Welcome to my first entry in my first blog! (Actually, I did blog for a few days a year or so ago as a camper at a Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy Camp in New York, but it was more a monolog than blog!) I know I’m not the first to sit at a computer intimidated by the act of joining the blogosphere. More of this later. (I hope to explore my own reaction to/resistance to change against strong suggestions from colleages that I join the blogosphere. I think much of that is shared experience, and what IT professionals face as the business worlds and IT profession converge over the next 10 years).
I’ve named this blog “IT Organization Circa 2017” in an attempt to position the domain of interest – what will the IT Organization inside businesses, governments and other organized entities look like in 10 years (2017) and how did they get there? I picked 2017 as it’s 10 years from now – a time-frame that seems to allow much change to be possible, but that I will (statistically, and hopefully) be around to see.
I’ve worked with IT organizations for about 35 years, in the US, Europe, and Australasia. I’ve been involved with dozens of multi-client research projects that have attempted to gain insight and understanding of IT effectiveness, business value realization and organizational change management. I watched (and hopefully, helped) over that time as the IT profession evolved from mainframe, to client-server, to web; from Assembler and COBOL, to RPGII and C, to Java and C#. I’ve watched as the most valued IT skills evolved accordingly from coding, to business analysis and design, to demand shaping and innovation. I’ve watched as the IT organization came “out of the shadows” as a perceived “necessary cost” to a “strategic enabler.” Where does it go next? How does it get there? How does the line between what the IS organization does for the business with IT, and what the business does for themselves with IT get drawn and redrawn over time?
I hope that this blog will become something of a focal point for engaging in a global conversation about how IT organizations will evolve over the next 10 years.