IT has become a bit of a shape-shifter, and analysts and IT pros alike are trying to figure out what shape it’ll take next. From Christina Torode’s look into the hybrid future of IT to Scot Peterson’s tip for staying relevant as IT transforms, the question doesn’t seem to be will IT change? but rather how will IT change and how do I keep up?
Torode has a great outline, based on Gartner’s predictions, of how IT can be expected to transform. She cites the enterprise’s search for an “on-demand service experience” as a reason for IT acting like external cloud providers, becoming like an internal cloud itself. Gartner also predicts that IT will take hold of services – its own and those provided by third parties – becoming a sort of “services broker.” Who better to dictate “which applications and data make sense in-house or with a cloud provider, and how to vet the providers on behalf of the business” than those with the most insight as to how each system is comprised.
Among some of Torode’s other insights into the future are more focus on applications and infrastructure, less focus on code creation; temporary projects – big and small – housed and later removed from the cloud; brick-and-mortar workspaces will become as virtual as a company’s data center.
In the end, while the skills most sought after in IT will change, the ability to think one step ahead of the technology will be as necessary as ever. Good old hard work and due diligence will always have their place, especially in such a hands-on, trial-and-error industry as IT.
What are your own predictions – good or bad – for IT, and how do you plan to stay ahead of the game? Let us know in the comments section or email me directly.