"So, your Holiness, now your priests are dead, and I am left alive. But in truth it is I who am dead, and they who live. For as always, your Holiness, the spirit of the dead will survive in the memory of the living." - The Mission
Ever wondered why so many IT projects still fail? I think it's because the world of IT runs on people without any formal education who are into it because it's either 'fun' or just a good opportunity.
In which other industry can you still apply for a specialist's position, when all you have is to weeks of training and some experience fumbling at home? That's like becoming a surgeon, because you like to cut the meat when cooking.
The reason that this situation continues to exist after the three or so decades, is because people in general still don't grasp the complexities that make up the IT environment. But also because people in IT explain this fact.
Rocket sience is what it is, namely complex, but take some intelligent people, give them the proper education and they will be able to do it. It's the same with IT; appreciate it for what it is, invest in formal education for it and prepare the right people to operate it. Only then will IT provide it's full potential to the people and not just to the shareholders of the major IT suppliers.