What will future IT buyers look like?
A recent article I read had some interesting predictions about what IT will look like in the near future. It appears that Cloud computing is changing the landscape dramatically. Here are the predictions that the experts came up with and that are in line with what we see at Apps on Tap.
The IT department won't be physical.
There's a dramatic shift to the cloud, but most of us can still tell you who works in IT, where the department is located and who is in charge. By 2020, there will be a shift from an IT department for end users to a "follow me" IT service provider mentality. In other words, IT itself will move to the cloud. The concept will shift from a department that manages cloud services to a cloud service itself.
CIOs will be managing fewer humans, especially for security.
By 2020, the role of CIO will shift away from one that is mostly about managing humans in a large workforce. While that may seem too far-future for some, the reality is that computing is becoming much more autonomous, requiring less dependence on human intervention for systems to run correctly.
End-users will not be in departmental groups.
That shift will be one of the most critical changes for CIOs, who often meet with teams to collaborate and strategize. Instead, IT will become a service provider to individuals, making sure their gadgets, software and systems work.
Bring Your Own Desktop (BYOD) will be the norm.
In the future IT department, employees will bring their own devices to work and IT helps makes them secure. Today, that remains an exception to the rule in most cases; IT still provides hardware to employees and manages the infrastructure. IT will mostly be charged with managing employee-owned devices. For the most part, workers will find their own computing devices and use them at work.
CIOs will impact business direction.
Many CIOs of today meet with business leaders and contribute to the overall direction of the company. In the future, the CIO won't just contribute. He or she may be the main thought leader, moving from an advisory role to one more focused on direct innovation. The CIO will be involved in every key business decision, from marketing to product design to logistics, because technology will play a pivotal role (or even the major key role) in those areas.
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