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Enterprise IT crosses the chasm

Bernard Golden | Nov. 21, 2014
Author Geoffrey Moore's book 'Crossing the Chasm' has been influential in the IT industry for more than two decades now. The theory was a good model for how most enterprise IT shops used to work. However, now enterprise IT is crossing the chasm and heading in the direction towards innovation.

I've seen many presentations containing a slide with Mark Andreessen's quote "software is eating the world" in the past month (and, in the spirit of disclosure, my presentations also have a slide with the quote). The remarkable disruption our economy is undergoing is completely changing the role of IT -- turning it from a late adopter of mature products to an innovative creator of leading-edge solutions. Instead of impassively standing on the righthand side of Moore's chasm, enterprise IT is increasingly reaching across it to incorporate emerging technologies. We are in the very early stages of this process, and it's becoming clearer and clearer that the world of enterprise IT is going to look quite different in the very near future.


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