It seems that the debate between centralized and decentralized IT organizations is once again picking up steam. At one point it seemed like monolithic suites and enterprise standardization had swung the pendulum firmly toward centralized IT. But now the disruptive impact of cloud computing, and more specifically software as a service (SaaS), is fueling the decentralization fire. Two recent articles on the topic got my attention.
“Fortunately, the report and my post don’t actually say “demand for IT personnel will fall by 75% over the next 10 years.” I agree that would be ludicrous. What it says, in essence, is that traditional IT departments will be largely dismantled with parts being absorbed elsewhere in the business and parts being absorbed by external service providers, thus yielding a 75% drop in head count at the remaining IT department.Sorry to be unclear in the original post.”
“The CIO position will [either] expand to lead this broader group or shrink to manage technology procurement and integration.”
“IT will be the aggregator, assembler, tester and, to a certain extent, deployer of technology on behalf of the business, but won’t necessarily build or operate those technologies and applications itself.”
“What makes you a great IT professional is your ability to understand the business.”