Everything Changes At Once, and Does It Twice
The shift away from 19th-century business organizations and 20th century IT is a shift toward boundary-free enterprises that requires significant change, fundamental change, in IT and business architectures and models. As we move from the pre-Cloud era into and through a relatively short transitory period that emphasizes a blending, hybridized IT environment, we have to consider the massive impact this shift has and will have on enterprise IT organizations. It will change the mission, roles, and goals of IT organizations not only as they transition now, but again in a few years as they shift toward even more, new, Cloud IT.
IT organizations will be challenged by the need for Cloud speed versus the need to avoid the stumbles that come with an accelerated approach. Starting with a comprehensive vision of enterprise Cloud use is key to achieving this balance, and to enabling the scale of guidance that business orgs and users will require to understand what they have, how to use it, and how to work with IT to achieve that.
Focusing on guidance first helps to underscore the greatest change for IT organizations as we move toward the Cloud Future: The change from being a “control” organization to being an “enabling and guiding” organization. We have published a series of CIO/CTO interviews and insights for our CLS clients on how this is being accomplished in the real world, and will be publishing more throughout the rest of this year (944CLR, Cloud Business Summit Leadership Report: Key Insights and Best Practices, 31Aug2011).
And of course we will be incorporating all of this with our second annual Cloud Business Summit, to be held Nov. 17 in New York City. Saugatuck clients will receive personal email notice of the conference details over the coming weeks.
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