“To say that change is coming to the enterprise is like saying the sun will rise in the east tomorrow.” These are the words of Arthur Cole of IT Business Edge. Cole argues that, while change is constant, the way change is occurring in the IT world is new and unfamiliar. These changes have everything to with new demands that are being made from technology:
The drivers behind all of this are the increasingly sophisticated demands of the user. Where workers were once content to engage in data environments for simple communications and number crunching, the norm these days is a highly collaborative, always-on experience in which the entire relationship between individual and work environment is defined by the level of access to IT resources. And that means if you don't have the means to accommodate user needs, they will simply go out on their own and get them.
Many of these changes are taking place in the areas of social media and cloud computing. Cole notes that it is important to keep up with changes in these and other areas. However, there is such a thing as reacting too much to change. Cole warns against adapting too quickly for fear that the technology will become obsolete before its time. Develop a standard framework for adjusting to change and you will be less likely to make such mistakes.
Cole reminds us that highly collaborative enviroments will help an organization adjust to changes such as cloud computing. In fact, your organization can use cloud computing to deal with changing trends. There is no one fool-proof answer for how to deal with change. There are, however, different methods of tackling it. Keeping pace is important, but not if it is costing your organization in the long wrong.