IT teams are changing and evolving. The separation between business and IT is blurring. Against this backdrop of changing personnel and strategy, teams need to learn to take a new approach to working with their IT colleagues.
Simply put, as advanced technology becomes more ingrained and commonplace across business teams and being “tech savvy” is a requirement of everyone’s job, the traditional role of IT as gatekeepers, tech support, and system admins is drifting away. (this was beautifully captured in an infographic on how the Cloud and other tech developments have impacted the role of designers).
Via (an IBM exec) explains,
“It’s not a matter of ripping out what you have, whether it’s IBM’s or from other vendors, but extending it, adding new capabilities, integrating those applications or those services. Some of our long time customers already have a solid start to “social” when they move their Notes/Domino implementations to Version 8.5.x, which delivers XPages in the application development environment to build Web & even more mobile applications. “
Where does IBM’s strategy break from the disruptive technologies and solutions of tomorrow?
This quote from a recent ComputerWorld blog raised the question: would an IT be the first in providing on-demand mobile apps directly integrated into core business functionality? The main quote:
Think how empowering it would be for employees in the field to have access on their smartphones and tablet computers to applications such as field force automation, sales force automation and executive dashboards. Imagine the edge a company would have if its IT was the first to roll out applications that let customers and partners interact with the business anytime and anywhere via their mobile devices.
I’m pretty sure that the answer is this is already happening and not the ‘next frontier.’ True or false? What examples are out there?
With just over a month of the launch of Maarifa 2.0, we’ve covered a lot of territory. Sometimes it helps to step back and put it all in context, especially for those of you who may be new to the site. In this post, I’ll review the major themes, lessons learned, and best sources for ongoing learning.
In this series, you’ll see 3-4 weekly posts so stay tuned for more.