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I’ve said before, I learn so much (perhaps most?) from my clients.  I’m out at Pebble Beach for one of BSG Alliance’s Senior Executive Summit meetings.  I’ve been presenting our research on Reaching Level 3 Business-IT Maturity.  Before my session, at the opening dinner, a client was asking me about my presentation, and as I described my thesis to him, he said, “Very interesting.  It sounds like a confluenceof business and IT.”

I loved the term, and used it in my session yesterday.  Everyone liked it!  According to Merriam-Webster Online, con-flu-ence means:

1: a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point <a happy confluence of weather and scenery>

2 a: the flowing together of two or more streams b: the place of meeting of two streams c: the combined stream formed by conjunction

I’ve been using the term convergence to describe how the role of IT in business is transforming, but confluenceworks so much better – a happy confluence of business and IT, the flowing together of business and IT, the place of meeting of the streams of business management and IT management, the combined business-IT stream formed by their conjunction.  So, what does IT look like circa 2017?  Like a confluence of business and IT.  I’ll pick up this them in subsequent posts.