d like us to include (including yourself! Don’t be shy!), we’d love to know about it. Let us know in the comments. 

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