In the world of Information Technology, GIS is a unique beast.  From power users who require capabilities beyond your regular office personnel to database systems that are a lot more complex in their modeling than the average.

This blog post on Geobreadbox handily captures many of those points and is well worth the read.

http://www.geobreadbox.com/blog-1/2016/2/19/11-geospatial-friday-gis-vs-it-the-ultimate-battle-pt-1