Two-thirds of CEOs believe IT will make a greater contribution to their industry in the next 10 years than any prior decades. For the IT leader to thrive in this environment, IT leaders must lead from the front and re-imagine IT, and they must embrace the post-modern business, a business driven by customer relationships, fuelled by the explosion in information, collaboration and mobility.
A new era of urgent and compelling forces
This new era brings with it urgent and compelling forces, which include mobility, the cloud, social, and an explosion in information. These forces are innovative and disruptive just taken on their own, but brought together, they are revolutionising business and society, this nexus defines the next age of computing. To understand this change, you must appreciate each of the forces.
Firstly, the shift to the mobile is almost overtaking many IT organisations that can't move fast enough to catch up. Mobile is not a coming trend. It has already happened. In 2010, the installed base of mobile PCs and smartphones exceeded that of desktop PCs. Less than 20 million media tablets, such as the iPad, were sold in 2010, but by 2016, 900 million media tablets will be purchased - one for every eight people on earth. By 2014, the installed base of devices based on lightweight mobile operating systems, such as Apple's iOS, Google's Android, and Microsoft's Windows 8 will exceed the total installed base of all PC-based systems.
That's incredible change, not only for individuals. It requires IT to re-imagine the way it provides applications. By 2014, private application stores will be deployed by 60 percent of IT organisations. The applications themselves will be redesigned - they will become context-enabled, understanding the user's intent automatically. Mobile computing is not just the desktop on a handheld device. The future of mobile computing is context-aware computing.
The cloud combines the industrialisation of IT capabilities and the disruptive impact of new IT-led business models. However, the shift away from traditional IT acquisition models to public cloud services is still in the very early stages. For example, Gartner estimates that while US$74 billion was spent on public cloud services in 2010, which only represented 3 percent of enterprise spending. However, public cloud services will grow five times faster than overall IT enterprise spending (19 percent annually through 2015). What supply chain models did to manufacturing is what cloud computing is doing to in-house data centres. It is allowing people to optimise around where they have differentiated capabilities.
Also, the next stage of social computing is about mass-customer, mass-citizen, and mass-employee involvement with enterprise systems. With 1.2 billion people on social networks, 20 percent of the world's population, social computing is in its next phase, IT leaders must immediately incorporate social software capabilities throughout their enterprise systems."
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