Stop calling it IT
Carl Tilkin-Franssens, CIO of the KBC Group, is clearly excited about the continued evolution of the internet and all it implies. As he describes it, the advent of HTTP set in motion a process of abstraction at the application level that continues today. From the advent of the first browser to YouTube and Wikipedia; they all are part of an ongoing movement toward open standards and establishing common ways of doing things. As millions more people and devices come online a new ecosystem is being created, the potential of which simply boggles the mind. One thing is clear though. The corporate IT organisation will need to change. Its primary role will be to navigate this emerging ecosystem, creating bridges to processes that can be done more effectively outside the traditional boundaries of the organisation. Which raises the question why it should still be called IT.
What are the main technology trends, in your opinion, that will be impacting on your business in the years ahead?
How do you see open source fitting in that picture?
The IT organisation is changing?
But can’t we make distinction between the user’s environment—the classic productivity tools—and the core operational processes, typically covered by heavy-duty ERP systems? Isn’t the whole web 2.0 story mainly applicable to the former?
Is KBC doing this?
Are there other such radical ideas being considered or implemented?
With the IT organisation splitting into two distinct forms, one an infrastructure team and another team aligned with the business, isn’t there a risk that the latter is simply co-opted into the business lines, leaving IT with a cost centre, the infrastructure part?
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