• With IT moving to centrestage, it will become a much more unique differentiator for business and hence true business innovation will happen internally by IT
• This trend will drive specialisation of IT staff and kick off an avalanche, increasing the business and technology skills across all layers of the IT delivery and operation value chain
• Multi-year projects will be an experience of the past and typical projects will take three months, with really long projects being 9-12 months
• This is driven by essentially reusing prebuilt or industrialised components to 50, 70, or 80 per cent for new capabilities.
• This is true for infrastructure as well. We will see global hardware and outsourcing providers quickly adopting the Amazon.com model and perfecting it and making it work for more complex requirements.
• For outsourcing, the jury is still out. It will largely depend on a) value generation (versus price alone) and b) the ability of corporation to retain a unique IT differentiator within this model.
IT3.0 core decision-making factor
What provides the corporation with a unique sales proposition versus a me too approach? The me too part will be outsourced and provided by public clouds.
Is there something I should do today, to move into the right direction?
Right now for most organisations, the focus should be to increase the skills of IT staff for application delivery, infrastructure, and associated methodologies. Additional business staff also need to develop a better understanding of the complexities and opportunities in dealing with IT environments.
The goal for the enterprise architecture is to become more flexible and dynamic and hence increase the speed of delivering X fold. I would argue this is a universal need for most businesses in the future, even for business departments.
Flexibility is driven by all layers of IT: people, processes and technologies. The challenge is to see the dependencies between application and infrastructure layer. The infrastructure should focus on a standard operation systems and hardware model, using a strong virtualisation approach. Virtualisation here will allow a much easier and hardware independent creation of packages around databases, application servers, and even business applications such as ERP packages, generating a vendor situation, which caters for instant delivery of additional storage and hardware resources. This will create the ability to almost instantly generate additional productions, disaster recovery or test environments.
The application tier, will most likely drive towards a service-oriented architecture and the utilisation of an enterprise service bus will allow for generating layers of abstraction between distinct areas of enterprise architecture. These can then be evolved separately from each other, assuming proper data and interface design work.
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